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Professor in the Department of Psychology+44 (0) 191 33 40436
Director of Research in the Department of Psychology
Fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing+44 (0) 191 33 40436


Research Interests

My research examines the interaction between the motor system, specifically the oculomotor system, and cognitive processes such as attention, working memory and motivation. My goal is to understand how activity in the motor system helps resolve competition between different representations in the visual system. I also try to apply these findings to developing news ways to understand and rehabilitate neuropsycholigcal disorders such as Hemianopia, Neglect and Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP). I use a variety of techniques, including neuropsychological studies of people with neurological impairments, lab-based studies with healthy participants, eye-tracking and neurostimulation (TMS / TDCS). I am also interested in motivation, in particular the effect of goals on persistence in athletes. You can follow my progress on twitter @AttentionLab.

Research interests

  • Attention & Memory in Progressive Supranuclear Palsy
  • Neurorehabilitation of visual field defects
  • Visual attention
  • Oculomotor control
  • Goals and motivation in sport

Esteem Indicators

  • 2023: Visual cognition and oculomotor control in neurodegenerative diseases: Symposium at FESN 2023 Organiser: Prof Daniel T. Smith Speakers: Dr Luca Wollenberg (Ludwig Maximilian University, Germany) Dr Alexis Cheviet (Durham University, UK) Prof Trevor Crawford (Lancaster University, UK) Prof Chrystalina Antoniades (Oxford University, UK)
  • 2022: BPS NWVC: What can cognitive neuropsychology tell us about the role of the oculomotor system in covert attention?
  • 2021: Action Editor MDPI Vision: MDPI Vision
  • 2020: External Examiner, School of Psychology, University of Stirling: BSc Psychology
  • 2020: Guest editor for 'Cortex': Special Issue on Cognitive and Motor Processes in Visuospatial Attention with Dr Soazig Casteau, Prof Stefan van der Stigchel and Prof Thomas Schenk
  • 2019: Cognitive and Motor Processes in Spatial Attention: As part of our Open Research Area grant “Control of Attention by the Motor System: A Motor Bias Theory of Attention” we (Dan & Soazig) hosted a workshop exploring interactions between attention, working memory and motor control at the Department of Psychology, Durham University.
  • 2019: Are cognitive processes embodied in the motor system (PSYPAG, Sheffield Hallam): Keynote address at PSYPAG 2019 in Sheffield Hallam University
  • 2018: External Examiner, School of Psychology, Bangor University : MSc Clinical & Health Psychology and MSc Prinicples of Clinical Neuropsychology
  • 2017: Workshop on Reflexive Attentional Shift' (Sheffield University):
  • 2016: Conference on Oculomotor Readiness & Covert Attention: I organised and hosted a two day workshop for 60 delegates in Durham, sponsored by Experimental Psychology Society.
  • 2015: BPS William Inman Prize: BPS William Inman Prize for our paper on neurorehabilitation of hemianopia
  • 2015: External Examiner, Dept. of Psychology, Abertay University: BSc Psychology
  • 2014: ESRC peer review college:


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