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Shanker Venkatasubramanian
Associate Research Fellow


I am primarily interested in the application of psychological research to mental health and well-being.  Currently, I work with Prof. Paul Farrand, Dr. Joanne Woodford and Dr. Martin Anderson within CEDAR on a project evaluating the feasibility of using the behavioural activation written self-help intervention to improve well-being in people with memory difficulties, supported by family and friends.  My previous project at the University of Exeter Medical School involved empirical development of curricula standards and criteria to support dementia education (http://tinyurl.com/pf5zpb3). 

First-hand experience of mindfulness practice, alongside a long-standing research interest in psychological science, propelled my shift from a fifteen-year global consulting and project management career to embark on a study of mindfulness and psychology.

My MSc was on understanding the temporal and neurocognitive mechanisms underlying empathy using event-related brain potentials.  Investigating the neuroscience of nature experience using functional magnetic resonance imaging at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health developed my knowledge and skills in cognitive neuroscience.  At the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, analysis of magnetoencepaholography data to differentiate the neural networks linked to cognitive training in childhood has extended my interest in brain development.


MSc Psychological Research, Bangor University
Chartered Accountant, Institute of Chartered Accountants of India
Bachelor of Commerce, University of Bombay


Visiting Scientist, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge
Associate Research Fellow, University of Exeter Medical School
Research Co-ordinator, European Centre for Environment & Human Health


Contact details

Tel+44 (0) 1326 25 9154
AddressThe Farmhouse
University of Exeter
Penryn Campus
TR10 9FE, UK

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