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Shalmali Joshi

Research student

Shalmali Joshi

Lancaster University

Fylde College

LA1 4YF

Lancaster

Tel: 0044 (0) 1524 592947

Research overview

Our sense of being a stable and coherent ‘self’ is a fundamental part of human self-consciousness.  Stable self-consciousness is mediated by the successful integration of multiple sources of sensory information.  However, these psychological processes are not error proof, can break down, and can underlie striking distortions/hallucinations in self-consciousness.  Such instances are now known to occur in neurotypical (i.e., non-clinical) populations – placing them firmly on the mainstream scientific agenda. What is interesting is that because of the spontaneity of these hallucinations/dissociative- like experiences, predominant theories suggest that the entire healthy population falls on a spectrum (based on frequency and intensity of these occurrences) and is referred to as the ‘continuum’ theory. 

 

My research area focusses on exploring the underlying neural and sensory breakdown that occurs in individuals that are susceptible to these dissociative- like experiences, by studying autonomic response to body-specific aversive stimuli and relating this to the ‘continuum’ theory. To test this, the overall aim in my thesis is to tackle accounts of emotional ‘numbing’ that is a common report of dissociation. This will help further understand this relatively novel research area and provide explanation to the neural network that drives these experiences in the sub-clinical population. Moreover, findings from this research could then be applied to assess impacts of emotional processing as a result of dissociative experiences, in terms of different aspects of developmental and criminal psychology, artificial intelligence research or borderline personality disorders.

Qualifications

University of Birmingham, United Kingdom- MSc. Psychology with Merit

University of Pune, India- B.A. (Hons.) Psychology with Distinction

Current Teaching

I am currently employed, as a part- time Graduate Teaching Assistant at Lancaster University, to provide english writing and comprehension support to Master's students in Psychology. In 2018;
  • PSYC101: Understanding Psychology (Seminars)
  • English Support for MSc Student in Psychology 
In 2017;
  • PSYC310: The Lying Brain: An Examination of Hallucinations & Delusions in Normal, Clinical and Pathological Populations
  • PSYC401: Analysing and Interpreting Psychological Data