Miriam Cohen
PhD Student


Research projects

Project Title: Investigating the impact of traumatic brain injury on socioemotional processing in a young offending population

Supervisors: Natalia Lawrence, Anke Karl, Ian Penton-Voak & Marcus Munafὸ

Funding Body: ESRC

Project Description:

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a leading cause of death and disability in children and young adults. High prevalence’s of TBI have been identified in criminal populations, associated with violent crime and recidivism. In order to address this problem and target areas for intervention, we need to better understand mechanisms driving this effect. Socioemotional processing has been identified as a possible mediator in this relationship.

Based on preliminary findings from a study conducted during my MSc, there is suggestion that young offenders with substantial dosage of TBI are significantly poorer at recognizing emotional expressions in comparison to young offenders with no or mild TBI. This research PhD aims to build upon this preliminary research by running a replication study on a larger scale with young adults and investigating the relationship with neuropsychological functioning. We also plan to study these processes in members of the general population with TBI, systematically review evidence for facial affect recognition in violent offenders, and investigate the feasibility of running neurorehabilitative interventions in an incarcerated setting.


Kennedy, E., Cohen, M., & Munafó, M. (2017). Childhood Traumatic Brain Injury and the Associations With Risk Behavior in Adolescence and Young Adulthood: A Systematic Review. The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation.

Golden, H. L., Clark, C. N., Nicholas, J. M., Cohen, M. H., Slattery, C. F., Paterson, R. W., ... & Warren, J. D. (2016). Music Perception in Dementia. Journal of Alzheimer's disease, (Preprint), 1-18.

Cohen, M. H., Carton, A. M., Hardy, C. J., Golden, H. L., Clark, C. N., Fletcher, P. D., ... & Crutch, S. J. (2016). Processing emotion from abstract art in frontotemporal lobar degeneration. Neuropsychologia, 81, 245-254.

Clark, C. N., Nicholas, J. M., Gordon, E., Golden, H. L., Cohen, M. H., Woodward, F. J., ... & Rohrer, J. D. (2016). Altered sense of humor in dementia. Journal of Alzheimer's disease, 49(1), 111-119.

Agustus, J. L., Mahoney, C. J., Downey, L. E., Omar, R., Cohen, M., White, M. J., ... & Warren, J. D. (2015). Functional MRI of music emotion processing in frontotemporal dementia. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1337(1), 232-240.

Williams, W. H., McAuliffe, K. A., Cohen, M. H., Parsonage, M., & Ramsbotham, J. (2015). Traumatic brain injury and juvenile offending: complex causal links offer multiple targets to reduce crime. The Journal of head trauma rehabilitation, 30(2), 69-74.


Impact of traumatic brain injury (TBI) on expression recognition in delinquent and/or vulnerable adolescents. Oral presentation. INS/ASSBI 5th Pacific Rim Conference. 2015, Sydney, Australia

Socio-Affective Processing of Negative Facial Expressions Is Impaired in Juvenile Delinquents with Traumatic Brain Injury. Oral presentation. Tenth World Congress on Brain Injury, 2014, San Francisco, California.

Decoding emotion from abstract art in frontotemporal dementia. Poster presentation. INS/ASSBI 5th Pacific Rim Conference. 2015, Sydney, Australia.

Decoding emotion from abstract art in behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia. Poster presentation. 9th International Conference on Frontotemporal Dementias (ICFTD), 2014, Vancouver, Canada.

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