Dr Stephanie Cook

Job: Lecturer in Psychology

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: 0116 2506547

E: stephanie.cook@dmu.ac.uk

W: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Stephanie_Cook5

 

Personal profile

Doctor Stephanie Cooks' research experience lies within the cognitive neuroscience field, with particular emphasis on the neural mechanisms underlying perception and cross-modal perception.

Most of her research has focused on how the brain perceives pain intensity, and how pain intensity perception can be modulated by visual cues (e.g. placebo and nocebo). She also has experience investigating how odours can influence our perception of objects and the world around us, and the neural correlates that underlie these types of effects.

Stephanie's work has lead her to develop a broader interest in emotions and their neural correlates, with particular emphasis on disgust. She is also interested in subjective valuation and decision making applicable to business psychology, workplace culture and recruitment.

Whilst it is not her direct area of expertise, she is incredibly interested in gustation and eating behaviours, normal and abnormal eating habits and nutrition, and how these combined with lifestyle choices (e.g. exercise, drug/alcohol consumption) contribute to psychological well-being and body image.

Research group affiliations

  • Cognition & Neuroscience, Health Psychology, Self & Identity

Key research outputs

  • Stephanie Cook, Katerina Kokmotou, Vicente Soto, Hazel Wright, Nicholas Fallon, Anna Thomas, Timo Giesbrecht, Matt Field, Andrej Stancak: Simultaneous odour-face presentation strengthens hedonic evaluations and event-related potential responses influenced by unpleasant odour. Neuroscience Letters (2018) DOI: 10.1016/j.neulet.2018.02.032

  • Stephanie Cook, Nicholas Fallon, Vicente Soto, John Tyson-Carr, Katerina Kokmotou, Anna Thomas, Timo Giesbrecht, Matt Field, Andrej Stancak: Pleasant and unpleasant odour-face combinations influence face and odour perception: An event-related potential study. Behavioural Brain Research (2017) DOI: 10.1016/j.bbr.2017.07.010.
  • Stephanie Cook, Nicholas Fallon, Hazel Wright, Anna Thomas, Timo Giesbrecht, Matt Field, Andrej Stancak: Pleasant and Unpleasant Odors Influence Hedonic Evaluations of Human Faces: An Event-Related Potential Study. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience (2015) DOI:10.3389/fnhum.2015.00661
  • Andrej Stancak, Stephanie Cook, Hazel Wright, Nicholas Fallon: Mapping multidimensional pain experience onto electrophysiological responses to noxious laser heat stimuli. NeuroImage (2015) DOI:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.10.028

  • John Tyson-Carr, Katerina Kokmotou, Vicente Soto, Stephanie Cook, Nicholas Fallon, Timo Giesbrecht, Andrej Stancak: The neural correlates of economic value and valuation context: An event-related potentials study. Journal of Neurophysiology (2018)

Research interests/expertise

  • Pain perceptionfaction
  • Emotion
  • Cross-modal perception
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Subjective valuation & decision making
  • Business psychology applied to workplace culture
  • Eating behaviours and nutrition
  • Psychology of sport and exercise

Areas of teaching

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Biological Psychology
  • Research Methods

Qualifications

  • PhD Psychology
  • MSc Research Methods for Psychology
  • BSc Psychology

Honours and awards

  • ESRC funding for PhD research, 2012

Conference attendance

  • Poster presentation: “Pleasant and Unpleasant Odors Influence Hedonic Evaluations of Human Faces: An Event-Related Potential Study” Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting, 2015
  • Poster presentation: “Simultaneous odour-face presentation strengthens hedonic evaluations and event-related potential responses influenced by unpleasant odour” Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting, 2016
  • Poster presentation: “Pleasant and unpleasant odour-face combinations influence face and odour perception: An event-related potential study.” Federation of European Neuroscience Societies Annual Meeting, 2016
  • Poster presentation: “Pleasant and Unpleasant Odors Influence Hedonic Evaluations of Human Faces: An Event-Related Potential Study” British Neuroscience Association Festival of Neuroscience, 2015

Consultancy work

 

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