Michael Banissy


Michael is a Professor in Psychology based in the Department of Psychology, Goldsmiths (University of London), where he is Director of Research. Prior to taking up his position at Goldsmiths he worked at University College London (UCL) on personal Research Fellowships awarded by the British Academy and the ESRC. He also completed his PhD in Psychology at UCL.

He has received several prizes and awards for his research. For example, in 2016, Michael was awarded the British Psychological Society Spearman Medal (one of the highest accolades awarded to a Psychologist in the UK), and in 2017 the Bertelson Award (one of the highest accolades awarded to a Psychologist in Europe). He has contributed to several diverse research areas, including social perception, social cognition, creativity, ageing, and brain stimulation. He’s also shown a strong commitment to bring science to the public, media and industry.

He has recently begun to study the role of sleep and circadian rhythms in several of the areas outlined above. In addition, he has been working closely with a number of industry sectors in order to support knowledge transfer on the relationship between sleep and performance in the workplace.