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Social Neuroscience PhD Researcher &

Voice Teacher

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Natalie Christie Peluso is an emerging social neuroscientist undertaking her PhD at The University of Queensland. With over 20 years of international acclaim as an opera singer and voice teacher, Natalie channels this expertise by investigating how mind-body interactions impact social intelligence, with a particular focus on facial expressions and interoception.

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In Press


Long, H., Peluso, N., Baker, C.I. et al. A database of heterogeneous faces for studying naturalistic expressions. Sci Rep 13, 5383 (2023).
*Equally contributing first authors


Dingle GA, Sharman LS, Bauer Z, Beckman E, Broughton M, Bunzli E, Davidson R, Draper G, Fairley S, Farrell C, Flynn LM, Gomersall S, Hong M, Larwood J, Lee C, Lee J, Nitschinsk L, Peluso N, Reedman SE, Vidas D, Walter ZC and Wright ORL. (2021) How Do Music Activities Affect Health and Well-Being? A Scoping Review of Studies Examining Psychosocial Mechanisms. Front. Psychol. 12:713818. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.713818

Under Review

Saurels B, Peluso N, Taubert J. When we mistake a hat for a face: A behavioral advantage for face pareidolia in peripheral vision.


Gholamrezaei, A., Guadagnoli, L., Teugels, A., Peluso, N., Fung, A., Van Oudenhove, L., ... & Keefer, L. (2023). Breathing exercises for the management of gastrointestinal conditions: protocol for a scoping review. medRxiv, 2023-10. 

“I thought the sensation was Natalie Christie as Sophie. She sang radiantly and acted the part better than almost anyone I can recall.” 

Michael White, Independent on Sunday (UK)


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Acknowledgement of Country

I acknowledge the Turrbal and Jagera people - the traditional custodians of Meanjin (Brisbane) - and their connections to land, sea and community; where the songlines, stories, songs, ancestors and dreamings of First Nations peoples continue to resonate. I pay my respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.

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