Michael is a Professor in Psychology based in the Department of Psychology, Goldsmiths (University of London), where he is Director of Research and Co-Head of Department. Prior to taking up his position at Goldsmiths he worked at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (University College London) on personal Research Fellowships awarded by the British Academy and the ESRC. He also completed his PhD in Psychology at UCL.
He has contributed to several diverse research areas, including social perception, social cognition, creativity, synaesthesia, and brain stimulation. The breadth of his work is not only seen in scientific contributions, but also in his engagement to bring science to the public and industry. This has resulted in him receiving a number of honours, including substantial external funding and prizes from major scientific bodies in the UK and internationally (e.g. the British Psychological Society Spearman Medal and the Bertelson Award).