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Dr Elisabeth von dem Hagen

Dr Elisabeth von dem Hagen

Senior Lecturer

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Research summary

My research interests involve studying the neural mechanisms behind emotion processing and social cognition more generally. I am also interested in how the processing of social signals, like faces and eye gaze, may differ in Autism Spectrum Disorders. To address these questions, I use a combination of behavioural and neuroimaging approaches, including various structural and functional MRI techniques.

Teaching summary

At the UG level, I teach on and am module coordinator for the Year 2 Thinking, Emotion and Consciousness (PS2023) module. I also give Year 2 academic tutorials, supervise Final Year projects, and act as a personal tutor.

At the PG level, I teach on the MSc Neuroimaging: Methods and Applications course and act as an MSc dissertation supervisor. Finally, I also teach and act as personal tutor on the MSc Children’s Psychological Disorders course, as well as supervising dissertation projects.


Undergraduate education

BSc in Physics and Physiology, McGill University, Canada

Postgraduate education

MSc in Medical Physics, University of Toronto, Canada
Thesis: High angular resolution diffusion Magnetic Resonance for the determination of fibre structure

PhD in Psychology, Royal Holloway University of London, UK
Thesis: Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the visual system in humans with albinism


  • 2020-Present - Senior Lecturer, Cardiff University
  • 2015-2020 - Lecturer, Cardiff University
  • 2006-2014 - Investigator Scientist, then Senior Investigator Scientist, MRC Cognition & Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge
  • 2010-2014 - Guest Lecturer, Dept of Physiology, Development & Neuroscience, University of  Cambridge
  • 2007-2014 - Associate Lecturer, Open University
  • 2006 - Post-doctoral Researcher, Dept of Psychology, University of York



















  • PS2023 Thinking, Emotion and Consciousness
  • PST704 Neurodevelopmental Disorders I: Neurobiology
  • PST706 Child Assessment Methods II: Developmental Neuroimaging Workshop
  • PST517 Clinical Neuroimaging

Project/Dissertation Supervision:

  • Final Year Project supervision
  • MSc Neuroimaging Methods & Applications dissertation supervision
  • MSc Children's Psychological Disorders dissertation supervision

Personal & Academic tutor for UG and MSc students

Research topics and related papers

My research is broadly concerned with social information processing, and particularly the brain systems underlying the processing of social signals, like faces and eye gaze. More recently, I have become interested in how context affects the processing of social signals, and particularly how the brain combines information from these different signals (e.g. Teufel et al, 2019). I'm particularly interested in how emotion information from the face and body are integrated, and what this can tell us about principles governing social information processing in the brain.

I am also interested in how social information processing changes during development, and how it might differ in people with  Autism (e.g. von dem Hagen et al, Cerebral Cortex, 2014; von dem Hagen et al, Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci, 2013). Current projects include exploring social synchrony and emotion recognition difficulties in children, and investigating the use of humanoid robots in social interactions with autistic children.

My research involves a combination of behavioural and neuroimaging approaches, including psychophysics, eyetracking, functional MRI, and diffusion MRI.

Research Funding

2020-2021 - Wellcome Trust ISSF Cross-Disciplinary Award, £48,069

2012-2013 - MRC Centenary Award, £52,530

Research collaborators

Wales Autism Research Centre

GW4 Neurodevelopmental Neurodiversity Network

Neurodevelopment Assessment Unit (NDAU)

Christoph Teufel (School of Psychology/CUBRIC, Cardiff University)
Catherine Jones (School of Psychology/CUCHDS/WARC, Cardiff University)
Stephanie van Goozen (School of Psychology/CUCHDS, Cardiff University)

Punit Shah (University of Bath)

Stephan de la Rosa (MPI, Tuebingen)


Postgraduate research interests

If you are interested in applying for a PhD, or for further information regarding my postgraduate research, please contact me directly (contact details available on the 'Overview' page), or submit a formal application.

Current students

Claire Bowsher-Murray (start date October 2018; jointly supervised with C. Jones)

Abigail Finn (start date October 2019; jointly supervised with C. Teufel)

Özge Gezer (start date October 2020; jointly supervised with S. van Goozen)

Carly McGregor (start date October 2021; jointly supervised with C. Jones, C. Wallbridge)

Past projects

  • Isobel Ward PhD 2021. Information processing in the social brain.
  • Marek Pedziwiatr PhD 2021. Investigating the role of image meaning and prior knowledge in human eye movements control’.