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Chris Fassnidge

PhD student

Department of Psychology

Cognitive Neuroscience Research Unit

E: Christopher.fassnidge.1@city.ac.uk

Thesis title: Exploring the prevalence and underlying mechanisms of Hearing-Motion Synaesthesia with psychophysics, EEG and neurostimulation.

Supervisor: Dr Elliot Freeman

Overview and research interests

Chris' current work looks at how the senses integrate in order that we can perceive the world around us. He is particularly interested the ability of some individuals to 'hear' purely visual events, such as flashes of light or moving objects despite these objects not making a sound. This is a form of synaesthesia, a 'cross-wiring' of the brain. His work to date suggests that this may be a normal phenomenon that many of us experience to some degree, and he is now using techniques such as electroencephalography (EEG) and psychophysics to explore the underlying brain mechanisms of this phenomenon.

Research interests

  • Multisensory interation
  • Synaesthesia
  • Electroencephalography (EEG)
  • Sensory perception
  • Plasticity and learning
  • Neurostimulation.

Chris has an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience from UCL (2010), where he spent time working in Jon Driver's lab at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging. Before this he obtained a BSc in Psychology from the University of Surrey (2008). He has also spent several years working with clinical populations, including 18 months working as a Research Worker at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London on a randomised control trial looking at the effectiveness of CBT-based interventions on inpatient psychiatric wards in South London.

Publications

  • Barrowclough, C., Ram, A., Fassnidge, C., & Wykes, T. (2012). Family Interventions in Schizophrenia. In Castle, D. J., Copolov, D. L., Wykes, T., & Mueser, K. T. (Eds.), Pharmacological and Psychosocial Treatments in Schizophrenia (3rd ed., pp. 213-224). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

Posters / Conferences

  • Kluge, C., Fassnidge, C., Bauer, M., Tootell, S., Heinze, H., Dolan, R., & Driver, J. (2013). "Human auditory frequency discrimination is enhanced perceptually and neurally around a conditioned frequency" UCL Neuroscience symposium, London, June 21st 2013.
  • Fassnidge, C., Marcotti, C., & Freeman, E. (2014). Visual masking of auditory signal detection in normally-occurring 'hearing-motion synaesthesia'. UK Synaesthesia Association Annual Conference, 12-13th April 2014, Goldsmiths College, London, UK.
  • Fassnidge, C., Marcotti, C., & Freeman, E. (2014). Visual masking of auditory signal detection in normally-occurring 'hearing-motion synaesthesia'. International Multisensory Research Forum (IMRF) 2014 Conference, June 11-14 2014, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Teaching

  • City University London: PS1002 - Professional and Academic Development for Psychologists.
  • City University London: PS2001 - Research Methods in Psychology.
  • City University London: Statistics and SPSS clinics (one-on-one tuition).