Dr Fatima Maria Felisberti

Position: Senior Lecturer
School: School Of Social And Behavioural Sciences
Email: F.Felisberti@kingston.ac.uk
Extension: 62014
Location: Room PR EM 3038, Eadweard Muybridge, Penrhyn Road
Website: https://sites.google.com/site/felisberti/


I am a neuroscientist interested in inter-disciplinary research addressing different aspects of human behaviour. The old dichotomy between internal (cognitive/neural) and external (social, environmet) factors can be detrimental to the understanding of the complexities of our behaviour.

Current research projects focus on:
- memory biases in social contexts
- emotion and self-perception in dementia
- emotion processing and resilience in Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy
- art appreciation
- quallity of experience analysis of visual information

My lab employs cognitive, evolutionary, neural and social toolkits to address those questions in a wide and integrated context.

Educational and professional qualifications

2006 PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning , Higher Academy
1996 PhD Neurosciences (Cybernetics) , Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Germany
1992 PhD Neuroscience (Vision) , São Paulo University (practical: Free University Berlin, Germany)
1988 Physiology & Experimental Psychology , Federal University of RGS & University of São Paulo, Brazil

Professional experience (post-1990)

2009-2012 External Examiner, Bournemouth University
2006-present Senior Lecturer, Kingston University
2006-2010 Visiting Lecturer, King's College London
2006 Senior Lecturer, West London University
2003-2005 Postdoctoral researcher, Royal Holloway University of London
2001-2007 Associate Lecturer, Open University, London & Cambridge
2000-2003 Postdoctoral researcher, City University, London
2000 Visiting Lecturer, City University, London
1996-2000 Postdoctoral researcher, University of Nottingham


PS6009 - The Psychology of Art and Film (UG, PG), Module Leader
PS6003 - Neuropsychology and Neuro-rehabilitation (UG, PG)
PS6000 - Psychology Research Project (UG)
PS5004 - Work Based Learning in Psychology (UG)
PS4002 - Foundations of Psychology (UG)

PS7000 - Psychology Dissertation (PG)
PS7004 - Cognition and Biological Psychology (PG)
PS7008 - Applications of Psychological Research (PG)
PS7012 - Research Skills in Psychology (PG)

PS3178 - Cognitive Neuropsychology (UG), Module Leader
PS2438 - Evolutionary Psychology (UG), Module Leader
PS1238 - Introduction to Psychology 2 (UG)
PS3438 - Psychology of Art (UG), Module Leader
PS3268 - Psychology Research Project (UG)

PSM409 - Current Issues in Psychology (PG)
PSM400 - Psychology Dissertation, (PG)
PSM412 - Guided Research Activity A (PG)
PSM413 - Guided Research Activity B (PG)
PSM408 - Research Skills in Psychology (PG)

PS2228 - Biopsychology (UG)
PS1208 - Experimenting with People, (UG)
PS1228 - Introduction to Psychology 1, (UG)
PS2178 - Research Methods 2, (UG)

Research supervision

PhD programme:

2015 - Rose Turner, 1st supervisor
2015 - Peter Andras Kara, 2nd supervisor (WMN)
2013 - Sarah Geisemeyer, 1st supervisor
2011 - Jane Trueman, 1st supervisor with Phil Terry

2010-2011 - Jane Trueman

Erasmus program:
- Kristina Gorodetski, Osnabruck University, Germany (2010/11)
- Elena Chipi, University of Padova, Italy (2011/12)

Research areas

: Emotion processsing
: Memory and Attention biases
: Face processing
: Psychology of Art
: Social Cognition


European Commission: Marie k?odowska-Curie grant: QoE-Net - Quality of Experience (European Team)
CNPq/KFA, Germany): Free University Berlin - researcher
The Royal Society: Travel Award
Physiological Society: Travel Award
Santander International Funding: Santander Mobility Scheme

International connections

Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Germany
University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
University of the Republic, Montevideo, Uruguay

