Dr Louise Kirsch completed her undergraduate studies in Biology (BSc) at the Ecole Normale Superieure (ENS) in Paris, and then gained a MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience (Cogmaster) at the ENS, EHESS and University Paris Descartes. During her studies she did several internships (two at UCL and one at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Science in Leipzig), and gained experience in different neuroimaging techniques (TMS, fMRI, and some EEG).
Louise completed her PhD within the SoBA Lab at Bangor University, in Wales with Prof Emily Cross; investigating how action experience influences action perception and how aesthetic evaluation of movement is impacted by experience. The focus of her first postdoc position at Bangor was on using advanced mutivariate imaging analyses to explore the learning process in the aging brain.
Louise research at KatLab is using neuroimaging techniques to investigate body awareness and affective touch in stroke patients and healthy adults; as well as to investigate self/other distinction and emotional biases in multisensory settings.
von Mohr, M., Kirsch, L.P., & Fotopoulou, A. (2017) The soothing function of touch: affective touch reduces feelings of social exclusion. Scientific Reports. 7: 13516 (link)
Kirsch, L. P., Krahé, C., Blom, N., Crucianelli, L., Moro, V., Jenkinson, P. M., & Fotopoulou, A. (in press). Reading the mind in the touch: Neurophysiological specificity in the communication of emotions by touch. Neuropsychologia. (link)
Kirsch, L. P., Snagg, A., Heerey, E., & Cross, E. S. (2016). The impact of experience on affective responses during action observation. PLoS one, 11(5), e0154681. (link).
Kirsch, L. P., Urgesi, C., & Cross, E. S. (2016). Shaping and reshaping the aesthetic brain: Emerging perspectives on the neurobiology of embodied aesthetics. Neuroscience and Biobehavioural Reviews, 62, 56-68. (pdf).
Kirsch, L.P. & Cross, E.S. (2015). Additive routes to action learning: Layering experience shapes engagement of the action observation network. Cerebral Cortex, bhv167. (pdf).
Kirsch, L.P., Dawson, K., & Cross, E.S. (2015). Dance experience sculpts aesthetic perception and related brain circuits. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1337, 130-139. (pdf).
Kirsch, L.P., Drommelschmidt, K., & Cross, E.S. (2013). The impact of sensorimotor experience on affective evaluation of movement. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, 521. (pdf).
Orgs, G., Kirsch, L., & Haggard, P. (2013). Time perception during apparent biological motion reflects subjective speed of movement, not objective rate of visual stimulation. Experimental Brain Research, 227(2), 223-9. (pdf).
Cross, E.S., Kirsch, L., Ticini, L.F., & Schütz-Bosbach, S. (2011). The impact of aesthetic evaluation and physical ability on dance perception. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 5(102), 1-10. (pdf).
Loh, M., Kirsch, L., Rothwell, J., Lemon, R., & Davare, M. (2010). Information about the Weight of Grasped Objects from Vision and Internal Models Interacts within the Primary Motor Cortex. Journal of Neuroscience, 30(20), 6984-90. (pdf).