I’m a neuroscientist interested in the brain basis of social interaction, social impression formation, and social agent representation, particularly with a focus on how these relate to paranoid beliefs in illness and health.

I am currently a postdoctoral ARC fellow at the Queensland Brain Institute, investigated the role of white matter tracts in information integration, social interaction, meta-cognition, and decision making using computational and neuroimaging techniques.

Previously I was an MRC funded doctoral scientist at the IoPPN (King’s College London) in the UK, specialising in psychopharmacology and cognitive neuroscience, testing neurocognitive factors associated with paranoia


You can read my scientific publications here and find my Google Scholar profile here.

You can get in touch with me on joe.barnby(at)

I’m also an active musician, and founded the immersive experiences venture Senscapes, you can see our work here:

In 2019, I was awarded the British Association of Psychopharmacology’s Science Communication and Public Engagement Award for my work with Senscapes, as well as my work with media in promoting mental health education.

If you’d like to get in touch about how to interpret your data rigorously, discuss scientific strategy and communication, and/or make your data look better and more communicable you can find my details on the contact page.

Here are some examples of my data visualisation and infographics: