Dr Hiran Shanake Perera

Dr. Hiran Shanake Perera is a Cognitive Neuroscientist and a Senior Lecturer of Psychology at Taylor's University. He is currently the Deputy Director of the Mental Health and Well-being Impact Lab (IL8). 

After completing my M.Sc. in cognitive neuroscience at Durham University in the UK, I joined Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) to complete my Ph.D in Psychology. I am interested in understanding the neurophysiological basis of executive functions by using non-invasive neuroimaging methods. I am also an active member of the British Neuroscience Association (BNA).

My research falls into two related fields, one examining human behaviors, which stems from the field of psychology, and the other examining the underlying neurophysiological responses (of those behaviors) by using cognitive neuroscientific methods such as electroencephalography (also known as EEG). I have tested nehavioral deficits suffered by individuals due to a multitude of psychopathological conditions (such as depression) in order to arrive at hypotheses about the manner in which differences in neurocortical responses in the brain are associated with differences in behavioral responses. To test those hypotheses, I use neuroimaging methods with clinical patients and healthy individuals.

Understanding neurobiological basis of human behaviors will have implications beyond basic psychological science and most importantly it can help to identify transdiagnostic biomarkers to develop individualized treatments.

Selected publications

  • Perera-W.A. H., Salehuddin K., Schaefer A., Khairudin R., (2021). EEG sebagai Kaedah Berkesan untuk Memahami Aktiviti Neural Berkaitan Keupayan Golongan Miskin Membuat Keputusan. Akademika 91(1), 2021: 165-179. https://doi.org/10.17576/akad-2021-9101-14
  • Perera-W.A. H, Salehuddin K, Khairudin R and Schaefer A (2021) The Relationship Between Socioeconomic Status and Scalp Event-Related Potentials: A Systematic Review. Front. Hum. Neurosci. 15:601489. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2021.601489
  • Perera-W.A. H., Khairudin R., Salehuddin K., Schaefer A. (2020). Neural Responses To Reward Sensitivity In Low-SES. An ERP Study. POGRES 2020 e-Proceedings, 441-445
  • Perera-W.A., H. (2022, February 15). A Brief Guide for Using Cognionics HD-72 Wireless EEG System: Noninvasive Method of Measuring the Brain’s Electric Fields in Psychophysiological Research. https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/vcyfb
  • Perera-W.A. H., Kairuddin R., Salehuddin K. (2022). The Effects of Depression on The Neural Correlates of Reward Sensitivity in Poverty. bioRxiv. https://doi.org/10.1101/2022.07.28.501886
Dr. Hiran Shanake Perera
Senior Lecturer of Psychology
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