Dr Faisal Mushtaq

Dr Faisal Mushtaq


Dr Faisal Mushtaq is a cognitive neuroscientist, whose research examines interactions between action and cognition in human reinforcement learning and decision-making. 

Dr Mushtaq is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology and holds a Turing Institute Fellowship. He also leads the Immersive Cognition (ICON) Research Group and is Associate Director of the Centre for Immersive Technologies at the University of Leeds. 


  • Associate Director, Centre for Immersive Technologies
  • Alan Turing Institute Fellow

Research interests

Mushtaq's research sits at the interface between psychology, engineering and computer science and takes a multi-modal approach to understanding the relationship between action and cognition; from capturing neural activity (primarily EEG) and behavioural markers of performance using Virtual and Augmented Reality technology in laboratory-controlled environments through to extracting measures of performance in the real world from large-scale datasets. Mushtaq has also been driving forward the application of principles from cognitive science to real world contexts to accelerate the acquisition of skilled behaviour - from surgeons performing minimally invasive surgery through to facilitating human-like decision-making in robots.

Professional memberships

  • British Standards Institute
  • EPSRC Human-Like Computing Network
  • BMJ STEL Editorial Board
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