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Dr Haemy Lee Masson

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology
Fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing


I earned a Ph.D. in Brain Imaging Engineering in 2016 at Korea University and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at KU Leuven (Belgium) and Johns Hopkins University (USA) before joining Durham University as an assistant professor. 

I study how the brain processes social and emotional information, with a focus on mental health and neurodiversity. I use naturalistic neuroimaging techniques (fMRI and EEG) and computational modelling (deep learning and natural language processing) in my research. My specific area of interest is investigating the social touch perception and experience of autistic adults and those with depression and anxiety. 

If you are looking for an academic mentor and are interested in social neuroscience and autism research, please contact me. 

Research interests

  • Affect Computing
  • Autism
  • Brain structure and function
  • EEG
  • Machine Learning
  • Mental Health
  • Social Neuroscience
  • Social Touch
  • fMRI


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