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Dr Treshi-Marie Perera | Lecturer in Psychology

eleanor luckcockDr Treshi-Marie Perera obtained her PhD at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) in 2016. Her research area mainly examines the multisensory processes (vision, touch and proprioception) underlying perception of the body (particularly in terms of its appearance and position) in healthy individuals as well as the perceptual and cognitive processes underlying the formation of misperceptions of the body in individuals with Medically Unexplained Symptoms and other clinical conditions such as Somatosensory amplification. She is also interested in the evolutionary explanations of face and body perception, particularly in relation to perceived attractiveness and health.

Whilst a PhD student, Treshi-Marie served as a teaching assistant at the School of Psychology at UNMC for three years before joining the University of Reading Malaysia as a Lecturer in Psychology in 2017.


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Speciality areas

Cognitive neuroscience
Evolutionary psychology (perceptions of attractiveness and health)

Highest qualification and awarding body

PhD in Psychology, University of Nottingham Malaysia

UoRM programmes taught/supervised

BSc (Hons) Psychology:
PY1SK Skills for Psychology
PY2CP Careers in Psychology
PY2NS Neuroscience
PY3MOB Misperceptions of the body

Research interests

Sensory integration
Somatic illusions
Individual differences in somatic perception

Current projects

  1. Investigating visuotactile integration during active and passive movements.
    Collaborators: Dr Adrian Willoughby (UoRM), Dr Andreas Kalckert (UoRM), Dr Davide Mussi (UoRM) & Prof Slawomir Nasuto (UoR, UK)
  2. Investigating the spatial boundaries of the Rubber Hand Illusion
    Collaborator: Andreas Kalckert (UoRM)
    Funding body: University of Reading Malaysia Research Committee
  3. Individual differences in Face Processing Strategies
    Collaborators: Kok Wei Tan (UoRM), Chrystalle Tan (University Malaysia Sabah) and Hoo Keat Wong (University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus)

Recent publications

Perera. A. T., Newport, R., & McKenzie, K. (2017). Changing hands: persistent alterations to body image following brief exposure to multisensory distortions. Experimental Brain Research, 235(6), 1809-1821. 10.1007/s00221-017-4935-2

Perera, A.T., Newport, R. & McKenzie, K. (2015). Multisensory distortions of the hand have differential effects on tactile perception. Experimental Brain Research, 233(11), 3153-3161. DOI: 10.1007/s00221-015-4384-8

Stephen, I. & Perera, A.T. (2014). Judging the Difference between Attractiveness and Health: Does Exposure to Model Images Influence the Judgments Made by Men and Women?. Plos ONE, 9(1), DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0086302

Stephen, I. & Perera, A.T. (2014). Judging the differences between women's attractiveness and health: Is there really a difference between judgments made by men and women?. Body Image, 11(2), 183-1 DOI: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2013.11.007

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