Michael is a Reader in Psychology at Goldsmiths where he is the Director of the Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation Laboratory. Prior to taking up his position at Goldsmiths he worked at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (University College London) where he completed his PhD (awarded 2010) and worked on personal Post-Doctoral Fellowships awarded by the British Academy and the Economic and Social Research Council. He has contributed to several diverse research areas, including synaesthesia, social cognition, brain stimulation, and face recognition. The breadth of his work is not only seen in scientific contributions, but also in his engagement to bring science to the public and his effort in connecting science to art. This has resulted in him receiving a number of honours, including substantial external funding and prizes from major scientific bodies in the UK and internationally.
The title of his presentation is "Sharing the experiences of others: Understanding mechanisms of vicarious perception in mirror-touch synaesthesia".