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Dr Elisabeth von dem Hagen

Dr Elisabeth von dem Hagen

Senior Lecturer

School of Psychology

+44 (0)29 2087 0151
Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre, Maindy Road, Cardiff, CF24 4HQ
Available for postgraduate supervision


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 the Year 2 Thinking, Emotion and Consciousness module (PS2023). I also give Year 2 academic tutorials, supervise Final Year projects, and act as a personal tutor. I also 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















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. I am also interested in how these systems might differ in people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (e.g. von dem Hagen et al, Cerebral Cortex, 2014; von dem Hagen et al, Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci, 2013). I am also interested in developing novel, more ecologically valid methods to study social information processing. For example, one aspect of this research involves studying eye movements to probe gaze behaviour under different conditions during real social interactions (e.g. von dem Hagen & Bright, 2017).

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.

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

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)
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

Marek Pedziwiatr (start date October 2016; jointly supervised with C. Teufel)

Isobel Ward (start date October 2017; jointly supervised with C. Teufel)

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

Abigail Finn (start date October 2019)

Current supervision

photograph of Isobel Ward

Isobel Ward

Research student

profile picture of Marek Pedziwiatr

Marek Pedziwiatr

Research student

Claire Bowsher-Murray

Research student