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Dr Fraser Smith is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at UEA. He completed a B.Sc. Degree in Psychology at the University of Glasgow, and a PhD in Psychology at the University of Stirling. He was an MRC and ERC funded post-doctoral researcher for several years at the University of Glasgow (Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging). He was also awarded a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in Computational Neuroscience at the University of Western Ontario (Brain & Mind Institute), London, Canada. His main research focus is the cognitive neuroscience of perception, including investigating Predictive Processing accounts of sensory perception and the perception and production of facial expressions of emotion. He mainly uses neuroimaging (fMRI & EEG), machine learning (brain decoding / multivariate pattern analysis) and behavioural methods in his research.
Bailey KM, Giordano BL, Kaas A & Smith FW (2022). Decoding sounds depicting hand-object interactions in primary somatosensory cortex. Cerebral Cortex https://doi.org/10.1093/cercor/bhac296
Smith, F.W. & Smith M.L.S. (2019). Decoding the dynamic representation of facial expressions of emotion in explicit and incidental tasks. Neuroimage, 195, 261-271.
Smith, F.W. & Goodale, M.A. (2015). Decoding visual object categories in early somatosensory cortex. Cerebral Cortex, 25, 1020-1031.
Vetter, P., Smith, F.W., & Muckli, L. (2014). Decoding sound and imagery content in early visual cortex. Current Biology, 24 (11), 1256-1262.
Smith, F.W. & Muckli, L. (2010) Non-Stimulated early visual areas carry information about surrounding context. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 107 (46), 20099-20103.
Smith F.W. & Schyns P.G. (2009). Smile through your Fear and Sadness: Transmitting and Identifying Facial Expression Signals over a range of Viewing Distances. Psychological Science, 20 (10), 1202-1208.
For more information about Fraser Smith's research, please visit https://frasersmithresearch.wordpress.com/
Key Research Interests
My research is concerned with how the human brain accomplishes our rich perception of the world; including how we perceive and produce facial expressions of emotion and how our prior knowledge influences ongoing sensory processing. I use behavioural and neuroimaging methods (particularly fMRI, and more recently EEG) to investigate these topics.
Please email Fraser if you are interested in studying for a PhD or in gaining research experience. We have both paid internships and volunteering opportunities available for undergraduate students.
Masters – Module Leader Cognitive Neuroscience Module
Masters - Dissertation Supervisor
Year 3 – Undergraduate Research Project
UG Research Projects – I am interested in supervising projects related to how predictive processing may be altered in particular neurodevelopmental and mental health conditions and their corresponding traits in neurotypical indviduals (psychosis, psychopathy, ASD). I am also very interested in supervising projects related to all aspects of emotion perception including how recognition changes as a function of environmental constraints (e.g. interpersonal distance) and how it is altered in various psychopathologies.
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Decoding real tool use from visual fMRI response patterns
1/05/22 → 30/04/24
Does predictive coding explain multisensory processing in primary somatosensory cortex?
1/04/18 → 1/10/20
Decoding neural representations of human tool use from fMRI response patterns
31/10/15 → 30/10/18
How memories form: Does consistency in neural activity promote successful learning?
1/01/15 → 31/12/17
Face recognition ability is manifest in early dynamic decoding of face-orientation selectivity – evidence from multi-variate pattern analysis of the neural responseMares, I., Ewing, L., Papasavva, M., Ducrocq, E., Smith, F. W. & Smith, M. L., Feb 2023, In: Cortex. 159, p. 299-312 14 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile
Decoding sounds depicting hand-object interactions in primary somatosensory cortexBailey, K. M., Giordano, B. L., Kaas, A. L. & Smith, F. W., 31 Aug 2022, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Cerebral Cortex.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
The role of the anterior temporal cortex in action: Evidence from fMRI multivariate searchlight analysis during real object graspingKnights, E., Smith, F. W. & Rossit, S., 5 Jun 2022, In: Scientific Reports. 12, 9042.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile1 Downloads (Pure)
Hand-selective visual regions represent how to grasp 3D tools: Brain decoding during real actionsKnights, E., Mansfield, C., Tonin, D., Saada, J., Smith, F. W. & Rossit, S., 16 Jun 2021, In: The Journal of Neuroscience. 41, 24, p. 5263-5273 11 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile4 Citations (Scopus)13 Downloads (Pure)
Investigating affordance effects in people with high traits of developmental coordination disorder (DCD): An online stimulus-response compatibility studyMansfield, C., Smith, F. W. & Rossit, S., 1 Dec 2021, In: Perception. 50, 1_SUPPL, p. 67 1 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Abstract › peer-review2 Citations (Scopus)
Hand-selective visual regions represent how to grasp 3D tools for use: brain decoding during real actions
Knights, E. (Creator), Mansfield, C. (Creator), Tonin, D. (Creator), Saada, J. (Creator), Smith, F. (Creator) & Rossit, S. (Creator), OpenNeuro, 20 Oct 2020
How the sounds we hear help us predict how things feel (Aug 22)
24/08/22 → 31/08/22
9 items of Media coverage
Press/Media: Press / Media
Team 'reads minds' to understand human tool use (May 2021)
Stephanie Rossit & Fraser Smith
10/05/21 → 20/05/21
15 items of Media coverage
Press/Media: Press / Media