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Michael is an award-winning Professor in Social Neuroscience and Science Communicator. He is the Director of Banissy Lab, and Professor in Psychology at Goldsmiths (University of London). Prior to taking up his position at Goldsmiths he worked at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London (UCL) on personal Research Fellowships awarded by the British Academy and the ESRC. He also completed his PhD in Psychology at UCL.

Michael has contributed to several diverse research areas, including emotion, empathy, loneliness, personality and individual differences, creativity, synaesthesia, touch, and brain stimulation. The breadth of his work is not only seen in scientific contributions, but also in his engagement to bring science to the public and industry. This has resulted in him receiving a number of honours, including substantial external funding and prizes for outstanding contributions to Psychological Science from major organisations in the UK and internationally. Michael was also recently awarded a Royal Society Short Industry Fellowship working with OPIÑON Ltd ( and is now part of the Royal Society Industry Fellows College.