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Department of Psychology

Staff

Professor Richard Crisp, BA (Oxon) PhD (Wales) C. Psychol. FAPS FBPsS FAcSS

Head of Department

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Mrs Carolyn Loughlin

PA to Head of Department

Telephone - +44 (0) 0191 43237

Email - carolyn.loughlin@durham.ac.uk


Academic Staff:


Dr John Adams

Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 40108
Room number: E006
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 40108

Contact Dr John Adams j.w.adams@durham.ac.uk

Research Interests:

My research interest s are in cognitive development and its relation to educational attainment. In particular, numeracy development and mathematical difficulties, working memory, and parental styles.

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Dr Anthony Atkinson, B.Sc., M.Sc., D.Phil.

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Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43234
Room number: L55
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43234

(email at a.p.atkinson@durham.ac.uk)

Research Interests:

My research investigates the psychological and neural processes underlying social perception, including the perception of emotion, personality, and social interactions, from faces and from body postures and movement
(biological motion). We use a range of experimental techniques and measures, including reaction time paradigms, eye tracking, functional resonance imaging and transcranial magnetic stimulation, in neurologically healthy and brain-damaged participants.

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Dr Ulrik Beierholm, PhD, MSc, BSc, HEA Fellow

Assistant Professor in the https://www.dur.ac.uk/psychology/

Administrative Responsibilities:Travel Placement Approver (ulrik.beierholm@durham.ac.uk), Department of Psychology

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43249
Room number: L13

Contact Dr Ulrik Beierholm

Research Interests:

I am very interested in how the nervous system deals with uncertainty, whether in perception, decision making or learning. We use computational ideas (e.g. bayesian inference or reinforcement learning) to model this and test these ideas using several techniques such as psychphysics, fMRI, pharmacology etc.

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Dr Lynda Boothroyd, BA MSc PhD

Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology

Administrative Responsibilities: C800 Admissions Tutor (psychology.admissions@dur.ac.uk),

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43289
Room number: L77

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Research Interests:

I use experimental, cross-cultural and evolutionary approaches to understand facial attraction, body ideals and human mating psychology. I am also interested in interventions to improve body image in the West and in developing countries.

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Dr Mike Burt

Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology

Contact Dr Mike Burt (email at d.m.burt@durham.ac.uk

Research Interests:

My research is into face and person perception from low level face processing to higher level interpretation of social cues. I am particularly interested in the perception and interpretation of emotional expressions and their effect of behaviour most recently using immersive VR to present socio-emotional cues in a more realistic and involving manner.

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Dr Zanna Clay, PhD

Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 49114
Room number: L17

Contact Dr Zanna Clay (email at zanna.e.clay@durham.ac.uk)

Research Interests:

I am a comparative and developmental psychologist with specialism in primatology. I am interested in the development and evolution of language, empathy and cultural cognition, which I address using experimental and ethological approaches with human children and great apes. I have particular expertise with bonobos and chimpanzees.

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Dr Jason Connolly

Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43217
Room number: L14

Contact Dr Jason Connolly (email at j.d.connolly@durham.ac.uk)

Research Interests:

My research concerns: 1) the neural correlates of early movement planning; and 2) the development of EEG-based brain-computer interfaces.

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Dr Judith Covey

Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology

(email at j.a.covey@durham.ac.uk)

Research Interests:

I am interested in the role of distributional concerns, equity, fairness and altruism in shaping people’s preferences for allocating public resources on health and safety. Factors affecting people’s motivation to protect themselves from health risks and natural hazards. How framing of information about risks and benefits affects the decisions people make about their health and safety.

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Dr Dorothy Cowie, BA, DPhil

Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology
Administrative Responsibilities: C800 Admissions Tutor (psychology.admissions@dur.ac.uk), Department of Psychology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43270
Room number: L76

Contact Dr Dorothy Cowie (email at dorothy.cowie@durham.ac.

Research Interests:

I study movement control and own-body perception. I have a particular interest in the development of these processes.

