Matt Richins
Postdoctoral Research Associate


Matt is a social neuroscientist with a background in experimental psychology and neuroimaging methodology. Matt is currently a PhD student investigating the socio-neurological correlates of empathic experience.


BSc Psychology

MSc Neuroimaging 

Candidate for PhD Psychology  


During his early career Matt completed a BSc in Psychology at Bangor University. During this time, Matt worked with Professor Steve Tipper and Dr. Patric Bach on a project in action perception and tactile detection. 

Matt stayed on at Bangor to complete an MSc in Neuroimaging developing an interest in the neural correlates of behaviour and perception. Matt worked with Professor Paul Downing to couple fMRI and TMS methodologies in order to study body perception in the extrastriate cortex of the brain. In 2010, Matt took a research associate position in the department and completed an fMRI study on cognitive attention.

Currently, Matt is working towards a PhD in Psychology under the supervision of Professor Manuela Barreto, Dr Natalia Lawrence, and Dr Anke Karl. With a social neuroscience approach, this team investigates the neurological basis of empathy as well as how social identities can facilitate or impair empathic experience. 

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Contact details

Tel+44 (0)1392 722638
AddressWashington Singer Laboratories
University of Exeter
Perry Road
Prince of Wales Road

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