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emily hird

Emily Hird

Research Associate


I joined King’s College London in 2018 where I work on several large-scale research projects which combine multimodal data to predict outcomes in psychosis. These studies are namely BBC, PSYSCAN, NEUTOP and EU-GEI. 

I am a cognitive neuroscientist interested in the cognitive and brain mechanisms of psychosis. I have expertise in psychosis, reward learning, placebo, magnetic resonance imaging and electroencephalography, MATLAB and SPM. 

I previously taught and mentored at an undergraduate level at the University of Manchester. I obtained a PhD from the University of Manchester and I also underwent a research placement at the Karolinska Institute, both in 2018. 


Experimental Psychology Society, Travel Grant  

Wellcome Trust, International Strategic Support Fund  

Medical Research Council, PhD funding 

University of Manchester, President’s Doctoral Scholar Award

Research Interests

  • Brain mechanisms of psychosis 
  • Cognitive & affective mechanisms of psychosis 
  • Perception as a predictive process 
  • Precision psychiatry  
  • Neuroimaging  

Expertise and Public Engagement 

Pint of Science: ‘Pain, the brain and a bit of magic’  

‘I’m a scientist, get me out of here’ (2018).