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Dr Alexander Easton

Associate Professor (Reader) in the Department of Psychology
Administrative Responsibilities: Director of Postgraduate Studies (alexander.easton@durham.ac.uk), Department of Psychology
Telephone: 43257, 40121
Room number: L72 D103f
Telephone: 43257 / 40121

(email at alexander.easton@durham.ac.uk)

Research Interests:

I am interested in episodic memory; the memory for events that you have experienced in the past and which appear to develop during childhood and become impaired as we age. By combining approaches in both animals and humans we can better understand the processes that are involved in this type of memory, which has great importance for an ageing population.

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Dr Amanda Ellison, Ph.D, BAmod Physiology

Associate Professor (Reader) in the Department of Psychology

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 40430
Room number: E008

(email at amanda.ellison@durham.ac.uk)

Research Interests:

I am a neuroscientist that never got past the why phase. I am interested in how different regions of the brain communicate in order to bring about our behaviours; I use various neuroscientific techniques to address behavioural issues in an interdisciplinary manner.

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Professor Charles Fernyhough, MA, PhD

Professor (0.5) in the Department of Psychology

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43243
Room number: L80
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43243

Contact Professor Charles Fernyhough (email at c.p.fernyhough@durham.ac.uk)

Research Interests:

The focus of Charles’s recent scientific work has been in applying ideas from mainstream developmental psychology to the study of psychosis, particularly the phenomenon of voice-hearing (in which individuals hear voices in the absence of any speaker). He is PI on the interdisciplinary Hearing the Voice project, supported by the Wellcome Trust.

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Dr Anna Grubert

Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology

Contact Dr Anna Grubert (email at anna.k.grubert@durham.ac.uk)

Research Interests:

My research focuses on top-down controlled visual selective attention. More specifically, I investigate organisational and temporal properties of memory-based search templates and how they control attentional object selection. In my experiments, I combine behavioural (psychophysics) and electrophysiological (EEG/ERP) measures.

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Dr Mary Hanley, BSc, PhD Psychology

Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43239
Room number: L62

(email at mary.hanley@durham.ac.uk

Research Interests:

My research is focussed on understanding atypical social behaviour in neurodevelopmental disorders, particularly in autism and Williams syndrome. I am especially interested in how attention, social cognition, and anxiety contribute to functioning in these groups.

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Dr Markus Hausmann

Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43286
Room number: L53

Contact Dr Markus Hausmann (email at markus.hausmann@durham.ac.uk)

Research Interests:

I am a neuropsychologist with specialism in psychoneuroendocrinology. I am interested in the intra- and interindividual differences in brain and behaviour, which I address using experimental and cognitive neuroscience
approaches in neurologically typical and atypical individuals. I have particular interest in the neural effects of sex and sex hormones on functional brain organisation.

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Dr Niklas Ihssen

Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology

Contact Dr Niklas Ihssen niklas.lhssen@duram.ac.uk

Research Interests:

Reward, motivation and addiction: brain imaging and fMRI-neurofeedback of food and drug reward; behavioural responses to visual food and drug cues; self-regulation of wanting and craving; social influence on reward and reward learning.

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Dr Bob Kentridge

Associate Professor (Reader) in the Department of Psychology
Administrative Responsibilities: C800 Admissions Tutor (psychology.admissions@dur.ac.uk), Department of Psychology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43261
Room number: L48A
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 40437

(email at robert.kentridge@durham.ac.uk)

Research Interests:

I study the neuropsychology of visual perception. I am particularly interested in the relationships between attention, perception and conscious experience and in the perception of material properties like glossiness, texture,
colour, and translucence. I study these areas using psychophysics, work with neuropsychological patients, and neuroimaging. I have regularly collaborated with philosophers interested in my work. As Assistant Director of the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture he is also collaborating with colleagues from Archaeology on visual factors affecting stylistic persistence in Palaeolithic rock art.

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Dr Alison Lane, BSc, MA, PhD

Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 40431
Room number: E017

(email at a.r.lane@durham.ac.uk)

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Dr Colin Lever

Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43260
Room number: L15

(email at colin.lever@durham.ac.uk)

Research Interests:

Spatial cognition, Episodic memory, Social cognition, Hippocampal formation, electrophysiological recording of ensembles of neurons and local field potentials.

