My PhD thesis focused on face perception, specifically how faces are perceived differently from other objects using event-related potentials (ERPs). ERP technique allows for the mapping of combined neuronal activity over time, building a picture of the brain's first responses to presented stimuli with millisecond precision. Our findings indicate that as early as 100 ms after stimulus presentation, neural responses for faces can be distinct from other object categories. In 2012 I worked at the Salk institute for biological studies in California, with Dr. Ursula Bellugi on classifying the social phenotype of Williams syndrome (WS), a rare genetic condition caused by a micro-deletion of 25-28 genes on chromosome 7q11.23. Among the multitude of health problems the condition presents with, WS individuals exhibit low IQ scores, poor visuo-spatial abilities, and high frequency hearing loss manifesting as a sensitivity to sound. However, they use language relatively fluently and affectively, have an affinity to music, and are intensely fascinated by faces. Above all, they are characterised by their love of social interaction. Please see the Williams syndrome association's website: http://www.williams-syndrome.org/ After a period of time as a research fellow at the University of Stirling, and Lecturer at Staffordshire University, I returned to Stirling as a Lecturer.
My current research focus explores foetal alcohol spectrum disorders, and the impact of alcohol on development in general. Across a number of different projects my collaborators, my students, and I are exploring the pathogenic mechanisms of alcohol damage to the brain, the impact of memory black outs on the adolescent brain, and also upon visual perception - specifically the interaction between context and vision affected by alcohol.
Granato A & Dering B (2018) Alcohol and the Developing Brain: Why Neurons Die and How Survivors Change. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 19 (10), Art. No.: 2992. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms19102992
Wright D, Mitchell C, Dering B & Gheorghiu E (2018) Luminance-polarity distribution across the symmetry axis affects the electrophysiological response to symmetry. NeuroImage, 173, pp. 484-497. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2018.02.008
Ferrini F, Dering B, De Giorgio A, Lossi L & Granato A (2018) Effects of Acute Alcohol Exposure on Layer 5 Pyramidal Neurons of Juvenile Mice. Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology, 38 (4), pp. 955-963. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10571-017-0571-4
Dering B, Hoshino N & Thierry G (2012) N170 Modulation is expertise driven: Evidence from word-inversion effects in speakers of different languages. In: Ojima S, Otsu Y, Connolly J & Thierry G (eds.) Future Trends in the Biology of Language. CARLS Proceedings: Future Trends in the Biology of Language, 7. Future Trends in the Biology of Language 2011, Keio University, Japan, 09.03.2011-10.03.2011. Tokyo: Keio University. http://www.keio-up.co.jp/np/isbn/9784766419269/
Jarvinen A, Dering B, Neumann D, Ng R, Crivelli D, Grichanik M, Korenberg J & Bellugi U (2012) Sensitivity of the autonomic nervous system to visual and auditory affect across social and non-social domains in williams syndrome. Frontiers in Psychology, 3 (343). https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00343
Martin C, Costa A, Dering B, Hoshino N, Wu Y & Thierry G (2012) Effects of speed of word processing on semantic access: the case of bilingualism. Brain and Language, 120 (1), pp. 61-65. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bandl.2011.10.003
Dering B, Martin C, Moro S, Pegna A & Thierry G (2011) Face-sensitive processes one hundred milliseconds after picture onset. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 5 (93). https://doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2011.00093
Boehm S, Dering B & Thierry G (2011) Category-sensitivity in the N170 range: a question of topography and inversion, not one of amplitude. Neuropsychologia, 49 (7), pp. 2082-2089. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2011.03.039
Lallier M, Tainturier M, Dering B, Donnadieu S, Valdois S & Thierry G (2010) Behavioral and ERP evidence for amodal sluggish attentional shifting in developmental dyslexia. Neuropsychologia, 48 (14), pp. 4125-4135. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2010.09.027
Athanasopoulos P, Dering B, Wiggett A, Kuipers JR & Thierry G (2010) Perceptual shift in bilingualism: brain potentials reveal plasticity in pre-attentive colour perception. Cognition, 116 (3), pp. 437-443. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2010.05.016
Martin C, Dering B, Thomas E & Thierry G (2009) Brain potentials reveal semantic priming in both the 'active' and the 'non-attended' language of early bilinguals. NeuroImage, 47 (1), pp. 326-333. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2009.04.025
Athanasopoulos P, Wiggett A, Dering B, Kuipers JR & Thierry G (2009) The Whorfian mind: Electrophysiological evidence that language shapes perception (Article Addendum). Communicative and Integrative Biology, 2 (4), pp. 332-334. https://doi.org/10.4161/cib.2.4.8400
Thierry G, Athanasopoulos P, Wiggett A, Dering B & Kuipers JR (2009) Unconscious effects of language-specific terminology on preattentive color perception. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 106 (11), pp. 4567-4570. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.0811155106