Dr Constanze Hesse
Dr Constanze Hesse

Dr Constanze Hesse

Dipl.-Psych, Dr. rer. nat., FHEA

Senior Lecturer


School of Psychology William Guild Building Room T11 Kings College Old Aberdeen AB24 3FX

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships
  • MSc Psychological Studies Programme Coordinator
  • Member of the Education Committee
  • Member of Marketing Team
  • Elected Member of Senate
External Memberships
  • Associate Editor: British Journal of Psychology (since 2017)
  • Peer-reviewer for the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland

Research Overview

  • Neuroscience of perception and action
  • Reaching and Grasping in natural and virtual environments
  • Clinical neuropsychology
  • Attention & Motor Control
  • Multisensory Perception

Research Specialisms

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Neuroscience

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.

Funding and Grants

  • 2023-2026 Open-Research Area (ORA) (total funding ~£1m with £395,941 from ESRC to Aberdeen): "The need for unpleasant touch: Behavioural and physiological investigations into negative affective touch and how it can be used to shape interactions."
  • 2021-2025 ESRC: Research Grant (£598,392): " Adventures in mirror world: Uncovering the cognitive and sensory basis for natural behaviour in virtual reality."
  • 2018-2021 Leverhulme Trust: Research Grant (£200,344): "Handle with Care: Material Properties in Vision and Action Control" (PI; in collaboration with Prof Julie Harris)
  • 2014-2016 Carnegie Trust: Larger Collaborative Grant (£39,752): "Memory and motor performance: Studying human grasping movements" (PI; in collaboration with Dr Gavin Buckingham)
  • 2013-2015 RS Macdonald Charitable Trust (£17,950): funded project: "Residual visual-processing in hemianopia: The role of conscious vision in obstacle avoidance."
  • 2009-2012 Postdoctoral research fellowship from the "Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft" (DFG, ~€60,000): "Paralysed perception: Is the ventral stream involved in visuomotor control of hand movements"

Teaching Responsibilities


  • Level 3: Perception
  • Level 4/5: Current Topics in Psychology
  • Level 4: Neuropsychology of Vision & Action

Small Group teaching:

  • Level 3: Perception Tutorials
  • Level 3: Research practicals

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