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Dr Paddy Ross

Associate Professor

MA (Hons), MSc, PhD, FHEA

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Associate Professor in the Department of PsychologyL60+44 (0) 191 33 43279


Academic Interests

My main research focus is understanding how children perceive social signals. Primarily I'm interested in exploring the development of emotion recognition from the body, hands and voice using behavioural experiments, fMRI and point-light displays.

My current projects involve exploring the phenomenon of auditory emotional dominance in children (where children can't ignore what they hear), how individuals with autism spectrum disorder recognise emotions from the hands, and investigating the brain areas involved when children and adults recognise emotions from the human body.

Away from developmental work I'm part of an interdisciplinary team working with the Shared Services Forum UK on the 'Digital Voice' project, investigating how the rise of communication technologies during the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted on employee's voice and well-being.

I'm also a co-founder of the Wearable Ideologies (WE-ID) project, an international interdisciplinary research network exploring the ideologies of language on worn objects.

Research interests

  • Auditory dominance in children
  • Importance of the hands in emotion recognition
  • Typical developmental trajectories of emotion recognition
  • Emotion recognition from the body and voice
  • fMRI in children and adolescents

Research groups

Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Psychology: Emotion Recognition


Journal Article

Newspaper/Magazine Article

  • Ross,P (2022). Why you could have ‘face-ism’ – an extreme tendency to judge people based on their facial features. The Conversation
  • Manning, J (2021). Why bad moods spread more easily than good moods – and how children read emotions. National Geographic
  • Ross, P (2021). Why your kids know when you’re trying to put on a brave face. The Conversation
  • Ansell, A (2021). Kids Recognize Emotion By What They Hear, Not What They See, Study Shows.
  • Fadelli, I (2021). Children prioritize what they hear over what they see when gauging emotional aspects of their experience. Medical Xpress
  • Steinmark, E (2013). The Pubertal Dip. Glasgow Insight into Science and Technology (2).

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