Dr Elisabeth von dem Hagen
My research interests involve studying the neural mechanisms behind emotion processing and social cognition more generally. I am particularly interested in how the processing of social signals, like faces and eye gaze, may differ in Autism Spectrum Conditions. To address these questions, I primarily use neuroimaging, using a combination of both structural and functional MRI techniques.
I teach on the Year 2 Thinking, Emotion and Consciousness module (PS2023). I also give Year 2 academic tutorials, and supervise Final Year projects. On the MSc Neuroimaging Methods and Applications course, I act as a personal tutor as well as project supervisor. I am the School of Psychology’s Careers Liaison officer.
Selected publications (2014 onwards)
Research topics and related papers
My research is broadly concerned with social information processing, and particularly the brain systems underlying the processing of social signals. I am especially interested in how these systems might differ in people with an Autism Spectrum Condition. One aspect of this research looks specifically at cortical activity in response to social stimuli such as faces and eye gaze using fMRI (e.g. von dem Hagen et al, Cerebral Cortex, 2014). I am also interested more generally in the structure and function of networks subserving social information processing, in the absence of a specific task/stimulus (e.g. von dem Hagen et al, Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci, 2013).
More recently I have become interested in developing novel, more ecologically valid methods to study social information processing. For example, one aspect of this research involves studying eye movements to probe gaze behaviour under different conditions during real social interactions.
2012-2013 - MRC Centenary Award, £52,530
Wales Autism Research Centre
Christoph Teufel (School of Psychology/CUBRIC, Cardiff University)
Michael Ewbank, Philip Pell, Fionnuala Murphy (MRC Cognition & Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, UK)
Simon Baron-Cohen (Univ of Cambridge, UK)
Luca Passamonti (Istituto di Bioimmagini e Fisiologia Molecolare, Catanzaro, Italy)
Postgraduate research interests
If you are interested in applying for a PhD, or for further information regarding my postgraduate research, please contact me directly (contact details available on the 'Overview' page), or submit a formal application here.
BSc in Physics and Physiology, McGill University, Canada
MSc in Medical Physics, University of Toronto, Canada
Thesis: High angular resolution diffusion Magnetic Resonance for the determination of fibre structure
PhD in Psychology, Royal Holloway University of London, UK
Thesis: Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the visual system in humans with albinism
2015-Present - Lecturer, Cardiff University
2006-2014 - Investigator Scientist, then Senior Investigator Scientist, MRC Cognition & Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, UK
2010-2014 - Guest Lecturer, Dept of Physiology, Development & Neuroscience, University of Cambridge, UK
2007-2014 - Associate Lecturer, Open University, UK
2006 - Post-doctoral Researcher, Dept of Psychology, University of York, UK