PhD Candidate – Psychology
Room: Gaskell Building 170
I obtained my medical degree from Shahid Beheshti University of medical sciences, Tehran, Iran in 2002. The title of my thesis was psychodrama; an alternative therapeutic approach to several types of disorders in psychiatric patients. I worked as a general practitioner (GP) with personal trend in psychiatry and neurology between 2002 and 2006. I started my PhD in cognitive neuropsychology in 2008. My study focuses on cross-modal interactions of the visual and gustatory cortices in the human brain. These interactions/integrations are mediated by the mirror neuron system and could be considered as a type of synaesthetic experience. Using behavioural and neuroimaging paradigms, I have been trying to find out whether the underlying brain mechanisms that cause these experiences are similar between synaesthetes and non-synaesthetes.
PhD Working Title
Interactions of Vision and Taste; Investigation of Mirror Taste Synaesthesia
Synaesthesia, Taste Perception, Mirror Neuron System, Embodied Cognition, Theory of Mind, Multisensory Integration, Cross-modal Interactions