Noemi Dreksler | Psychology
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Currently I am working in the Crossmodal Research Laboratory at the University of Oxford as a D.Phil candidate. Headed by Charles Spence, we study the integration of information across our senses and the multitude of ways our senses interact. You can visit us on facebook here. My D.Phil is kindly sponsored by the MRC and St John’s College.

The Causal Origins of Crossmodal Correspondences

Examining how we acquire crossmodal correspondences forms the backbone of my D.Phil work. This involves but is not limited to exploring the statistical, structural, affective, and semantic accounts for the causal origins of crossmodal correspondences. I am also currently designing experiments to examine the role played by factors such as transitivity and individual differences.

Kandinsky and Colour-Shape Correspondences: A Review

For Wassily Kandinsky, correspondences existed between colours and forms: A triangle was yellow, a circle blue, and a square red. I am currently conducting a review of the empirical evidence for Kandinsky’s colour-form correspondence theory and colour-shape correspondences more generally.


University of Oxford | 2015-2018

DPhil candidate in the Crossmodal Research Laboratory supervised by Professor Charles Spence and Professor Robin Murphy. Funded by the MRC and St John’s College.

University College London | 2013-2014

Master of Science (MSc), Industrial/Organisational and Business Psychology, Distinction (Class rank: 1st)

University of Oxford | 2010-2013

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Psychology and Philosophy, First Class Honours (Class rank: 2nd)

UCL Best Mark Prize | 2014

Awarded for best mark in the degree MSc in Industrial/Organisational and Business Psychology.

Nominee – Indigogold MSc Innovation Award | 2014

Dissertation nominated for the Indigogold MSc Work Psychology Innovation Award.

University of Oxford Gibbs Prizes | 2013

Awarded for best Psychology dissertation and proxime acessit (runner-up) for overall performance in the PPP degree course at the University of Oxford.

Hertford College Book Awards | 2013

Awarded for best Psychology dissertation and proxime acessit (runner-up) for overall performance in the PPP degree course at the University of Oxford.

Stone Family Foundation Scholarship | 2012
Financial support during my internship at Rethink Mental Illness.

Hertford College Scholarship | 2011
Two-year scholarship for distinction achieved at first public examinations at the University of Oxford.

Dean’s list at McGill University | 2009
Place on the dean’s list for academic achievement in examinations.

James McGill Scholarship | 2009
Renewable scholarship for academic achievement and leadership potential.

Assistant Business Psychologist

April 2014-September 2015. Conducted the research for a Director’s new book on employee behaviour change, requiring the synthesis of large volumes of information and a self-driven and conscientious work style. Further tasks include conducting aggregate data analysis, conducting research and summarizing findings, shadowing assessments, proposals, producing presentations and articles, developing leadership frameworks and new psychometrics.

Full-time Policy Team Intern

June-August 2012. Completed a policy research project assessing the effect of austerity on mental health. Other tasks included communicating and arranging meetings with leading academics in the mental health field and fulfilling further research tasks for the policy and activism team.


Abstracts of my Bachelor and Masters dissertations.

Is Pain a Separate Sensory Modality? A Cognitive Neuroscience Perspective

Cognitive neuroscience research revealing the 1) phenomenology, 2) physiology, 3) representation, and 4) function of pain is examined to evaluate whether we can consider pain as a separate sensory modality. The discussion focuses on the wealth of new research and theories that has come out in the period from 2000-2013 since it allows us to fruitfully re-evaluate pain’s modality status. The four areas are chosen to reflect traditional criteria used to individuate the senses in philosophy (Macpherson, 2011). The exquisitely specialised nature of the nociceptive system is empasized, whilst the strong integrated links with other sensory modalities such as touch, temperature, and vision is discussed. The integrated and convergent processing is evaluated in light of the functions pain serves, reminiscent of Gibson’s (1966) ecological approach. Pain is found amenable to scientific examination and capable of being categorised as a sensory modality in its own right. Suggestions for how to think about sensory modalities, perceptual systems, and their functions are considered.

The Dark Triad and Emotional Intelligence: A Literature Review and Meta-analysis

A qualitative and quantitative review of the relationship between the dark triad and emotional intelligence was conducted. The qualitative review introduces emotional intelligence, Psychopathy, Machiavellianism, and Narcissism. The affective and interpersonal nature of the dark triad is elucidated by examining its callous and emotionally manipulative nature. In the quantitative review, 26 studies, predominately looking at the relationship between trait emotional intelligence and the dark triad, were meta-analysed. Significant correlations of -0.30, -0.35, and 0.17 between trait emotional intelligence and Psychopathy, Machiavellianism, and Narcissism, respectively, were found. Findings in relation to ability emotional intelligence, offender vs. non-offenders, and construct sub-factors are discussed. Recommendations and issues for future research in the light of the qualitative and quantitative findings are presented.