Clara Humpston

Research group:
029 208 70365
CUBRIC, Maindy Road

Research summary

My main research interest focuses on the pathogenesis of psychotic symptoms (delusions and hallucinations) in individuals at high risk of developing schizophrenia-spectrum disorders, and also in individuals who do not fulfil any criteria for a clinical diagnosis; in particular I am interested in how these unusual experiences relate to distortions of one’s core sense of self and how they might arise from a cognitive neuropsychiatric point of view at different levels of abstraction and inference, incorporating concepts such as prediction error signalling and source-monitoring. With my background in pharmacology I am also interested in the role of dopamine in belief and/or delusion formation. In addition, I am very keen to explore the philosophical aspects of psychopathology, including the phenomenology of psychosis and self-disturbances.

Teaching summary

Year 2 Undergraduate Statistics Teaching Assistant, Cardiff University School of Psychology
Year 1 Undergraduate Practical Tutor, Cardiff University School of Psychology
Past experience of holding revision tutorials for Psychiatric Research MSc students at King’s College London

Selected publications (2014 onwards)


Full list of publications


Media activities

Science writing contributor to

Research topics and related papers

Psychosis; delusions; hallucinations; prediction error; source monitoring; reality distortion; dopamine


Medical Research Council Doctoral Training Grant; Cardiff University School of Psychology Award (2014-2017)

Research group


Research collaborators

Professor David Linden, Dr Lisa Evans and Dr Christoph Teufel (Cardiff University)
Dr Niklas Ihssen (Durham University)
Dr Matthew Broome (University of Oxford)

Undergraduate education

University of Bristol, BSc in Pharmacology, Upper Second Class Honours (2007-2011)

Postgraduate education

King’s College London, MSc in Psychiatric Research, Distinction (2011-2012)

Awards/external committees

Cardiff University School of Psychology First Year PhD Prize of Early Promise

Medical Research Council Max Perutz Science Writing Commendation Prize

University of Bristol R. B. Barlow Final Year Pharmacology Research Project Prize


Research Worker, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London (2013-2014)

Honorary Research Worker, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London (2012-2013)