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About Kirsten McKenzie

I joined the School of Psychology in 2015 as a Senior Lecturer. Prior to this I was an Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham’s Malaysia Campus (2011-2014) and a post-doc at the University of Manchester (2008-2010), having completed my PhD at the University of Nottingham in 2008. My current research has two main themes; the multisensory processes underlying body representation and spatial awareness in healthy individuals, and the cognitive and perceptual processes leading to somatic misperception in people with Medically Unexplained Symptoms and other clinical disorders, such as Autistic Spectrum Disorder. I use a variety of techniques including MIRAGE virtual/augmented reality, fMRI, EEG and other psychophysical measures, structured patient interviews, physiological assessment & eye-tracking.

Department Responsibilities

I am the Module Coordinator for our new Brain, Behaviour & Cognition Module (PSY1160M) and run seminars for Research Skills (PSY2002M), as well as supervise final year Dissertation student projects and Masters students. I am also involved in the development of our new tutorial program.  Chair - School of Psychology Equality Committee Deputy Chair - School of Psychology Research Ethics Committee Deputy Chair - School of Psychology Digital Working Group College Ethics Committee - Psychology Representative University ECU Gender Charter Mark Working Group - Psychology Representative University ASSET Working Group - Psychology Representative

Subject Specialism

Body Representation, Embodiment and Sensory Illusions, Sensory Integration


Athena Swan Assessment Panel Member for the Equality Challenge Unit

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Research Interests

  • Body Representation

  • Embodiment

  • Multisensory Illusions

  • Sensory Integration

Research Groups Memberships

  • Evolution and Development Research Group
  • Perception and Action Research Group

Research Projects

  • Undergraduate Research Opportunities Scheme 2017 — awarded £1000 by University of Lincoln in 2017
  • Analgesic Illusions: The effects of manipulating body-representation on the experience of chronic pain — awarded £2500 by Experimental Psychology Society in 2017
  • Sensory Experience and Interoceptive Versus Extraroceptive Attention in Individuals with ASD/ASD Traits — awarded £3000 by University of Lincoln, College of Social Science in 2015
  • Somatosensory Integration and Illusory Sensations in Individuals with Autistic Spectrum Disorders — awarded £12500 by Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education in 2013
  • Investigating the Formation and Maintenance of Somatosensory Disorders and Bodily Misperceptions — awarded £25000 by Malaysian Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation (MoSTI) in 2012
  • Investigating the Source of Illusory Sensations — awarded £3000 by University of Nottingham, Faculty of Science (Malaysia Campus) in 2011

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations

  • Experimental Psychology Society — Member
  • Higher Education Academy — Fellow