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Senior lecturer, School of Psychology, University of Aberdeen

I am an experimental social psychologist who is primarily interested in social cognition. I received both an MA (2000) and PhD (2005) in Psychology from the University of Aberdeen. Following my PhD, I worked as post-doc in Aberdeen for a further 3-years, before lecturing at Northumbria University for a year in 2008/09. I re-joined the School of Psychology in Aberdeen as a lecturer in the summer of 2009.

Much of my published research examines how we extract social category information from faces. I am increasingly interested in the social and cognitive factors that lead to the formation of cultural stereotypes. In 2010, I received an award under the ESRC First Grants scheme (now the Future Research Leaders scheme), to examine whether stereotypes form and change through a process of cumulative cultural evolution.

Along with my collaborators, Dr Sheila Cunningham (University of Abertay) and Dr Gillian Slessor (University of Aberdeen), I run the Person Peception Lab ( to pursue our shared interests in how social cognition develops across the lifespan.


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    Senior lecturer, School of Psychology , University of Aberdeen