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Staff research areas

Professor Jacqueline Barnes: Community in relation to children and families; evaluation of childhood interventions; the impact of family illness upon child development.

Dr Belinda Brooks-Gordon: Forensic psychology. Perspectives on individual and group therapy. Therapeutic programmes in a forensic context. Sexuality, sex work, and sexual offending.

Professor Richard Cooper: Executive processes and their interactions; Cognitive modelling, especially of executive processes, processes of action selection, and cognitive dysfunction following neural damage; Cognitive architectures; Methodology of cognitive modelling; Philosophy of Cognitive Science.

Dr Eddy J. Davelaar: Dynamic Memory and Cognition, cognitive control; cognitive aging; information foraging; computational modeling.

Professor Nazanin Derakhshan: Cognitive biases in anxiety; Emotional information processing in anxiety and repressive-defensiveness; Attentional control in anxiety and defensiveness. Methodologies: Electrophysiological measures (ERPs); Eye-movements.

Dr Fred Dick: Language acquisition and development, language impairments, auditory development, cross-linguistic studies of aphasia, development of expertise. Methodologies: MRI, fMRI, lesion analysis, patient studies, timed behavioural measures.

Dr Roz Dixon: School bullying, child mental health in developing countries, providing access into education for adults

Dr Iroise Dumontheil: Social and executive functions in adulthood and their development during adolescence. NB Dr Dumontheil will not supervise MSc/MA students in the academic year 2016-17 (maternity leave).

Dr Virginia Eatough: Emotional experience, adult crying, applying qualitative methodologies to the experience of living with chronic degenerative disorders, interpretative phenomenological analysis.

Professor Martin Eimer: Cognitive psychophysiology, using event-related brain potentials and behavioural measures to study selective attention, perceptual-motor interactions, and higher order visual processing. NB Professor Eimer will be on sabbatical for the academic year 2016-17.

Dr Gillian Forrester: Comparative Cognition, Evolution and Development of Social and Communication Abilities, Developmental Trajectories, Developmental Disorders, Motor Development and Language, Evolution of Tool Use and Language, Cerebral Lateralisation and Motor Laterality.

Professor Ulrike Hahn: Argumentation, Judgment and Decision Making, Similarity, Concepts and Concept acquisition, Language and Language acquisition.

Professor Mark Johnson: Visual perception and cognition in infants; functional brain development; developmental disorders.

Dr Natasha Kirkham: I am interested in how infants and children learn. Specifically, I am interested in what guides attention and supports learning from infancy into early childhood. Increasingly, I am more and more interested in how learning occurs in naturalistic settings, amidst all the noise and distraction of real-life environments.

Professor Matthew Longo: My research investigates the mental representation of our body and how this shapes perception, including space perception, pain and touch.

Professor Denis Mareschal (Deputy Head of Department): Developmental psychology and connectionist modelling, especially perceptual categorisation, object processing; the development of reasoning in childhood.

Dr Emma Meaburn: My research incorporates molecular genetic, transcriptomic and epigenomic approaches to investigate the genetic and environmental basis of behaviour and cognition in childhood and adolescence.

Professor Edward C. Melhuish: Family, pre-school and child care experience and child development. Relationship of cognitive and social development.

Dr Anne Miles: Cancer screening; Public understanding of cancer

Professor Hermann Müller: Mechanisms of visuo-spatial orienting, visual search and attentional selection, and the role of temporal factors in figural grouping (temporal binding).

Professor Mike Oaksford (Head of Department): Bayesian or rational models of human reasoning and argumentation, including data selection, conditional inference, syllogistic reasoning, causal reasoning, "fallacies" of argumentation and the effect of experienced and anticipated emotion on reasoning.

Dr Clare Press: I investigate how we control our own actions and imitate and process others' actions. I address these questions both in typical development and in individuals with autism spectrum conditions. NB Dr Press will not supervise MSc/MA students in the academic year 2016-17 (maternity leave).

Professor Anne Richards: Cognition and emotion; effects of emotion on ambiguity resolution; emotional influences on processing emotional facial expressions; automatic and strategic influences in the interpretation of ambiguity; attention and emotion; emotions and hemispheric representations; childhood anxiety.

Dr Alex Shepherd: Visual perception: Colour vision; low light vision; visual and attentional processing in migraine.

Professor Jonathan A. Smith: Application of qualitative methodologies in social, health and clinical psychology; interpretative phenomenological analysis; psycho-social aspects of the new genetics; life transitions, self and identity.

Dr Marie Smith: Visual information processing in networks of brain regions during high-level cognitive tasks. I have a specific interest in face and facial emotion processing and therefore focus on the brain networks underlying these processes.

Dr Tim Smith: Visual Cognition in the context of naturalistic visual scenes

Dr Fiona Tasker: Developmental Psychology: family processes and structure, especially post-divorce and non-traditional families; adolescence; attachment theory; sexual identity.

Dr Adam Taylor Tierney: I am interested in the functional and structural characteristics of the human auditory and motor systems which provide the foundation for human abilities such as language and music. In particular, I am interested in rhythm, or temporal patterns in music and language.

Professor Michael Thomas: Language and cognitive development. Developmental disorders. Cognitive variability. Language in Williams syndrome. Bilingualism. Metaphor comprehension. Brain and language. Connectionist modelling. Use of computational modelling in theory development. Cognitive genetics.