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I joined the Aston Brain Centre and the School of Life and Health Sciences in May 2013, having spent the previous 7.5 years at the Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging and the School of Psychology at Glasgow University.
I obtained my Diploma in Psychology from Mannheim University in 1995. I also finished my PhD in Mannheim (1999) while working at the Collaborative Research Centre "Situated Artificial Communicators" at Bielefeld University. I was then employed as a researcher at the Wolfson Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Wales, Bangor and subsequently in the MEG (Magnetoencephalography) Laboratory at Duesseldorf University before coming back to the UK.

Research Interests

I employ MEEG experiments (evoked responses, oscillations, and synchronisation) as well as behavioural studies to investigate the following topics: Visual working memory, selective attention, the mirror system, and embodied (social) cognition. Recently, I have developed research interests in Autism, Compulsive Checking, and drug-related memory biases. I am member of the Aston Brain Centre (ABC) and the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Group (CAN).


05/2013 -- Present     Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience in the School of Life & Health Sciences, Aston University
09/2010 – 04/2013     Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology, University of Glasgow
08/2005 – 08/2010     Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Glasgow University
05/2002 – 07/2005     Research Officer, MEG Laboratory, Department of Neurology, Duesseldorf University
02/2001 – 04/2002     Research Officer, School of Psychology, University of Wales, Bangor
02/1995 – 01/2001     Research Assistant (postdoctoral after June 1999), Department of Linguistics, Bielefeld University


  •   Diploma in Psychology (Dipl-Psych), Mannheim University (Germany) 1994

  •   PhD in Psychology, Mannheim University (Germany) 1999

Teaching Activity

In Psychology I convene and teach a 2nd year module on "Brain and Behaviour" (PY2242) together with Dr Dan Shaw and Dr Ed Walford (convenor of practical element) and a 3rd year module on “Basics of Joint Attention” (PY3005). 

I also teach on the Msc "Cognitive Neuroscience" and convene the module "Advanced Methods of Cognitive Neuroscience".


Please get in touch (k.kessler@aston.ac.uk) if you would like to discuss a psychology final year project or an MSc project.

Contact Details

email: k.kessler@aston.ac.uk
telephone: +44 (0) 121 204-3187

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Research Output

A Neuro-VR toolbox for assessment and intervention in Autism: Brain responses to non-verbal, gaze and proxemics behaviour in Virtual Humans.

Kelly, C., Bernardet, U. & Kessler, K., 11 May 2020, Proceedings - 2020 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces, VRW 2020. IEEE, p. 565-566 2 p. 9090451

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • The right temporoparietal junction is causally associated with embodied perspective taking

    Martin, A. K., Kessler, K., Cooke, S., Huang, J. & Meinzer, M., 8 Apr 2020, In : Journal of Neuroscience. 40, 15, p. 3089-3095 7 p., 2637-19.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Dysregulated oscillatory connectivity in the visual system in autism spectrum disorder

    Seymour, R. A., Rippon, G., Gooding-Williams, G., Schoffelen, J. M. & Kessler, K., 1 Oct 2019, In : Brain. 142, 10, p. 3294-3305 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Towards OPM-MEG in a virtual reality environment

    Roberts, G., Holmes, N., Alexander, N., Boto, E., Leggett, J., Hill, R. M., Shah, V., Rea, M. R., Vaughan, R., Maguire, E. A., Kessler, K., Beebe, S., Fromhold, M., Barnes, G. R., Bowtell, R. & Brookes, M. J., 1 Oct 2019, In : Neuroimage. 199, p. 408-417 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Linking cognitive measures of response inhibition and reward sensitivity to trait impulsivity

    Jauregi, A., Kessler, K. & Hassel, S., 28 Nov 2018, In : Frontiers in Psychology. 9, NOV, 2306.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Thesis

    Attentional refocusing between time and space in older adults: investigation of neural mechanisms and relation to driving

    Author: Callaghan, E., 15 May 2018

    Supervisor: Kessler, K. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy