Social Interaction and Performance Science (SINAPSE) Lab


At SINAPSE we aim to conduct high-quality research projects aimed at advancing the science of human performance in both individual and team-based tasks. In particular, we are studying neural markers of expert performance across domains, rapport building and investigative interviewing, and social neuroscience and cooperation.

Based in The School of Psychology The SINAPSE Lab is co-led by Dr. Edson Filho and Dr. Beth Richardson:

Dr. Filho’s research interests revolve around expert performance and group dynamics in sport, music and the performing arts. He is particularly interested in the psychophysiological markers of peak performance, such as the "zones of optimal functioning" and "flow-feeling" experiences. Dr. Filho is also interested in how team processes and intra-team psychophysiological synchrony influence team performance.

Dr. Richardson’s research explores the mechanistic underpinnings of social behaviour within a broad integrative framework. Her research focuses on behavioural mimicry and forms of human cooperation, in particular, how potential deficiencies in communication can be used to understand these processes. In her research, Dr Richardson has explored the impact of unconscious communication through the importance of our social and cultural schemas and has examined communication as a strategic behaviour through focusing on processes of priming and disruption. Her research has strong impact in its emphasis on communication as a diagnostic tool, for example in lie detection and information gathering.


Opening Times

Monday through Friday Between 9:00 to 17:00


Dr. Edson Filho
Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology       
Phone: +44 (0) 1772 89 3436

Dr. Beth Richardson
Senior Lecturer in Experimental Social Psychology 
Phone: +44 (0) 1772 89 3753