Sahba Besharati

Sahba Besharati gained a BA (honours) and MA in Psychology from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, where she also completed her clinical neuropsychological training and internship at Groote Schuur Hospital.

Sahba completed her PhD this year following a split-site collaboration with the University of Cape Town and the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, under the supervision of Dr. Katerina Fotopoulou and Prof. Mark Solms. Her PhD investigates the neurocognitive, social and emotional components of unawareness of illness in anosognosic patients and is funded by a Commonwealth Scholarship.

Sahba’s research drew on a social and embodied cognitive approach in the scientific understanding of self-consciousness and the bodily self. She is particularly interested in the recent intersection of an integrative social cognitive and affective neuroscience approach.

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Besharati, S., Forkel, S.J., Kopelman, M., Solms, M., Jenkinson, P. M., Fotopoulou,A. (in press). Mentalising the Body: Spatial and Social Cognition in Anosognosia for Hemiplegia, Brain.

Besharati, S, Forkel, S. J., Kopelman, M., Solms, M., Jenkinson, P. M., Fotopoulou A. (2014). The Affective Modulation of Motor Awareness in Anosognosia for Hemiplegia: Behavioural and Lesion Evidence. Cortex, 61, 127-140.(pdf)

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Besharati, S., Kopelman, M., Avesani, R., Moro, V., & Fotopoulou, A. (2014). Another perspective on anosognosia: Self-observation in video replay improves motor awarenessNeuropsychological rehabilitation, 1-34. (link)

Besharati, S., Fotopolou, A. & Kopelman, M. (2014). What is it like to be confabulating? In Mishara, AL, Kranjec, A., Corlett, P., Fletcher, P. Schwartz, M.A. (Eds) Phenomenological Neuropsychiatry, How Patient Experience Bridges Clinic with Clinical Neuroscience. New York, Springer. (pdf)

Besharati, S., Crucianelli, L., &  Fotopoulou, A. (2013). Restoring awareness: a review of rehabilitation in anosognosia for hemiplegia. Chilean Journal of Neuropsychology (pdf)

Besharati, S., & Foster, D. (2013). Understanding Informal Segregation: Racial and Spatial Identities among the Indian Minority of Mokopane. Diversities,15(2). (pdf)