Department of Psychology

Our academic staff

Academic members of staff

Lecturer, Department of Psychology
Lecturer, Department of Psychology
Research interests: Improving subjective well-being through the identification of happiness-enhancing behaviours or activities; Promoting the uptake of eco-friendly behaviours; The capabilities of digital technologies to change behaviour
Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology
Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology
Research interests: Cognitive neuropsychology; Visual cognition; Comparative psychology; Colour vision
Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology
Research interests: Transcranial magnetic simulation (TMS); Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS); Mirror neurons; Stress & Ageing
Lecturer, Department of Psychology
Research interests: Mortality awareness; The psychology of liberty; Perceptions of, and reactions to, (in)equality and (un)fairness; The formation and maintenance of trust and helping in society
Lecturer, Department of Psychology
Lecturer, Department of Psychology
Research interests: Social cognition; political psychology; social comparison; relative deprivation; inequality; socioecological psychology; applied social psychology; just-world theory; immanent justice reasoning; judgment and decision making. I have a particular interest in how socioecological factors (e.g., economic structure, culture, institutions) shape political cognition, beliefs and attitudes.
Lecturer, Department of Psychology
Research interests: imitation; facial mimicry; action processing; development of the mirror neuron system;
Lecturer, Department of Psychology
Research interests: Visual cognition; Understanding basic mechanisms of visuo-spatial attention; Visuo-spatial short-term memory; The effects of experience on object and word processing
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) and Professor (R), Department of Psychology
Lecturer, Department of Psychology
Research interests: The development of body awareness; Tactile interactions; Development of interoception
Reader, Department of Psychology
Research interests: Visual cognition; Perception of pictures and videos; Eye movements; Cognitive neuropsychology
Reader, Department of Psychology
Research interests: Acculturation, acculturative stress & well-being in acculturation; Cross-cultural differences in social cognition; Acculturation in migrants and international students; Acculturation within the family context; Social Psychology
Reader (R), Department of Psychology
Research interests: Visual body representations and effects of body image in eating and body dysmorphic disorders; Somatosensory processes, multisensory processes involving somatosensation; Sensorimotor learning, neural plasticity, integration of external objects/tools into the body schema; Mirror touch, action representation, and social cognition; The bodily self in depersonalisation-derealisation disorder
Lecturer, Department of Psychology
Lecturer, Department of Psychology
Research interests: Cognitive psychology of language; Reading; Deafness; Hearing impairment; Atypical language development; Sign Language processing; Psycholinguistics; Experimental Psychology; Deafness; Sign Language; Altered Language Experience; Atypical Language Development; Reading; Literacy; Reading Acquisition; Visual Word processing; Orthographic Processing; Phonological Processing; Electrophysiology; Event Related Potentials; Brain Lateralization for Language; Development of brain lateralisation
Lecturer, Department of Psychology
Professor, Department of Psychology
Research interests: binocular vision; image statistics; visual discomfort
Lecturer, Department of Psychology
Research interests: Visual search; Visual camouflage and mimicry; Cognitive modelling
Reader, Department of Psychology
Research interests: Sense of Agency; Metacognition; Action Understanding; Multisensory Integration
Reader (R), Department of Psychology
Research interests: Risk communication; Gender equality
Lecturer, Department of Psychology
Research interests: Multisensory attention and perception; Tactile effects on visual spatial attention; Viewing the skin changing tactile judgements; Changes in body posture modifying spatial attention; Methods ERPs, EOG, TMS, Reaction time
Lecturer, Department of Psychology
Research interests: Interoception; Neurodevelopment; fNIRS; fMRI; Social Cognition; Adolescence; Interoceptive Development; Mental Health Development; Somatic Symptoms in Children
Lecturer, Department of Psychology
Research interests: Embodiment in facial emotion recognition
Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology
Research interests: Trust and interdependence; Motivated cognition and relationship maintenance; Risk, vulnerability and uncertainty regulation; Romantic relationships
Research Officer, Department of Psychology
Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology
Research interests: working memory; cognitive ageing; long-term memory; executive functioning; conscious recollection; cognitive modelling
Lecturer, Department of Psychology
Research interests: social status and inequality; social inclusion; self-esteem; narcissism; emotion and well-being; interpersonal behaviour; decision-making
Lecturer, Department of Psychology
Research interests: My work investigates the processing performed by the human visual system. My research mainly falls into the following areas: perceptual encoding, edge processing, visual grouping, visual attention, and coding efficiency. I also work on face perception and memory.;
Lecturer, Department of Psychology
Research interests: Weight stigma; Physical activity behaviour
Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology
Research interests: Evolutionary psychology; Cooperation and altruism; Social norms; Leadership and group functioning; Intergroup conflict; Computer modelling of social phenomenon; Applications of social cognition techniques to evolutionary questions; Biosocial psychology
Professor, Department of Psychology
Research interests: Intention-behaviour relation; Self-regulation; Social psychology of volition and volitional strategies in behavioural change; Motivational models of health-related behaviour; Social psychology of sexual health; Social-cognitive accounts of motivation and health-related behaviour; Cervical screening; Colorectal cancer screening
Head of Department - Professor (R), Department of Psychology
Research interests: Social language processing in normal and special populations (e.g., bilinguals, brain damaged, aging); Emotional and attitudinal language processing across different cultures; Motivational prosody processing; Event-related brain potentials
Professor, Department of Psychology
Lecturer, Department of Psychology
Reader, Department of Psychology
