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 a 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 people 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), which pursues our shared interests in how social cognition develops across the lifespan.
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.