The project is being run by myself (Melissa Barker) and my supervisor, Dr Rebecca Brewer.

If you need to contact me, please email me at and I’ll be more than happy to address any questions you may have.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of the research with Dr Brewer, you can contact her by email at

You can also contact us via social media!

Twitter: @The_INDIE_Study


About the Researchers:

Melissa Barker:

Melissa received her undergraduate degree in Neuropsychology from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in 2016. She also completed a Masters by Research at UCLan for a thesis exploring the role of interoceptive abilities in emotional intensity and susceptibility to distraction by sound. Her current research interest is the contribution of interoception in mental health and the development of psychiatric conditions, with the topic of her PhD focused specifically on interoception in eating disorders.

Dr Rebecca Brewer:

Rebecca completed her undergraduate in Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford in 2010, her MSc in Developmental Sciences in 2012, and her PhD in Psychology at King’s College, University of London in 2015.

Rebecca’s main interests are how we understand our own feelings from our body (emotions and other internal states like feeling tired, hungry, hot etc) and how we recognise these feelings in other people. Her PhD research focused on emotional abilities in autistic people and people with eating disorders, and her more recent research has extended these findings to internal bodily signals beyond emotions.

This project is funded by the South East Network for Social Sciences (SENSS) as part of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).