Dr Faisal Mushtaq is an experimental psychologist and Academic Fellow in Health Engineering at the University of Leeds. He is the lead investigator of the Immersive Cognition (ICON) Research Group and Associate Director of the Centre for Immersive Technologies at the University of Leeds.
Mushtaq's research examines interactions between action and cognition in human reinforcement learning and decision-making. His 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.