My research experience lies within the cognitive neuroscience field, with particular emphasis on the neural mechanisms underlying perception and cross-modal perception.
Most of my research to date has focused pain and smell. I have investigated how pain perception can be modulated by visual cues (e.g. placebo and nocebo), and how this is reflected in brain activity. More recently I have become interested in how pain is represented in people recovering from surgery and/or sports injuries. I have experience investigating how smells can influence our perception of objects and the world around us, and the neural correlates that underlie these types of effects.
I am incredibly interested in taste and eating behaviours, normal and abnormal eating habits and nutrition. I am passionate about investigating how these factors combine with lifestyle choices (e.g. exercise, drug/alcohol consumption) to contribute to psychological well-being and body image.
In addition to my primary interests, I have a broader interest in emotions and their neural correlates, and how humans perceive and portray their emotions. I am also interested in subjective valuation and decision making, and how this is applied in workplace culture and recruitment.