Grant winners – 4 August 2016

A round-up of recent recipients of research council cash

August 4, 2016
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Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Research grants

RHYTHM: resilient hybrid technology for high-value microgrids

Parallel-screening equipment for advanced catalyst testing and process intensification

EPSRC-NIHR HTC Partnership Award “Plus”: Medical Image Analysis Network (Median)

Droplet-based microfluidic platform for intracellular ion channel drug discovery

Natural Environment Research Council

Research grants

Iodide in the ocean: distribution and impact on iodine flux and ozone loss

Robust spatial projections of real-world climate change

Leverhulme Trust

Research project grants

Nematode genetic variation and protein misfolding disease

Probing femtosecond dynamics with core hole spectroscopy: a theoretical approach

Research fellowships

Pregnancy without birth: the philosophy and ethics of miscarriage

Material sight: re-presenting the spaces of fundamental science

In detail

Award winner: Neal Hinvest
Institution: University of Bath
Value: £127,111

Elucidating the ‘shared brain’

Everything we know about how a person’s social identity is formed has been based on conscious processes of measurement and self-assessment (post hoc questionnaires or verbal reports, for example). It is highly likely that the formation of a conscious social identity begins in processes within the unconscious, as decades of research have suggested. “In order to understand how social identity is formed we must investigate processes occurring within both the conscious and unconscious,” Neal Hinvest, director of studies in the department of psychology at the University of Bath, writes on the Leverhulme Trust website. “[Research has] shown that a shared emotional state between interacting individuals is necessary for a shared identity to be formed, and that underlying this shared emotional space is a sharedness in active neural processes which can be visualised by functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and electroencephalography (EEG).” This project will develop a “visual map” of the emergence of the shared identity, and will provide insight into the unconscious and conscious (emotional) processes instrumental in the development (or degradation) of a shared identity.

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