Research interests: General Research Interests: My work has focused on sexual orientation: how it develops, how it is organized, and how it affects a person’s life. I use a wide diversity of methodologies, ranging from behavioral observation, to physiological sexual activity, to twin designs, and employ an array of quantitative skills, in order to pursue my research. I have used childhood videos and photographs to examine how behavioral signals of early masculinity-femininity predict adult sexual orientation. I have studied identical twins with discordant sexual orientations to quantify the nongenetic impact on their development. I study genital sexual arousal to gather objective information on sex differences that pure self-report studies could never reveal: in women bisexual arousal is common across sexual orientations, whereas in men bisexual arousal is possible, but rare. I validated a non-intrusive measure of sexual arousal, pupil dilation, which will allow studying diverse age groups or different cultures, and for whom genital arousal measures are unsuitable. My studies have broad relevance for understanding the development of differences between and within the sexes, and for how people perceive themselves and others.
Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology
Research interests: Face and emotion processing in infancy.; The development of body representation and tactile localisation.; The development of the neural basis of shared touch.; Perinatal mental health.
Lecturer, Department of Psychology
Research interests: Inductive and deductive reasoning; Individual differences in reasoning strategies; The cognitive psychology of intelligence; Spatial reasoning and imagery; The development of expertise
Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology
Research interests: The role of emotion and anxiety in attentional biases
Reader (R), Department of Psychology
Research interests: A major focus of my research is risk taking behaviours across adulthood. My research in this area is aimed at explaining why people become more cautious in older age and whether age changes in risk taking behaviours are beneficial or harmful. There are both theoretical and applied aspects to my work in this field. As an applied focus, I investigate the risks faced by young and elderly drivers with a view to understanding whether drivers of these ages are a danger to themselves and to other road users. Through my applied work, I have introduced new statistical tools for the assessment of driver crash risk.; A second theme in my research explores perception and communication of health risks and health-related decision making. One of my aims in this area is to develop methods for overcoming barriers to effective risk communication. For example, my recent work has shown that maths anxiety impedes understanding of numerical health risks, but that some of the negative effects of maths anxiety can be alleviated with graphical presentation aids.
Lecturer, Department of Psychology
Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology
Research interests: The emergence of inhibitory control in children. Inhibitory control is the capacity to regulate our thoughts, behaviour and emotions, and so take charge of our own lives.
Reader, Department of Psychology
Research interests: In my research, I am trying to understand how people estimate, judge, reason and make decisions in situations of uncertainty and risk, how people perform these processes on their own and in the presence of the others, and how people perform these processes in the lab and in the wild.; My basic research interests include perceptions of verbal probabilities, statistical reasoning, and intuitive and deliberative processing. My applied research interests include uncertainty and risk communication (e.g., climate change communication, communication between patients and doctors), and diagnostic and management decision-making of doctors.; Why people expect antibiotics even when not needed?; Risk and probability communication; Why people (do not) correct their own errors in judgments and reasoning (e.g., intuitive and deliberate errors, effect of feedback)
Professor, Department of Psychology
Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology
Research interests: The study of brain responses during tonic pain and other unpleasant prolonged sensory stimulation; Sensory expectation and prediction in the brain; Existential threats. How symbolic threats can alter our behaviour and brain activity
Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology
Lecturer, Department of Psychology
Research interests: Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) Hyperscanning; Social Neuroscience of Human Attachment and Caregiving; Social Cognitive Affective Neuroscience; Bio-Behavioural and Interpersonal Neural Synchrony
Professor, Department of Psychology
Research interests: Similarities and differences between different memory tasks, especially immediate serial recall and free recall; General properties of episodic memory; Memory structures and processes; The use of technology to enhance human memory
Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology
Research interests: Cognitive Control; Visual Attention; Skill Acquisition; Cognition & Emotion; Implicit Biases; Computational Modelling of Human Cognition
Lecturer, Department of Psychology

Research members of staff

Senior Research Officer, Department of Psychology
Graduate Laboratory Assistant, Department of Psychology
Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Psychology
Senior Research Officer, Department of Psychology
Senior Research Officer, Department of Psychology
Research Assistant, Department of Psychology
Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Psychology
Senior Research Officer, Department of Psychology
Research Officer, Department of Psychology
Research Officer, Department of Psychology
Research Assistant, Department of Psychology
Research Assistant, Department of Psychology
Research Assistant, Department of Psychology
Research Assistant, Department of Psychology
Research Assistant, Department of Psychology
Graduate Laboratory Assistant, Department of Psychology
Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Psychology
Research Officer, Department of Psychology
Graduate Laboratory Assistant, Department of Psychology
Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Psychology
Research Officer, Department of Psychology
Research Assistant, Department of Psychology
Senior Research Officer, Department of Psychology
Visiting Fellow, Department of Psychology
Visiting Fellow, Department of Psychology
Graduate Laboratory Assistant, School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences
Research Officer, Department of Psychology
Senior Research Officer, School of Health and Social Care
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