Professional activity

EXTERNAL EXAMINER for Bournemouth University

RED - Wispa duo add

Ad hoc referee for ESRC - Economic and Social Research Council
Ad hoc referee for NSERC - Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (Canada)
Ad hoc referee for Psychological Science
Ad hoc referee for Visual Cognition
Ad hoc referee for Vision Research
Ad hoc referee for Laterality
Ad hoc referee for The Higher Education
Ad hoc referee for Journal of Experimental Psychology
Ad hoc referee for Journal of Experimental Child Psychology
Ad hoc referee for Applied Vision Association
Ad hoc referee for Human Evolution
Ad hoc referee for Acta Psychologica
Ad hoc referee for Psychology & Neuroscience
Ad hoc referee for European Conference of Visual Perception
Ad hoc referee for Applied Vision Association

1. Max Planck Instite for Biological Cybernics, Germany
2. University of São aulo, Biomedical Sciences, Brazil
3. UMIST, Manchester, Psychology, UK
4. Royal Holloway University of London, Psychology, UK
5. University College London, Psychology, UK
6. Kingston University, Computing and Information Systems, UK
7. University of East London, Psychology, UK
8. Sunderland University, Psychology, UK
9. University of Essex, Psychology, UK
10. Kingston University, Law School, UK
11. Swansea University, Psychology, UK
12. Sao Paulo University, School of Psychology, Brazil

Research outputs

Number of items: 45.


Tianinen, Mikko O., Lukavsky, Jiri, Tiippana, Kaisa, Vainio, Martti, Simko, Juraj, Felisberti, Fatima M. and Vainio, Lari (2017) Connections of grasping and horizontal hand movements with articulation in Czech speakers. Frontiers in Psychology, ISSN (online) 1664-1078

Turner, Rose and Felisberti, Fatima M. (2017) Measuring mindreading : a review of behavioral approaches to testing cognitive and affective mental state attribution in neurologically typical adults. Frontiers in Psychology, 8(47), ISSN (online) 1664-1078

Tiainen, Mikko, Felisberti, Fatima Maria, Tiippana, Kaisa, Vainio, Martii, Simko, Juraj, Lukavsky, Jiri and Vainio, Lari (2016) Congruency effect between articulation and grasping in native English speakers. Proc. Interspeech, 2016, pp. 1108-1112. ISSN (online) 1990-9772

Felisberti, Fatima M. and Farrelly, Daniel (2016) Investigating behaviour and face encoding in a hypothetical real-world social contract : handwashing in hazardous health settings. Evolutionary Psychological Science, 2(3), pp. 207-213. ISSN (online) 2198-9885

Felisberti, Fatima and Terry, Philip (2015) The effects of alcohol on the recognition of facial expressions and microexpressions of emotion : enhanced recognition of disgust and contempt. Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental, 30(5), pp. 384-392. ISSN (print) 0885-6222

Felisberti, Fatima Maria and Sear, Rebecca (2014) Postdoctoral researchers in the UK: a snapshot at factors affecting their research output. PloS one, 9(4), e93890. ISSN (online) 1932-6203

Felisberti, Fatima M. and Musholt, Kristina (2014) Self-face perception: individual differences and discrepancies associated with mental self-face representation, attractiveness and self-esteem. Psychology & Neuroscience, 7(2), pp. 65-72. ISSN (print) 1984-3054

Felisberti, Fatima M and McDermott, Mark R. (2013) Spatial location in brief, free-viewing face encoding modulates contextual face recognition. iPerception, 4(5), pp. 352-360. ISSN (online) 2041-6695

Felisberti, Fatima Maria and Pavey, Louisa (2010) Contextual modulation of biases in face recognition. PLoS ONE, 5(9), ISSN (online) 1932-6203

Prince, Simon J.D., Elder, James H., Warrell, Jonathan and Felisberti, Fatima M. (2008) Tied factor analysis for face recognition across large pose differences. IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, 30(6), pp. 970-984. ISSN (print) 0162-8828

Felisberti, Fatima M. and Zanker, Johannes M. (2005) Attention modulates perception of transparent motion. Vision Research, 45(19), pp. 2587-2599. ISSN (online) 0042-6989

