Nicholas Furl

Nicholas Furl

Senior Lecturer

Royal Holloway

Research Interests

I am a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Royal Holloway University of London (RHUL) in the United Kingdom. My lab studies social perception and decision making, with an emphasis on face perception and brain imaging analysis techniques. My work has been funded in part by ESRC and Bial.

I studied undergraduate Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign, obtained a Ph.D. in Cognition and Neuroscience from UT Dallas and did postdoctoral work at University College London (The FIL and Computer Science) and at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Before RHUL, I was appointed at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge, UK.


Selected publications

Lloyd A, McKay R, Furl N. 2022. Individuals with Adverse Childhood Experiences Explore Less and Underweight Reward Feedback. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. In press

Furl N, Begum F, Sulik J, Ferrarese FP, Jans S, Woolley C. 2020. Face Space Representations of Movement. Neuroimage 212:116676.

Furl N, Lohse M, Pizzorni-Ferrarese F. 2017. Low-frequency oscillations employ a general coding of the spatio-temporal similarity of dynamic faces. Neuroimage 157:486-499.

Furl N, Henson RN, Friston KJ, Calder AJ. 2013. Top-down control of visual responses to fear by the amygdala. J Neurosci 33:17435-43.

Furl N*, Hadj-Bouziane F*, Liu N, Averbeck BB, Ungerleider LG. 2012. Dynamic and static facial expressions decoded from motion-sensitive areas in the macaque monkey. J Neurosci 32:15953-62. *co-first authors

Furl N, Averbeck BB. 2011. Parietal cortex and insula relate to evidence seeking relevant to reward-related decisions. J Neurosci 31: 17572-82.

Garrido L, Furl N, Draganski, B, Stevens J, Tan G, Driver J, Dolan RJ, Duchaine B. 2009. Voxel-based morphometry reveals reduced grey matter volume in the temporal cortex of developmental prosopagnosics. Brain 132(Pt 12):3443-55.

Furl N, van Rijsbergen NJ, Treves A, Friston KJ, Dolan RJ. 2007.  Experience-dependent coding of facial expression in superior temporal sulcus. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 104:13485-13489.

Furl N, Phillips PJ, O’Toole AJ. 2002. Face recognition algorithms and the other-race effect: Computational mechanisms for a developmental contact hypothesis. Cognitive Science 26:797-815.

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Department of Psychology
Royal Holloway University of London
MRI Research Laboratory
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