Dr. Sukhbinder Kumar, Ph.D.


Dr. Sukhbinder Kumar is a neuroscientist and is currently working as a Research Fellow at Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, University College London (UCL) and Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University (UK). He received his Ph.D. from Newcastle University (UK) in 2004. His research concerns understanding brain mechanisms of auditory perception, cognition and emotion processing in normal human subjects and how these mechanisms go wrong in disorders of perception such as musical hallucinations and disorders of emotion processing such as misophonia. To address these questions he uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and magnetencephalography (MEG) combined with computational modeling and behavioral testing. Dr. Kumar has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles in neuroscience journals and recently published “The brain basis for misophonia,” in Current Biology (2017) with co-authors S, Tansley-Hancock O, Sedley W, Winston JS, Callaghan MF, Allen M, Cope TE, Gander PE, Bamiou D-E, and Griffiths TD. For Dr. Kumar’s full publication list, please see https://www.ncl.ac.uk/ion/staff/profile/sukhbinderkumar.html#publications

In our previous fMRI study (Kumar et al., 2017, Current Biology) we identified the brain areas which are hyperactive (compared to controls) in response to trigger sounds in participants with misophonia. However, fMRI being ‘slow’ in measuring the brain activity, it cannot measure the moment-by-moment changes (dynamics) in the brain activity. The aim of the present study is determine the dynamics of the brain activity, which can be measured at the scalp using electroencephalography (EEG) or magnetencephalography (MEG). One advantage of measuring this activity is instead of using expensive measuring device such as fMRI, a relatively cheaper set-up, such as EEG, can be used for measurement of brain response, which has the potential of being useful for therapeutic purposes.