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Dr Sara Spotorno

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology



I graduated in Psychology at the University of Turin (Italy) and I studied for my Ph.D. in Psychology at both the University of Genoa (Italy) and Nice (France). I then worked for a few years in Italy as a Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist, and as an Associate Teaching Fellow, before pursuing again my academic path. After working as a postdoctoral researcher in France and in the UK, I took a lectureship in Psychology at Keele University in 2019 and I joined Durham University in September 2022. 

I am a Chartered Psychologist in Italy, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Vision Science Society.

Student supervision and research collaboration

I am always happy to discuss about ongoing research projects or new projects. Please drop me an email if you are interested to have a chat about working with me as a research assistant, research project student or Ph.D. student, or to discuss about potential collaborations.

Research interests

  • links between visual attention, perception and memory
  • real-world scene and object processing
  • eye movements
  • cerebral hemispheric functional specialisation
  • lifespan
  • healthy and clinical populations


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