Dr Joshua Baker

Senior Research Officer
Department of Psychology
Dr Joshua Baker



I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology at Nottingham Trent University and my masters degree in Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging at the University of Nottingham. Whilst managing an EEG laboratory for 7 years I also completed my PhD in which I investigated how cognitive processes interact and influence how we control our bodies, and how body movements can influence the processing of information. Following my PhD I relocated to Hamburg to the Institute of Systems Neuroscience at the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf for my first postdoc position. Here I used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to investigate placebo mechanisms in emotional processing. I am now working as a postdoc with Dr Sebastian Korb at the University of Essex on a project investigating how the stimulation of facial muscles can influence our mood and how we perceive the emotional world.


  • PhD Cognitive Neuroscience Nottingham Trent University, (2021)

  • MSc Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging University of Nottingham, (2010)

  • BSc Psychology Nottingham Trent University, (2009)


University of Essex

  • Senior Research Officer, Psychology, University of Essex (1/6/2022 - present)

Other academic

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Institute for Systems Neuroscience, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (1/9/2020 - 31/5/2022)


Publications (1)

Baker, J., Efthimiou, TN., Scherer, R., Gartus, A., Elsenaar, A., Mehu, M. and Korb, S., Measurement of the N170 during facial neuromuscular electrical stimulation (fNMES)

Journal articles (7)

Baker, J., Gamer, M., Rauh, J. and Brassen, S., (2022). Placebo induced expectations of mood enhancement generate a positivity effect in emotional processing. Scientific Reports. 12 (1), 5345-

Lenzoni, S., Baker, J., Sumich, AL. and Mograbi, DC., (2022). New insights into neural networks of error monitoring and clinical implications: a systematic review of ERP studies in neurological diseases. Reviews in the Neurosciences. 33 (2), 161-179

Mitra, S., Boatman, C. and Baker, J., (2022). Age-related changes in the interference between cognitive task components and concurrent sensorimotor coordination. Brain Research. 1790, 147985-147985

Premkumar, P., Alahakoon, P., Smith, M., Kumari, V., Babu, D. and Baker, J., (2021). Mild-to-moderate schizotypal traits relate to physiological arousal from social stress. Stress. 24 (3), 303-317

Premkumar, P., Santo, MGE., Onwumere, J., Schürmann, M., Kumari, V., Blanco, S., Baker, J. and Kuipers, E., (2019). Neural responses to criticism and praise vary with schizotypy and perceived emotional support. International Journal of Psychophysiology. 145, 109-118

Baker, J., Castro, A., Dunn, AK. and Mitra, S., (2018). Asymmetric interference between cognitive task components and concurrent sensorimotor coordination. Journal of Neurophysiology. 120 (1), 330-342

Sumich, A., Anderson, JD., Howard, CJ., Heym, N., Castro, A., Baker, J. and Belmonte, MK., (2018). Reduction in lower-alpha power during Ganzfeld flicker stimulation is associated with the production of imagery and trait positive schizotypy. Neuropsychologia. 121, 79-87

Book chapters (1)

Baker, J., (2019). Motivation and Emotion. In: Essential Psychology. SAGE Publications Limited. 1526456850. 9781526456854



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