Dr Fraser Smith is a Lecturer in the School of Psychology at UEA. He completed a B.Sc. Degree in Psychology at the University of Glasgow, and a PhD in Psychology at the University of Stirling. He was an MRC and ERC funded post-doctoral researcher for several years at the University of Glasgow (Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging). He was then awarded a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Western Ontario (Brain & Mind Institute), London, Canada. His main research focus is the cognitive neuroscience of perception, including how prior experience shapes current sensory processing and the perception and production of facial expressions of emotion. He mainly uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and behavioural methods in his research.
Fraser began working as a Lecturer at UEA in August 2013.
Smith, F.W. & Goodale, M.A. (2015). Decoding visual object categories in early somatosensory cortex. Cerebral Cortex, 25, 1020-1031.
Vetter, P., Smith, F.W., & Muckli, L. (2014). Decoding sound and imagery content in early visual cortex. Current Biology, 24 (11), 1256-1262.
Smith, F.W. & Muckli, L. (2010) Non-Stimulated early visual areas carry information about surrounding context. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 107 (46), 20099-20103.
Smith F.W. & Schyns P.G. (2009). Smile through your Fear and Sadness: Transmitting and Identifying Facial Expression Signals over a range of Viewing Distances. Psychological Science, 20 (10), 1202-1208.
For more information about Fraser Smith's research, please visit https://frasersmithresearch.wordpress.com/
Identifying and detecting facial expressions of emotion in peripheral vision,
in PLoS ONE
article no. e0197160Full Text UEA Repository
Spatially generalizable representations of facial expressions: Decoding across partial face samples,
pp. 31-43Full Text UEA Repository
Contextual Feedback to Superficial Layers of V1,
in Current Biology
pp. 2690-2695Full Text UEA Repository
Decoding visual object categories in early somatosensory cortex,
in Cerebral Cortex
pp. 1020-1031Full Text UEA Repository
Decoding Sound and Imagery Content in Early Visual Cortex,
in Current Biology
pp. 1256-1262Full Text UEA Repository
Nonstimulated early visual areas carry information about surrounding context,
in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS)
pp. 20099-20103Full Text UEA Repository
Key Research Interests
My research is concerned with how the human brain accomplishes our rich perception of the world; including how we perceive and produce facial expressions of emotion and how our prior knowledge influences ongoing sensory processing. I use behavioural and neuroimaging methods (particularly fMRI, and more recently EEG) to investigate these topics.
Please email Fraser if you are interested in studying for a PhD or in gaining research experience.
Masters - Module Leader Cognitive Neuroscience
Masters - Module Leader Research Methods 2: Advanced Methods & Research Placement
Year 2 - Guest Lecturer Cognition
Year 3 – Undergraduate Research Project
I would be willing to supervise students interested in studying various aspects of high level vision, including face recognition and facial expressions of emotion as well as influences of prior knowledge on sensory processing (e.g. predictions, priming) and the effects of aging and specific mental disorders on these processes (e.g. pre-clinical anxiety and depression).
Office Hours: Mondays: 11 am -1 pm.
Director of Cognitive Neuroscience Masters
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