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Dr Anthony McGregor

Associate Professor (Reader) in the Department of Psychology
Administrative Responsibilities: Director of Undergraduate Studies (anthony.mcgregor@durham.ac.uk), Department of Psychology

Contact Dr Anthony McGregor (email at anthony.mcgregor@durham.ac.uk)

Research Interests:

My research is concerned with the fundamental mechanisms underlying complex non-human animal cognition. In particular I am interested in the psychological processes involved in spatial learning and cognition. This interest has extended to understanding the brain and psychological mechanisms involved in human navigation.

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Dr Marko Nardini

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Associate Professor (Reader) in the Department of Psychology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43255
Room number: L71

(email at marko.nardini@durham.ac.uk)

Research Interests:

I study sensory and cognitive development using perceptual and visuomotor tasks, sometimes in immersive virtual reality. A major interest is understanding how perceptual-motor computations change during childhood by comparing performance and quantitative models

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Dr Maria Olkkonen

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Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43266
Room number: L79

Contact Dr Maria Olkkonen (email at maria.olkkonen@durham.ac.uk)

Research Interests:

Although perception seems immediate and effortless, our brain has to go to some trouble to construct a coherent representation of a complex three-dimensional world from an impoverished two-dimensional retinal image. My research aims to discover the computational and neural mechanisms of this reconstruction process using psychophysics, computational modelling, and brain imaging. I am particularly interested in the way the brain estimates the colour and material of objects from ambiguous sensory signals that confound information about objects and the surrounding illumination.

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Prof Claire O'Malley, BA PhD CPsychol AFBPsS

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Professor in the Department of Psychology

Dr Nadja Reissland, BSc. MA. DPhil (Oxon)

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Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology
Telephone: 43287, 43278 (lab)
Room number: L80
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43287

Contact Dr Nadja Reissland (email at n.n.reissland@durham.ac.uk)

Research Interests:

My work is at the forefront of the growing field of foetal psychology and focusses on fetial development in relation to maternal stress and depression and health behaviours. My pioneering research on foetal movements (see the Youtube video entitled Reissland “Your unborn baby and you”), has applications as an indicator of healthy in utero development as well as in terms of potential prenatal bonding of mother and father with their unborn child.

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Dr Deborah Riby, PhD Psychology

Associate Professor (Reader) in the Department of Psychology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43247
Room number: L60

(email at deborah.riby@durham.ac.uk)

Research Interests:

A developmental psychologist with expertise in typical and atypical development, especially Williams Syndrome and Autism. Director of the Centre for Developmental Disorders.

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Dr David Sanderson, BSc, PhD

Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43242
Room number: L10

Contact Dr David Sanderson (email at david.sanderson@durham.ac.uk)

Research Interests:

I am interested in learning and memory. Currently, I am examining the role of particular glutamate receptor subunits in learning that is sensitive to the temporal properties of events.

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Miss Natalia Stanulewicz

Teaching Fellow in the Department of Psychology

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Research Interests:

My research is focused on the personality and emotional mechanisms underlying pro-social behaviours. In particular, I am interested in the role of guilt and anger for pro-sociality, but also applying these emotions to public health.

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Dr Lore Thaler

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Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology

Contact Dr Lore Thaler (email at lore.thaler@durham.ac.uk)

Research Interests:

In my research I investigate how people use sound, in particular sound echoes, to get information about their environment. Importantly, in my lab we not only investigate human echolocation in its own right (i.e. how people do it, how it works, how it compares to certain types of animal echolocation, etc.), but we also use echolocation as a paradigm to understand general mechanisms of human neuroplasticity (i.e. how the human brain changes as people learn new skills, or how the brain changes in response to sensory deprivation, such as vision loss).

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Professor Graham Towl, RMN,BA, MSc, MBA, DSc, C.Psychol, FBPsS, FAcSS, FRSA, FRSM

Professor in the Department of Psychology

Contact Professor Graham Towl (email at graham.towl@durham.ac.uk)

Research Interests:

I have research interests in the areas of; prisoner suicide, sexual violence prevention, risk assessment and the evaluation of interventions to reduce the risk of reoffending.

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Dr Holger Wiese

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Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 40433
Room number: E007

Contact Dr Holger Wiese holger.wiese@durham.ac.uk

Research Interests:

I am interested in how we recognise faces. More specifically, I use EEG to find out how the brain can distinguish between familiar and unfamiliar faces, how we learn new faces, and how we perceive age, gender and ethnic background in faces.

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