Dr Luis Manssuer BSc, MSc, PhD

University position

Post-Doctoral Research Associate


Department of Psychiatry



Research Theme

Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience


My previous research has used behavioural, neuroimaging (electroencephalography (EEG)) and psychophysiological (electromyography (EMG)) methods to study interactions between emotion and social cognition. I currently work in the research group of Professor Valerie Voon. The lab uses a range of methods to understand the neural basis of impulsivity and compulsivity, particularly in relation to neuropsychiatric disorders such as addiction and OCD.

My primary role in the lab is to make sense of intracranial neurophysiological data acquired from patients undergoing deep brain stimulation therapy or Stereo-EEG monitoring for epilepsy. Such cases give us the rare opportunity to record neural activity directly from the human brain with exquisite spatial and temporal resolution, which no other neuroimaging method can achieve individually. I’m responsible for designing and programming behavioural tasks to isolate processes of interest and analysing the local field potentials (LFP’s).

Research Focus


Impulsivity/ Compulsivity

Motivation/ Emotion

Social Cognition

Cognitive Neuroscience


Clinical conditions



Obsessive compulsive disorder

Parkinson's disease


Behavioural analysis

Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)

Electroencephalography (EEG)

Electromyography (EMG)

Field potential recording

Galvanic Skin Response (GSR)

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Stereo-EEG (SEEG)

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)



Professor Valerie Voon

United Kingdom

Professor Steven Tipper

Associated News Items



    Strachan, J.W., Kirkham, A.J., Manssuer, L.R., Over, H., & Tipper, S.P. (2017), “Incidental learning of trust from eye-gaze: Effects of race and facial trustworthiness.” Visual Cognition 25(7:8), 802-814


    Manssuer, L.R., Pawling, R., Hayes, A.E., & Tipper, S.P. (2016), “The role of emotion in the learning of trustworthiness from eye-gaze cues: Evidence from facial electromyography.” Cognitive Neuroscience 7, 82-102

    Strachan, J.W., Kirkham, A.J., Manssuer, L.R., & Tipper, S.P. (2016), “Incidental learning of trust: Examining the role of emotion and visuomotor fluency.” Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory & Cognition 42(11), 1759-1773


    Manssuer, L.R., Roberts, M.V., & Tipper, S.P. (2015), “The late positive potential indexes a role for emotion during learning of trust from eye-gaze cues.” Social Neuroscience 10(6), 635-650


    Mattavelli, G.M., Sormaz, M., Flack, T., Asghar, A.U.R., Fan, S., Frey, J., Manssuer, L., Usten, D., Young, A.W., & Andrews, T.J. (2014), “Neural responses to facial expressions support the role of the amygdala in processing threat.” Social Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience 9(11)