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Dr Helge Gillmeister

Senior Lecturer
Department of Psychology
Dr Helge Gillmeister
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    +44 (0) 1206 873533

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    2.715, Colchester Campus

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Biography

My research is about how our sense of body gives rise to our sense of self. I use EEG/ERPs and psychophysical methods to investigate how tactile and visual processing mechanisms contribute to body representation. I'm a member of the British Association for Cognitive Neuroscience, the Experimental Psychology Society, and the European Brain and Behaviour Society. I joined the Department of Psychology here at Essex in 2009. Before that, I did my BSc in Psychology with Cognitive Science at University College London. After that, I worked at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge, investigating tactile attention and body representation in healthy adults and neuropsychological patients (with Prof Anthony Marcel). Then I did my PhD on the perception of vibrations (in touch and hearing) at Birkbeck, University of London (supervised by Prof Martin Eimer). After my PhD, I returned to University College London to work on the role of sensorimotor learning in the imitation of actions (with Prof Cecilia Heyes). After that, I was at the Cognitive Neuroscience Research Unit at City University London, investigating tactile spatial attention and body representation in perception and action (with Prof Bettina Forster).

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Visual body representations and effects of body image eating and body dysmorphic disorders

Somatosensory processes, multisensory processes involving somatosensation

Sensorimotor learning, neural plasticity, integration of external objects/tools into the body schema

Mirror touch, action representation, and social cognition

Current research

The bodily self

Visual remapping of touch (mirror touch)

Visual body representation

Eating and body dysmorphic disorders

Healthy active ageing

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Brain and Behaviour (PS411)

  • Consciousness and the bodily self (PS501)

  • Psychology of Body, Senses and Existence (PS502)

  • Believing is Seeing. The power of belief and suggestion on the mind and brain (PS508)

  • MSc Psychology Research Project (PS900)

  • Research Project (MSc) (PS934)

  • Advanced Brain and Behaviour (PS943)

  • Research Experience (PS944)

Previous supervision

Katie Elizabeth Groves
Katie Elizabeth Groves
Thesis title: Visual Body Perception: Towards Identifying Objective Markers of Body Image Disturbance in Brain and Behaviour
Degree subject: Psychology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 11/5/2017
Silviya Petkova Doneva
Silviya Petkova Doneva
Thesis title: Social Inhibition of Return: Causes and Properties
Degree subject: Psychology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 25/2/2016

Publications

Journal articles (22)

Schabinger, N., Gillmeister, H., Berti, S., Michal, M., Beutel, ME. and Adler, J., (2018). Detached and distracted: ERP correlates of altered attentional function in depersonalisation. Biological Psychology. 134, 64-71

Groves, K., Kennett, S. and Gillmeister, H., (2018). Early visual ERPs show stable body-sensitive patterns over a 4-week test period. PLoS ONE. 13 (2), e0192583-e0192583

Groves, K., Kennett, S. and Gillmeister, H., (2018). Affective responses to body stimuli: comparing male and female bodies with cropped heads and masked faces. Journal of Cognitive Psychology. 30 (7), 754-770

Groves, K., Kennett, S. and Gillmeister, H., (2017). Evidence for ERP biomarkers of eating disorder symptoms in women. Biological Psychology. 123, 205-219

Gillmeister, H., Bowling, N., Rigato, S. and Banissy, MJ., (2017). Inter-individual differences in vicarious tactile perception: A view across the lifespan in typical and atypical populations. Multisensory Research. 30 (6), 485-508

Adler, J., Schabinger, N., Michal, M., Beutel, ME. and Gillmeister, H., (2016). Is that me in the mirror? Depersonalisation modulates tactile mirroring mechanisms. Neuropsychologia. 85, 148-158

Gillmeister, H., (2014). A new perceptual paradigm to investigate the visual remapping of others’ tactile sensations onto one’s own body shows “mirror touch” for the hands. Frontiers in Psychology. 5 (FEB), 95-

