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Dr Michael Burt

Associate Professor

Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology
Fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing


I am involved in the study of face perception from many different perspectives. Recently, I have become interested in the perception of facial expressions. I also work on hemispheric biases in face perception, the perception of different facial attributes (e.g. age, gender, health and attractiveness) and aspects of face perception related to evolutionary psychology.

Research interests

  • Evolutionary psychology
  • Facial expression recognition

Esteem Indicators

  • 2005: The 11th European Conference on Facial Expression: Organiser of the The 11th European Conference on Facial Expression in Durham 2005.
  • 2002: Symposium chair “The development of emotional facial expression perception” at the BPS Developmental Section Conference, University of Sussex.:
  • 2002: Invited talk: Perception of facial expressions: Burt, D. M. (2002). Perception of facial expressions: when is a face neutral? Invited talk presented to the Institute of Psychology, School of Medicine, Milan, Italy.
  • 2001: Burt, D. M., Frigerio, E., Montagne, B., Murray, L. K., & Perrett, D. I. (2001). Altered perception of dynamic facial expressions of emotion in alcoholism and depression.: Invited paper presented at a colloquium organised by Prof. Jacqueline Nadel at the Hopital de La Salpêtrière, Paris on behalf of the of the French Ministry of Research, Program for Cognitive Sciences.


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