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Christopher Hand

Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of Glasgow

Dr Chris Hand is an Applied Psychologist, currently working at the University of Glasgow. Chris was previously employed at Glasgow Caledonian University, where he was Programme Leader for the B.Sc. (Hons.) Applied Psychology degree.

Chris completed his MSc and PhD degrees at the University of Glasgow, and initially specialised in eye-movement research during reading, human-computer interaction and visual object processing. He currently teaches in modules covering research methods, applied psychology, biological and cognitive psychology.

Chris’s research interests mainly involve language processing, how we read “text-speak” and how we unscramble jumbled letters in misspelled words. Chris also has research interests relating to face processing (especially the role of distinctive features such as tattoos and scars), cyberpsychology (such as online impression formation, social networking and cyber-harassment, and emoji processing), and the role of psychology within the criminal justice system.


  • 2021–present
    Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of Glasgow
  • 2015–2021
    Lecturer in Psychology, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • 2013–2015
    Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of Bedfordshire
  • 2009–2013
    Lecturer in Psychology, University of Bedfordshire


  • 2012 
    University of Bedfordshire, Postgraduate Certificate of Academic Practice
  • 2010 
    University of Glasgow, PhD in Psychology
  • 2006 
    University of Glasgow, MSc in Psychological Research Methods (Distinction)
  • 2005 
    University of Glasgow, MA (Hons, SocSci) Psychology 1st Class


  • 2021
    Intimate partner stalking/pursuit: A pathophysiology of attachment style., International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology.
  • 2021
    Tweet valence, volume of abuse, and observers’ Dark Tetrad personality factors influence victim-blaming and the perceived severity of Twitter cyberabuse., Computers in Human Behavior Reports, 100056.
  • 2021
    Social isolation during COVID-19 lockdown impairs cognitive function., Applied Cognitive Psychology.
  • 2020
    Words from the wizarding world: Fictional words, context, and domain knowledge. , Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 46(11), 2179–2192.
  • 2020
    Changes in Diet, Sleep, and Physical Activity Are Associated with Differences in Negative Mood During COVID-19 Lockdown., Front. Psychol. 11:588604. https://doi.org10.3389/fpsyg.2020.588604
  • 2020
    A systematic review of gender stereotype beliefs and their relationship with youth sport participation and performance. , Sport & Exercise Psychology Review, 16(2), 39-60
  • 2020
    Emoji position in neutral narrative text: Eye movements and perceived emotional valence. , Computers in Human Behavior, 109, 106361.
  • 2019
    Celebrity abuse on Twitter: The impact of tweet valence, volume of abuse, and dark triad personality factors on victim blaming and perceptions of severity., Computers in Human Behavior.
  • 2019
    The frequency and source of online abuse impacts attribution of victim blame and perceptions of victim attractiveness., Computers in Human Behavior, 92, 119-127.
  • 2019
    Early EEG correlates of word frequency and contextual predictability in reading. , Language, Cognition and Neuroscience
  • 2018
    Testing the limits of contextual constraint: Interactions with frequency and parafoveal preview during fluent reading., Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 71(1), 302-313.
  • 2017
    Rape myth acceptance, victim blame attribution and Just World Beliefs: A rapid evidence assessment., Aggression and Violent Behavior, 37, 153-160.
  • 2016
    Motivation determines Facebook viewing strategy: An eye movement analysis. , Computers in Human Behavior, 56, 267-280.
  • 2016
    Exploring the measurement of markedness and its relationship with other linguistic variables. , PLoS One,
  • 2015
    Analgesic effects of self-chosen music type on cold pressor-induced pain: Motivating vs. relaxing music. , Psychology of Music, 44(5), 967-983.
  • 2014
    Processing inferences drawn from the logically equivalent frames half full and half empty. , Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 26(7). pp. 799-817.

Professional Memberships

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member, Experimental Psychology Society