Sanjay Kumar

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Sanjay Kumar did his BA (Hons in Psychology from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India and MA in Psychology from University of Delhi, Delhi, India. He trained as a Clinical Psychologist (M.Phil & PhD) with special interest in Neuropsychology from the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, India. He worked as postdoctoral fellow at the University of Birmingham and the University of Oxford with Prof. Glyn Humphreys before moving to Oxford Brookes University in September 2013.

Research Interests

Sanjay has wide interests in cognitive and clinical psychology. His work aims to understand how the brain extracts action-related information from the visual environment and the role of action-related information in attention.

This research focuses on using EEG/ERP data to uncover the time course of attention and action, along with linked work examining fMRI responses to ‘visual affordance’. Studies measuring the coherence of brain activity are also being conducted to understand effects of brain injury on memory.

Professional Membership

Health and Care Professions Council - Clinical Psychologist

Teaching

  • Foundations of Biological Psychology (U24105)
  • Biological Psychology (U24130)
  • Topics in Cognition (U24181)
  • Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience (P24101)

Awards

  • Government of India merit Scholarship (1999)
  • NIMHANS fellowship for M.Phil (2000) and PhD (2002)
  • Vivian Smith Advanced Studies Institute of the International Neuropsychological Society award for summer school (2003)
  • SiNAPSA and IBRO travel and attendance grant for summer school (2004)
  • National Maganetic Resonance Society of India travel grant 2004
Outreach Work
I have been organising annual free psychiatric clinic in one of the most deprived parts of the India where there is no mental health facility. This ongoing work has been hugely successful over the years and we have served approximately seven hundred individuals with mental health problems. The clinic aims to evaluate and make a proper diagnosis, suggest appropriate pharmacological management, brief counselling and psycho-education and create awareness about mental health in the local community. Training of local GPs have also been taken as part of the this outreach work.
AWP Mental Health Partnership NHS trust has appreciated our outreach work.
http://www.awp.nhs.uk/news-publications/trust-news/2015/june/mental-health-volunteering-in-india/

Selected Publications

Sanjay Kumar, Suzanne Higgs, Femke Rutters, & Glyn W. Humphreys (2016). Biased towards food: Electrophysiological evidence for biased attention to food stimuli. Brain and Cognition. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0278262616300367

Sanjay Kumar & Michael Pilling (2015). The cauldron of ethical review process in human participant research. Cortex, doi: 10.1016/j

Femke Rutters, Sanjay Kumar, Suzanne Higgs, & Glyn W. Humphreys (2015). Electrophysiological evidence for enhanced representation of food stimuli in working memory. Experimental Brain Research, 233,519-528.

Glyn W Humphreys, Sanjay Kumar, Eun Young Yoon, Melanie Wulff, Katherine Roberts, & M J Riddoch. Attending to the possibilities of action. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society :B 368:20130059; doi:10.1098/rstb.2013.0059

Sanjay Kumar, Shobini L. Rao, B.A. Chandramouli & Shibu Pillai Reduced Contribution of Executive Functions in impaired Working Memory Performance in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Patients. (2013). Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery. doi: 10.1016/j.clineuro.2012.12.038.

Sanjay Kumar, M J Riddoch, & Glyn W Humphreys. (2013). Mu rhythm desynchronization reveals motoric influences of hand action on object recognition. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00066

Eun Young Yoon, Glyn W Humphreys, Sanjay Kumar, & Pia Rotshtein. (2012). The neural selection and integration of actions and objects: An fMRI study. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 24, 2268-2279.

Sanjay Kumar, Eun Young Yoon, & Glyn W Humphreys. (2012). Perceptual and motor based responses to actions on objects. Experimental Brain Research, 220, 153-164.

Anna L. Telling, Sanjay Kumar, Antje S. Meyer, & Glyn W Humphreys (2010). Electrophysiological evidence of semantic interference in visual search, Journal of Cognitve Neuroscience, 22, 2212-2225.

Glyn W Humphreys, Eun Young Yoon, Sanjay  Kumar, Vaia Lestou, Keiko Kitadono, Katherine L. Roberst, & M. Jane Riddoch. (2010). The Interaction of attention and action: from seeing action to acting on perception. British Journal of Psychology, 101, 185-206.

Glyn W Humphreys, Eun Young Yoon, Sanjay  Kumar, Vaia Lestou, Keiko Kitadono, Katherine L. Roberst, & M. Jane Riddoch. (2010). Attention and its coupling to action. British Journal of Psychology, 101, 217-219.

Tej B. Singh, Gauri S. Kaloiya, Sanjay Kumar, & Rakesh K. Chadda. Rehabilitation need assessment of severely mentally ill and effect of intervention. Delhi Psychiatry Journal, 13, 109-116.

Sanjay Kumar, David Soto, Glyn W. Humphreys (2009). Electrophysiological evidence for attentional guidance by the contents of working memory. European Journal of Neuroscience, 30, 307-317. Graphics from the study featured as the cover of the issue.

Sanjay Kumar, Shobini L. Rao, B.A. Chandramouli & Shibu Pillai (2009).  Reduction of Functional Brain Connectivity in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Patients during Working Memory, Journal of Neurotrauma, 26, 665-675.

Sanjay Kumar, Shobini L. Rao, Biju Sunny, & B. N. Gangadhar. (2007).Wide spread cognitive deficits associated with anterograde psychogenic amnesia. Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, 61,583-586.

Sanjay Kumar, Shobini L. Rao, Ragesh G. Nair, Shibu Pillai, B.A.Chandra Mouli & D.K. Subbakrishna (2005). Sensory gating deficits in development of post concussive symptoms in mild head injury. Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, 59, 466-472.

Publications from RADAR

  • Kumar, S, Higgs, S, Rutters, F, Humphreys, G (2016) Biased towards food: Electrophysiological evidence for biased attention to food stimuli. Brain and Cognition, 110 pp. 85-93. [summary page]
  • Rutters, F, Kumar, S, Higgs, S, Humphreys, G (2014) Electrophysiological evidence for enhanced representation of food stimuli in working memory. Experimental Brain Research, 233 (2). pp. 519-528. [summary page]
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