Gillmeister, H., Cantarella, S., Gheorghiu, AI. and Adler, J., (2013). Object-Guided Spatial Selection in Touch Without Concurrent Changes in the Perceived Location of the Hands. Experimental Psychology. 60 (1), 64-70

Simpson, A., Cooper, NR., Gillmeister, H. and Riggs, KJ., (2013). Seeing triggers acting, hearing does not trigger saying: Evidence from children?s weak inhibition. Cognition. 128 (2), 103-112

Gillmeister, H. and Forster, B., (2012). Hands behind your back: effects of arm posture on tactile attention in the space behind the body. Experimental Brain Research. 216 (4), 489-497

Gillmeister, H. and Forster, B., (2012). Adverse effects of viewing the hand on tactile-spatial selection between fingers depend on finger posture. Experimental Brain Research. 221 (3), 269-278

Forster, B. and Gillmeister, H., (2011). ERP investigation of transient attentional selection of single and multiple locations within touch. Psychophysiology. 48 (6), 788-796

Gillmeister, H., Sambo, CF. and Forster, B., (2010). Which finger? Early effects of attentional selection within the hand are absent when the hand is viewed. European Journal of Neuroscience. 31 (10), 1874-1881

Gillmeister, H. and Forster, B., (2010). Vision enhances selective attention to body-related information. Neuroscience Letters. 483 (3), 184-188

Gillmeister, H., Adler, J. and Forster, B., (2010). Object-guided Spatial Attention in Touch: Holding the Same Object with Both Hands Delays Attentional Selection. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 22 (5), 931-942

Sambo, CF., Gillmeister, H. and Forster, B., (2009). Viewing the body modulates neural mechanisms underlying sustained spatial attention in touch. European Journal of Neuroscience. 30 (1), 143-150

Catmur, C., Gillmeister, H., Bird, G., Liepelt, R., Brass, M. and Heyes, C., (2008). Through the looking glass: counter-mirror activation following incompatible sensorimotor learning. European Journal of Neuroscience. 28 (6), 1208-1215

Gillmeister, H., Catmur, C., Liepelt, R., Brass, M. and Heyes, C., (2008). Experience-based priming of body parts: A study of action imitation. Brain Research. 1217, 157-170

Press, C., Gillmeister, H. and Heyes, C., (2007). Sensorimotor experience enhances automatic imitation of robotic action. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 274 (1625), 2509-2514

Gillmeister, H. and Eimer, M., (2007). Tactile enhancement of auditory detection and perceived loudness. Brain Research. 1160 (1), 58-68

Press, C., Gillmeister, H. and Heyes, C., (2006). Bottom-up, not top-down, modulation of imitation by human and robotic models. European Journal of Neuroscience. 24 (8), 2415-2419

Marcel, A., Postma, P., Gillmeister, H., Cox, S., Rorden, C., Nimmo-Smith, I. and Mackintosh, B., (2004). Migration and fusion of tactile sensation—premorbid susceptibility to allochiria, neglect and extinction?. Neuropsychologia. 42 (13), 1749-1767

Conferences (3)

Calvo-Merino, B., Jones, A., Gillmeister, H., Tziraki, M. and Forster, B., (2012). The influence of experience on aesthetic processing: insight from ballet dancers watching dance postures

Forster, B. and Gillmeister, H., (2009). VIEWING FINGERS OF THE SAME HAND CAN DISTURB TACTILE ATTENTIONAL SELECTION

Murakami, M., Nakagawasai, O., Yanai, K., Nunoki, K., Tan-No, K., Tadano, T. and Iijima, T., (2007). Modified behavioral characteristics following ablation of the voltage-dependent calcium channel β3 subunit

Grants and funding

2017

Extraordinary bodies: people's initial perceptions of atypical bodies and disabilities, and can we change them?

British Academy

Contact

helge@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 873533

Location:

2.715, Colchester Campus