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Department of Psychology


Dr Dorothy Cowie, BA, DPhil

Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43270
Room number: L76

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About me

I obtained my undergraduate degree in 2003, and PhD in 2007, both from the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford. My PhD thesis, supervised by Prof Oliver Braddick, examined the development of visual guidance in locomotion. As a Postdoctoral Fellow at UCL (2007-10), I examined locomotor control in Parkinson’s disease. In 2010 I became a Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer in Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London, where I worked with Dr Andy Bremner on the development of own-body representation. Since moving to Durham as Assistant Professor (2013-), I continue to examine the development of visuomotor control and own-body perception. My work is funded by the UK Economic & Social Research Council.

Lab members include:

  • R Mowbray, ESRC NEDTC-funded PhD place from 2017
  • S Keenaghan, ESRC NEDTC-funded PhD place from 2018
  • M Polaskova, Durham University Laidlaw Scholar 2017-18

I am currently hiring for two full-time positions:

(1) A 3-year Postdoctoral Fellow, to work on my ESRC-funded project "The Development of Own-body Representation in Childhood". Please see here for further details, or contact me for more information.

(2) An 18-month Research Assistant to work on both my ESRC-funded project "The Development of Own-body Representation in Childhood" and on Dr Marko Nardini's ESRC-funded project "Learning Cue Combination". Please see here for further details, or contact me or Dr Nardini for more information.

Research Groups

Selected Publications

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Selected Grants

  • 2017: ESRC: The Development of Own-Body Representation in Childhood, £508,000 FEC
  • 2014: Durham University Seedcorn Fund, Neural control of human walking in real environments, £16,269