Felisberti, Fatima M., Solomon, Joshua A. and Morgan, Michael J. (2005) The role of target salience in crowding. Perception, 34(7), pp. 823-833. ISSN (print) 0301-0066

Solomon, Joshua A., Felisberti, Fatima M. and Morgan, Michael J. (2004) Crowding and the tilt illusion: toward a unified account. Journal of Vision, 4(6), pp. 500-508. ISSN (online) 1534-7362

Felisberti, Fatima and Derrington, Andrew M. (2001) Long-range interactions in the lateral geniculate nucleus of the New-World monkey, Callithrix jacchus. Visual Neuroscience, 18(2), pp. 209-218. ISSN (print) 0952-5238

Felisberti, F.M. and Derrington, A.M (1999) Long range interactions modulate the contrast gain in the lateral geniculate nucleus of cats. Visual Neuroscience, 16(5), pp. 943-956. ISSN (print) 0952-5238

Derrington, A.M. and Felisberti, Fatima (1998) Peripheral shift reduces visual sensitivity in cat geniculate neurones. Visual Neuroscience, 15(5), pp. 875-880. ISSN (print) 0952-5238

Felisberti, Fatima, Ventura, Dora Fix and Hertel, Horst (1997) Cerebral extraocular photoreceptors in beetles. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A: Physiology, 118(4), pp. 1353-1357. ISSN (print) 1096-4940

Felisberti, Fatima, Antkowiak, Bernd and Kirschfeld, Kuno (1997) Effects of volatile anaesthetics on the membrane potential and ion channels of cultured neocortical astrocytes. Brain Research, 766(1-2), pp. 56-65. ISSN (print) 0006-8993

Felisberti, F. and Ventura, D.F. (1996) Cerebral extraocular photoreceptors in ants. Tissue and Cell, 28(1), pp. 25-30. ISSN (print) 0040-8166

Conference or Workshop Item

Kara, Peter, Robitza, Werner, Martini, Maria, Hewage, Chaminda and Felisberti, Fatima (2016) Getting used to or growing annoyed: how perception thresholds and acceptance of frame freezing vary over time in 3D video streaming. In: IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME) 2016; 11-15 July 2016, Seattle, USA. (Unpublished)

Felisberti, Fatima Maria (2016) Long-lasting effects of early family environment on adults processing of brief affective facial expressions. In: Experimental Psychology Society London Meeting; 06 - 08 Jan 2016, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Kara, Peter A., Martini, Maria G., Hewage, Chaminda T.E.R. and Felisberti, Fatima. M. (2016) Times change, stalling stays: subjective quality assessment over time of stalling in autostereoscopic 3D video services. In: 12th International Conference on Signal Image Technology & Internet Based Systems (SITIS) 3rd International Workshop on Quality of Multimedia Services (QUAMUS); 28 Nov - 1 Dec 2016, Naples, Italy.

Haugland, Tor-Arne and Felisberti, Fatima Maria (2014) Absence of face recognition biases related to hand-washing behaviour in a hazardous health scenario. In: European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association Annual Conference; 06 - 09 Apr 2014, Bristol, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Felisberti, Fatima, Trueman, Jane, Cobley, Laura, Hall, Emily and Williams, Alexandra (2014) Does the family environment affect the recognition of brief displays of emotion? In: Experimental Psychology Society London Meeting; 09 - 10 Jan 2014, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Felisberti, Fatima Maria (2014) The effect of aging, encoding order, and race in contextual face recognition. In: European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association Annual Conference; 06 - 09 Apr 2014, Bristol, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Felisberti, Fatima M., Cox, Rebecca, Wanli, Jana and Dover, Cassandra (2013) Social context modulates face recognition in young and intermediate age adults. In: Experimental Psychology Society London Meeting; 03 - 04 Jan 2013, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Felisberti, F, Cobley, L, Hall, E and Williams, A (2013) The effect of family environment in the recognition of brief displays of emotion. In: 36th European Conference on Visual Perception; 25 - 29 Aug 2013, Bremen, Germany. (Unpublished)

