Professor Ben Tatler

Professor Ben Tatler
Professor Ben Tatler
Professor Ben Tatler

Chair in Psychology, Dean for People, Culture & Environment

Accepting PhDs

Email Address
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+44 (0)1224 273930
Office Address

School of Psychology
William Guild Building
King's College
Aberdeen AB24 3FX

Office S11

School of Psychology
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I obtained my undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences (Biological) at the University of Cambridge in 1998 and my DPhil in Neuroscience at the University of Sussex in 2002. After obtaining my PhD I worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Sussex before moving to the University of Dundee in 2004, where I held the positions of Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader. I have been a Professor of Psychology at the University of Aberdeen since 2015.


  • MA Natural Sciences (Biological) 
    1998 - University of Cambridge 
  • DPhil Neuroscience and Psychology 
    2002 - University of Sussex 

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

Director of Research for Psychology

School Research Committee (Chair)

School impact group

Research Steering Group (Psychology)

School Executive

External Memberships

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Chartered member of the British Psychology Society

Member of the Experimental Psychology Society

Member of the Applied Vision Association

Member of the Psychonomic Society

Emeritus member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland

Latest Publications

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Research Overview

Many of our everyday behaviours require visual input to guide them. My research focuses on two key questions that we must address to understand how vision supports natural behaviour: (1) where we look and (2) what we encode and retain from the objects we look at. A particular emphasis within this work is the importance of studying vision in the context of natural behaviour in real environments, rather than exclusively in laboratory settings. My research has contributed to our theoretical understanding of the factors that underlie decisions about where to look in complex scenes and to our theoretical understanding of the representations that underlie natural vision.

I apply these research interests to a range of real-world problems including hazard perception in driving, CCTV surveillance, and how comics can be used for conveying public health information.

Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in Psychology.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.

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Accepting PhDs

Research Specialisms

  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Research Methods in Psychology

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.


My current supervision areas are: Psychology.


Funding and Grants

Recent funding:

Tatler, B. W. & Murray, C. (2021-2024). Comics vs. Covid: informing and evaluating the design of public health information comics SGSSS [PhD studentship]

Chu, M. & Tatler, B. W. (2020-2021). Giving cognition a helping hand: how gesture facilitates spatial thinking. The Leverhulme Trust. Awarded: £118,822

Phillips, L., Tatler, B. W., & Henry, J. (2017-2020). Adult aging and social attention: the role of cognitive decline and social motivation. ESRC. Awarded: £625,615


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