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David Pitcher
Senior Lecturer



I graduated in Psychology from York in 1994 and after ten years working in the private sector I returned to academia to complete a PhD at University College London in 2009. I did postdoctoral training in neuroimaging at MIT and then accepted a research fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health before returning to York as a Lecturer in 2015.



  • Lecturer in Psychology, University of York, 2015 onwards
  • Research Fellow, NIMH, 2011 to 2015      
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, MIT, 2009 to 2011      
  • Ph.D. Psychology, University College London, 2006 to 2009      
  • M.Sc. University of York, 2005 to 2006      
  • B.Sc. Psychology, University of York, 1991 to 1994

Departmental roles

  • Deputy Chair of MSc Examiners
  • Overseas Students Supervisor
  • Member of Exceptional Circumstance Committee



I am a cognitive neuroscientist studying the cortical mechanisms of the human visual system. I combine transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to test functional models of brain function with a particular focus on face perception.


  • 2017 to 2020 - BBSRC New Investigator Grant (BB/P006981) - £457016                    
    “Causal Connections of the cortical face network studied with TMS and FMRI”


  • 2016 to 2017 - SFARI Explorer Award (#392150) - $58036
    “Measuring the size of face-selective regions using fMRI and TMS”


Selected publications

  • Pitcher, D., Japee, S., Rauth, L., & Ungerleider, L. G. (2017). The superior temporal sulcus is causally connected to the amygdala: A combined TBS-fMRI study. Journal of Neuroscience, 37(5), 1156-1161.
  • Pitcher, D., Duchaine, B., & Walsh, V. (2014). Combined TMS and fMRI reveals dissociable cortical pathways for dynamic and static face perception. Current Biology, 24(17), 2066-2070. 
  • Pitcher, D. (2014). Discriminating facial expressions takes longer in the posterior superior temporal sulcus than in the occipital face area. Journal of Neuroscience, 34(27), 9173-9177.
  • Rezlescu, C., Barton, J. J., Pitcher, D., & Duchaine, B. (2014). Normal acquisition of expertise with a novel object class in two cases of acquired prosopagnosia. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111(14), 5123-5128.

Full publications list

For full publication list see David Pitcher's Google Scholar profile.



Brain and Behaviour: Brain mechanism of Visual Recognition

Brain and Behaviour: Brain Mechanisms of Attention


MSc Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience


Contact details

Dr David Pitcher
Senior Lecturer
Department of Psychology
Room PS/B109

Tel: 01904 322864