Dr Magdalena Sliwinska

School of Psychology

I am a Lecturer in Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University.

My educational background is multidisciplinary as I obtained my first degree in English Language and Linguistics, followed by a master’s degree in Neuroscience of Language and Communication which sparked my great interest for neuroscience. I pursued this interest later in a PhD.

During my PhD, I focused on establishing the functional and temporal contributions of the parietal lobe to visual word recognition which expanded our understanding of reading in the brain and further refined its neurological model. I also received an extensive training in transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) which has been my main research tool since then.

After my PhD, I worked as a research associate. During the first position at the Imperial College London, I expanded my research into the neuroscience of language. As part of my work, I used TMS and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to establish the causal importance of the multiple-demand cortex in language learning. During my second position at the University of York, I used TMS and fMRI in heathy and post-stroke brains to aid our understanding of visual face and object recognition.

My current research investigates further the neural mechanisms involved in learning. In addition, I combine my work into visual language and face processing to understand the functional and structural lateralisation of the human brain. I believe that the concept of face lateralisation in humans cannot be fully understood without looking into lateralisation of our language.

I am always keen to share my expertise in TMS with others. I am a co-organiser and consultant of the international Advanced TMS Workshop for Neuroscience (www.tms-workshop.org); a 3-day course on how to use TMS in neuroscientific research open to delegates from all around the world. The workshop is hosted in collaboration with our industrial partner, Brain Box (https://brainbox-neuro.com). Please feel free to get in touch for more information about the workshop.


2015, University College London, United Kingdom, PhD Experimental Psychology
2010, University College London, United Kingdom, MSc Neuroscience, Language and Communication
2009, University of Roehampton, United Kingdom, BA English Language and Linguistics

Academic appointments

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University, 2020 - present
Post-doctoral Research Associate, Psychology, University of York, 2017 - 2020
Post-doctoral Research Associate, Medicine, Imperial College London, 2015 - 2017

Journal article

Banaszkiewicz A, Bola Ł, Matuszewski J, Szczepanik M, Kossowski B, Mostowski P, Rutkowski P, Śliwińska M, Jednoróg K, Emmorey K, Marchewka A. 2021. The role of the superior parietal lobule in lexical processing of sign language: Insights from fMRI and TMS Cortex, 135 :240-254 DOI Public Url

Sliwinska MW, Bearpark C, Corkhill J, McPhillips A, Pitcher D. 2020. Dissociable pathways for moving and static face perceptionbegin in early visual cortex: evidence from an acquired prosopagnosic Cortex, 130 :327-339 DOI Public Url

Sliwinska M, Elson R, Pitcher D. 2020. Dual-site TMS demonstrates causal functional connectivity between the left and right posterior temporal sulci during facial expression recognition Brain Stimulation, 13 :1008-1013 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Matuszewski J, Szczepanik M, Droździel D, Sliwinska M, Paplińska M, Jednoróg K, Szwed M, Marchewka A. 2019. Functional hierarchy for tactile processing in the visual cortex of sighted adults NeuroImage, 202 :116084-116084 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Sliwinska M, Pitcher D. 2018. TMS demonstrates that both right and left superior temporal sulci are important for facial expression recognition NeuroImage, 183 :394-400 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Sliwinska M, Violante I, Wise R, Leech R, Devlin J, Geranmayeh F, Hampshire A. 2017. Stimulating Multiple-Demand Cortex Enhances Vocabulary Learning The Journal of Neuroscience, 37 :7606-7618 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Siuda-Krzywicka K, Bola Ł, Paplińska M, Sumera E, Jednoróg K, Marchewka A, Sliwinska M, Amedi A, Szwed M. 2016. Massive cortical reorganization in sighted Braille readers eLife, 5 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Sliwinska M, James A, Devlin J. 2015. Inferior Parietal Lobule Contributions to Visual Word Recognition Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 27 :593-604 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Sliwinska M, Vitello S, Devlin J. 2014. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Investigating Causal Brain-behavioral Relationships and their Time Course Journal of Visualized Experiments, 89 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Sliwinska M, Khadilkar M, Campbell-Ratcliffe J, Quevenco F, Devlin J. 2012. Early and sustained supramarginal gyrus contributions to phonological processing Frontiers in Psychology, 3 :1-10 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Sliwinska M, Bearpark C, Corkhill J, McPhillips A, Pitcher D. Dissociable pathways for moving and static face perception begin in early visual cortex: evidence from an acquired prosopagnosic PsyArXiv Preprints, DOI

Sliwinska M, Brown L, Earl M, O’Gorman D, Pollicina G, Burton M, Pitcher D. Face learning via short real-world social interactions induces changes in face-selective brain areas and hippocampus PsyArXiv Preprints, DOI

Other Professional Activity:

I was invited to teach on the International Online Workshop on Fundamentals & Applications of TMS organised by the BrainBox Initiative. The workshop took place over three days (from 30th March 2021 to 2nd April 2021).. 2021

Membership of professional bodies:

Member, Experimental Psychology Society, https://eps.ac.uk/. 2020

Research Grants Awarded:

The British Academy, Investigating how the parietal cortex contributes to foreign language learning, Grant value (£): £9223.19, Duration of research project: 1 year. 2019


Flexible Talent Mobility Award, BBSRC. 2018

Public engagement:

Imperial College London, Stroke recovery time could be reduced, Care UK Health Care, Interview, society, Interviewee. 2016

University College London, Secrets of the Brain, Insight TV, TV programme, society, Speaker. 2016

Cheltenham Science Festival, Brain Control Live, Cheltenham Science Festival, Demonstration, society, Presenter. 2016

BBC production site, London, Dara O’Briain’s Science Club, BBC2, TV show, society, Consultant. 2013

University College London, Interview for an article in Cosmos Magazine entitled 'Reading Minds', Interview, society, Interviewee. 2012

University College London, Interview for the Times article entitled 'The day I had my brain switched off', Interview, society, Interviewee/Assistant. 2010

Conference organisation:

Advanced TMS Workshop for Neuroscience (run once a year), co-organiser and consultant, https://www.tms-workshop.org/.