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Dr Susanne Schweizer

Sir Henry Wellcome Fellow

At the Developmental Affective Science Lab we study the role of cognitive, social and affective processes in the development and maintenance of common mental health problems across the lifespan, with a particular focus on adolescence.

We are interested in finding out how these processes all work together. For example, does cognitive capacity influence other processes such as emotion regulation? And how? What does this look like in the brain and how does it change as we get older? 

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Professor Branka Spehar


Research Areas: Visual perception, Attention.

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Professor Marcus Taft


Research Areas: Lexical processes in reading: Orthography, phonology, and morphology. Orthographic influences in speech comprehension. Bilingualism. Reading Chinese, Japanese and Korean. The relationship between lexical and episodic memory.

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Professor Lenny R. Vartanian


Research Areas: Psychology of eating and weight, including body image, self-regulation, social influences, and weight bias and discrimination.

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Scientia Professor Fred Westbrook

Scientia Professor

Research Areas: Behavioural and neural investigations of elementary learning processes.

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Dr David White

Scientia Fellow (Senior Lecturer)

Research areas: Face recognition, person perception, perceptual expertise, individual differences.

Forensic Psychology Lab

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Professor Thomas Whitford

Research Areas:  sensory attenuation ('self-suppression'); inner speech; schizophrenia; schizotypy
My research is primarily focused on the following research topics, which I investigate with the aid of various neurophysiological (e.g., EEG, ERPs), neuroimaging (e.g., Diffusion-Tensor Imaging, Magnetic Resonance Imaging) and psychophysics-based techniques:
Sensory attenuation (‘self-suppression’): the phenomenon that self-generated sensations feel less salient, and evoke a smaller

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Dr Karen Whittingham


Research Areas: Organisational Psychology: Leadership Development, Executive Coaching, Innovation, Creativity and Skill Development, EI, Onboarding 

Neuroscience: Synesthesia
General: Attention and Absorption, Personality

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Dr Lisa A. Williams

Senior Lecturer

Research Areas: The influence of social emotions (e.g., pride, gratitude) in intrapersonal domains (goal pursuit, resilience, wellbeing), interpersonal domains (trust, negotiation, leadership), and intergroup domains (status, attitudes, intergroup aggression).

The processes by which expressions of emotion signal traits of the expresser (e.g., gratitude expressions signal interpersonal warmth, pride signals competence) and how inferences of these traits in turn drive interpersonal behavior.

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