Felisberti, F M, Wanli, J, Cox, R and Dover, C (2012) Age-related contextual modulation in face recognition. In: ECVP 2012: 35th European Conference on Visual Perception; 02 - 06 Sep 2012, Alghero, Italy. (Unpublished)

Felisberti, Fatima and Terry, Phil (2012) Alcohol enhances the recognition of microexpressions of disgust and contempt. In: CERE 2012: Fourth European Conference on Emotion; 02 - 05 May 2007, Canterbury, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Felisberti, F M (2012) Individual differences in self-face recognition. In: AVA Christmas Meeting; 18 Dec 2012, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Felisberti, Fatima, Manan, Sabira and Gorodetski, Kristina (2011) Asymmetries in self-face recognition. In: XI International Conference on Cognitive Neuroscience (ICON XI); 25 - 29 Sep 2011, Palma, Mallorca, Spain.

Felisberti, Fatima and Gorodetski, Kristina (2011) Self-face recognition: asymmetries and individual differences. In: ECVP 11 - 34th European Conference on Visual Perception; 28 Aug - 01 Sep 2011, Toulouse, France. ISSN (print) 0301-0066

Felisberti, Fatima, Tekes, Sinem and Ibrahim, Lazian (2010) Biases in face recognition. In: Annual Meeting of the European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association; 25 - 27 Mar 2010, Poland. (Unpublished)

Felisberti, F. M. (2010) Contextual modulation in face recognition. In: AVA Easter Meeting; 29th March 2010, Liverpool, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Felisberti, Fatima M., Bates, Liam, Rabadia, Jenna, Kato, Yuki and Schembri, Marilena (2010) How well do we know our own faces? In: 33rd European Conference on Visual Perception; 22-26 August 2010, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Felisberti, Fatima and Aidoo, Bernard [Contributor] (2009) Enhanced memory for cooperators in a face-in-the-crowd task. In: European Human Behaviour & Evolution Association Conference; 06 - 08 Apr 2009, St Andrews, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Felisberti, F M (2009) Self-face recognition: now it looks like me, now it doesn't. In: 32nd European Conference on Visual Perception; 24 - 28 Aug 2009, Regensburg, Germany.

Felisberti, F.M. and Zanker, J.M. (2005) Does attention affect the identification of multiple directions in transparent motion? In: Twenty-eighth European Conference on Visual Perception; 22-26 Aug 2005, A Coruna, Spain.

Felisberti, F M and Zanker, J M (2004) Does attention affect transparent motion perception? In: Twenty-seventh European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP 2004); 22-26 Aug 2004, Budapest, Hungary.

Gheri, C., Solomon, J.A., Felisberti, F. and Morgan, M.J. (2004) 'Pop-out' does not prevent 'crowding'. In: Twenty-seventh European Conference on Visual Perception; 22-26 Aug 2004, Budapest, Hungary.

Solomon, Joshua A., Felisberti, Fatima and Morgan, Michael J. (2003) Crowding and the tilt illusion: toward a unified account. In: Eighth Applied Vision Association Christmas Meeting; 17 Dec 2003, Birmingham, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Felisberti, F.M., Solomon, J.A. and Morgan, M.J. (2003) Distortions of perceived orientation in crowded arrays. In: Twenty-sixth European Conference on Visual Perception; 1-5 Sep 2003, Paris, France.

Felisberti, Fatima and Morgan, Michael J. (2002) Effects of suprathreshold contrast modulation on crowding. In: Vision Sciences Society Meeting; 10-15 May 2002, Sarasota, U.S..

Felisberti, F. and Morgan, M.J. (2001) Orientation averaging and positional uncertainty in crowded and spaced arrays. In: Twenty-fourth European Conference on Visual Perception; 26-30 Aug 2001, Kusadasi, Turkey.

Barraclough, N.E., Derrington, A.M. and Felisberti, F.M. (2001) Responses to second-order patterns in primate lateral geniculate nucleus. In: British Neuroscience Association 16th National Meeting; 8-11 Apr 2001, Harrogate, U.K..

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