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Dr Paddy Ross, MA, MSc, PhD

Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43279
Room number: L60

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Academic Interests

My main research focus is understanding how we perceive social signals. Primarily I'm interested in exploring emotion recognition from the body, hands and voice using behavioural experiments, fMRI and point-light displays.

My current projects involve the ability to recognise emotions from the hands, investigating the brain areas involved when children and adults recognise emotions from the human body, and exploring the phenomenon of auditory emotional dominance in children.

I'm also a co-PI of the Wearable Ideology (WEID) project, an international network looking at gendered language ideology expressed through clothing.

Research Groups

Department of Psychology

Research Interests

  • Importance of the hands in emotion recognition
  • Social interaction using point-light displays
  • Emotion recognition from the body and voice
  • Typical developmental trajectories of emotion recognition
  • FMRI in children and adolescents

Teaching Areas

  • Introduction to Psychological Research - Module Leader

  • Developmental Psychology Lectures
  • MSc Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience


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