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.
I do research on and teach about social cognition, stereotypes, and cultural evolution. Much my research falls into two broad areas: 1. Extracting social category information from faces; 2. The formation, evolution, and influence of stereotypes. I co-lead the Person Perception Lab (http://www.personperceptionlab.org).
I am dedicated to trying to improve equality and diversity in psychology, Higher Education, and society more generally, and am currently a member of the British Psychological Society's equality, diversity, and inclusion strategy board. I am also passionate about disseminating academic research beyond the traditional confines of academe and from 2018-22 was a trustee of the Aberdeenshire Philosophy Café. I regularly do public engagement on the influence of social bias.
Memberships and Affiliations
- Internal Memberships
- Head of School
- Chair of School Executive
- Member of University Management Group
- Member of Digital Strategy Committee
- Member of Sustainability Committee
- Member of Senate
- External Memberships
- Member of the British Psychological Society's EDI strategy board
- Member of the British Psychological Society's Social Psychology Section committee
- Co-editor of Social Psychology Review
- External examiner at Cardiff University (undergraduate)
- External examiner at the University of Dundee (taught postgraduate)
Prizes and Awards
- AUSA and University of Aberdeen Excellence Award "Most Inspiring" (2023)
- College of Life Sciences and Medicine Teaching Excellence Award (2013)
I am an experimental social psychologist who examines social cognition - the way the brain processes information about people.
Much of my research examines social bias and in particular the influence stereotypes exert on thoughts, behaviour, and society (particularly gender stereotypes).
Some of my research examines the way people process from faces.
In collaboration with colleagues in linguistics, some of my research examines cultural evolution (the way information changes as is passes from person to person).
In collaboration with colleagues in computing science, some of my research examines the effects of social bias in AI (both how social bias transfers from humans to machines and how bias transfers from machines to humans).
I am currently accepting PhDs in Psychology.
Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.
- Social bias
- Person perception
- Gender stereotypes
- Extracting social information from faces
- Cultural evolution
Funding and Grants
2022-2025: Opening the black box: helping AI to persuade without bias. Allan, K., Leontidis, G., Martin, D. & Sripada, G. ESRC PhD Studentship, £47,100.
2020: An investigation of the role of statistical learning in children’s stereotype formation. Martin, D. & Jeppsson, H. Carnegie undergraduate vacation scholarship, £3,000.
2017-2020: Establishing how intergroup bias influences the formation and evolution of stereotypes. ESRC Research Grants Scheme, £294, 894.
2018-2019: Establishing how episodic memories of individual encounters with other people support the formation of semantic knowledge for social categories. Martin, D. EPS Small Grants Scheme, £3500.
2012-2013: Does unattended face information trigger switch costs when attending to other social categories? Martin, D. EPS Small Grants Scheme, £2500.
2011-2014: Formation of stereotypes through cumulative cultural transmission. Martin, D. ESRC First Grants Scheme, £162, 201.
- Level 1: Social Psychology (PS1009)
- MSc and On-Demand: The Psychology of Social Bias (PS5036 & PS5536)
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