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Durham University



Dr Paddy Ross, MA, MSc, PhD

Teaching Fellow in the Department of Psychology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43279
Room number: L65

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Academic Interests

My main research focus is understanding how we perceive social signals. Primarily I'm interested in emotion recognition from the body, hands and voice.

My current projects involve emotion recognition from the hands, investigating the ability of children and adults to recognise emotion from the human body, exploring auditory emotional dominance in children, and the differences in explaining moral outrage for oneself and others.

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


Journal Article

Newspaper/Magazine Article

  • Steinmark, E (2013). The Pubertal Dip. Glasgow Insight into Science and Technology (2).

Research Groups

International Collaboration

  • Dr Marie-Helene Grosbras, Aix-Marseille University
  • Professor Beatrice de Gelder, Maastricht University

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