Dr Douglas Martin

  Dr Douglas Martin The University of Aberdeen School of Psychology Dr Douglas Martin Senior Lecturer work +44 (0)1224 273647 http://personperceptionlab.org  pref School of Psychology William Guild Building Room F17 Kings College Old Aberdeen AB24 3FX

Senior Lecturer

Dr Douglas Martin

Contact Details

Telephone: +44 (0)1224 273647


Personal website: http://personperceptionlab.org 
Address: School of Psychology
William Guild Building
Room F17
Kings College
Old Aberdeen
AB24 3FX

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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 (http://www.personperceptionlab.org) to pursue our shared interests in how social cognition develops across the lifespan.

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Current Research

  • Person perception
  • Stereotype formation and application
  • Extracting social information from faces

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Research Grants

2011-2014: Formation of stereotypes through cumulative cultural transmission. ESRC First Grants Scheme. £162, 201.

2012-2013: Does unattended face information trigger switch costs when attending to other social categories? Experimental Psychology Society Small Grant, £2500.

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Teaching Responsibilities

  • Level 1: Social Psychology
  • Level 4: Cultural Evolution

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External Responsibilities

  • STEM ambassador
  • BPS higher education advocate

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Admin Responsibilities

  • Exams officer
  • Teaching advisory group
  • Postgraduate committee
  • Member of senate
  • CLSM Athena Swan team member

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Contributions to Journals


  • Martin, D., Hutchison, J., Slessor, G., Urquhart, J., Cunningham, SJ. & Smith, K. (2014). 'The spontaneous formation of stereotypes via cumulative cultural evolution'. Psychological Science, vol 25, no. 9, pp. 1777-1786.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1177/0956797614541129
    [Online] AURA: Martin_PS_inpress.pdf
  • Swainson, R. & Martin, D. (2013). 'Covert judgements are sufficient to trigger subsequent task-switching costs'. Psychological Research, vol 77, no. 4, pp. 434-448.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1007/s00426-012-0448-6
    [Online] AURA: Swainson_Martin_forPsychResRevision.docx
  • Wheeler, R., Allan, K., Tsivilis, D., Martin, D. & Gabbert, F. (2013). 'Explicit mentalizing mechanisms and their adaptive role in memory conformity'. PLoS ONE, vol 8, no. 4, e62106.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0062106
    [Online] AURA: Explicit_mentalizing.pdf
  • Allan, K., Martin, D. & Gabbert, F. (2012). 'Memory conformity and the perceived accuracy of self versus other'. Memory & Cognition, vol 40, no. 2, pp. 280-286.
    [Online] DOI: 10.3758/s13421-011-0141-9
  • Martin, D., Slessor, G., Allen, R., Phillips, LH. & Darling, S. (2012). 'Processing orientation and emotion recognition'. Emotion, vol 12, no. 1, -, pp. 39-43.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1037/a0024775
  • Wyer, NA., Martin, D., Pickup, T. & Macrae, CN. (2012). 'Individual Differences in (Non-Visual) Processing Style Predict the Face Inversion Effect'. Cognitive Science, vol 36, no. 2, -, pp. 373-384.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1111/j.1551-6709.2011.01224.x
  • Martin, D. & Greer, J. (2011). 'Getting to know you: From view-dependent to view-invariant repetition priming for unfamiliar faces'. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. A, Human Experimental Psychology, vol 64, no. 2, pp. 217-223.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1080/17470218.2010.541266
  • Martin, D. & Macrae, CN. (2010). 'Processing style and person recognition: Exploring the face inversion effect'. Visual Cognition, vol 18, no. 2, pp. 161-170.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1080/13506280902868793
  • Martin, D., Cairns, SA., Orme, E., DeBruine, L., Jones, BC. & Macrae, N. (2010). 'Form-Specific Repetition Priming for Unfamiliar Faces'. Experimental Psychology, vol 57, no. 5, pp. 338-345.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1027/1618-3169/a000040
  • Darling, S., Martin, D. & Macrae, CN. (2010). 'Categorical proactive interference effects occur for faces'. European Journal of Cognitive Psychology, vol 22, no. 7, pp. 1001-1009.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1080/09541440903162456
  • Darling, S., Martin, D., Hellmann, JH. & Memon, A. (2009). 'Some witnesses are better than others'. Personality and Individual Differences, vol 47, no. 4, pp. 369-373.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2009.04.010
  • Carey, DPM., Smith, D., Martin, D., Smith, G., Skriver, J., Rutland, A. & Shepherd, J. (2009). 'The bi-pedal ape: Plasticity and asymmetry in footedness'. Cortex, vol 45, no. 5, pp. 650-661.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.cortex.2008.05.011
  • van Leeuwen, ML., van Baaren, RB., Martin, D., Dijksterhuis, A. & Bekkering, H. (2009). 'Executive functioning and imitation: Increasing working memory load facilitates behavioural imitation'. Neuropsychologia, vol 47, no. 14, -, pp. 3265-3270.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2009.06.005
  • Brebner, JL., Martin, D. & Macrae, CN. (2009). 'Dude looks like a lady: Exploring the malleability of person categorization'. European Journal of Social Psychology, vol 39, no. 6, pp. 1109-1119.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.600
  • Martin, D., Nind, L. & Macrae, CN. (2009). 'Lateralized Repetition Priming for Unfamiliar Faces'. Experimental Psychology, vol 56, no. 3, pp. 147-155.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1027/1618-3169.56.3.147
    [Online] AURA: Martin_Experimental_Psychology_2009.pdf
  • Macrae, CN. & Martin, D. (2007). 'A boy primed Sue: feature-based processing and person construal'. European Journal of Social Psychology, vol 37, no. 5, pp. 793-805.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.406
  • Martin, D. & Macrae, CN. (2007). 'A face with a cue: exploring the inevitability of person categorization'. European Journal of Social Psychology, vol 37, no. 5, pp. 806-816.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.445

Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings


  • Hutchison, J. & Martin, D. (in press). 'The evolution of stereotypes'. in Evolutionary Perspectives on Social Psychology. Springer.
  • Martin, D. & Macrae, CN. (2010). 'The cognitive capitalist: Social benefits of perceptual economy'. in RB Adams, N Ambady, K Nakayama & S Shimojo (eds), The Science of Social Vision. Oxford University Press.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333176.003.0003

Entries for Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

  • Martin, D. & Macrae, CN. (2007). 'Social Cognition'. in RF Baumeister & KD Vohs (eds), Encyclopedia of Social Psychology. Sage Publications.

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