September 26, 2021

Vivien Ainley

Mrs Vivien Ainley MA, MSc

Mrs Vivien Ainley MA, MSc

Having originally trained and worked as an Economist and spent many years in secondary school teaching, I am now delighted at the opportunity to pursue my lifelong fascination with the neuroscience of emotion and the self.

Research Interests:

My principal research interest is how interoceptive signals contribute to the human sense of self – influencing cognition, emotion, decision-making and other aspects of self-processing. This links to the neuroscience of embodiment and to evolutionary psychology, which are consequently also amongst my major interests.

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Ainley V, Tajadura-Jimenez A, Fotopoulou, A & Tsakiris M (in press). Looking into myself: The effect of self-focused attention on interoceptive sensitivity. Psychophysiology. Article first published online: 14 SEP 2012, DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8986.2012.01468.x