Manos Tsakiris

Professor of Neurosciences


Manos Tsakiris leads the BIAS project at the Warburg Institute, which aims to address timely research questions at the intersection of sciences and humanities. Its particular focus will be on the biological mechanisms and cultural factors that shape our relations to other people in a culture powered by images. In line with Professor David Freedberg’s commitment to building bridges across the boundaries between the humanities, arts and sciences, BIAS will seek to forge new and innovative synergies across the disciplines.

Manos Tsakiris studied psychology and philosophy before completing his PhD in psychology and cognitive neurosciences at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL. His research has focused on the neurocognitve mechanisms that shape the experience of embodiment and self-identity using a wide range of research methods, from psychometrics and psychophysics to neuroimaging. He is Professor of Psychology at the Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway, University of London, where he is also Director of Research (2014+). His research is funded by ESRC (UK), Volkswagen Foundation (Germany) and by a Starting Investigator Grant from the European Research Council. He has published widely in neuroscientific and psychology journals, and his current research projects investigate the plasticity of self-identity.He is the recipient of the 2014 Young Mind and Brain Prize  and of the 22nd Experimental Psychology Society Prize. His research has attracted interest from media around the world, and has appeared in major international news organizations (Reuters, BBC, The Times, The Guardian, El Pais, Mail on Sunday,  Le Figaro, Wall Street Journal, El Mundo,Huffington Post, Scientific American).