Dr Douglas Martin

Dr Douglas Martin

Senior Lecturer

Dr Douglas Martin
Dr Douglas Martin

Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen School of Psychology William Guild Building Room F17 Kings College Old Aberdeen AB24 3FX


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. However, much of my work is now devoted to examining the social and cognitive factors that lead to the formation of stereotypes. My research is currently funded by grants from the ESRC (2017-2020) and the Experimental Psychology Society (2018-19).

I run the Person Peception Lab (http://www.personperceptionlab.org).

Internal Memberships and Affiliations

  • Chair of School Equality and Diversity team
  • School Athena SWAN lead
  • School Gender Action Plan lead
  • Undergraduate recruitment coordinator
  • Member of the School Marketing team
  • Member of the School Communications team
  • Member of University Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team
  • Member of the University Gender Action Plan team
  • Member of the University Reward Strategy Working Group

Current Research

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

Research Funding and Grants

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. EPS Small Grants Scheme, £3500.

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? EPS Small Grants Scheme, £2500.


Teaching Responsibilities

  • Level 1: Social Psychology
  • Level 2: Social Development


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  • Executive functioning and imitation: Increasing working memory load facilitates behavioural imitation

    van Leeuwen, M. L., van Baaren, R. B., Martin, D., Dijksterhuis, A., Bekkering, H.

    Neuropsychologia, vol. 47, no. 14, pp. 3265-3270

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Dude looks like a lady: Exploring the malleability of person categorization

    Brebner, J. L., Martin, D., Macrae, C. N.

    European Journal of Social Psychology, vol. 39, no. 6, pp. 1109-1119

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Some witnesses are better than others

    Darling, S., Martin, D., Hellmann, J. H., Memon, A.

    Personality and Individual Differences, vol. 47, no. 4, pp. 369-373

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • The bi-pedal ape: Plasticity and asymmetry in footedness

    Carey, D. P. M., Smith, D., Martin, D., Smith, G., Skriver, J., Rutland, A., Shepherd, J.

    Cortex, vol. 45, no. 5, pp. 650-661

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Social Cognition

    Martin, D., Macrae, C. N.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Entries for Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

  • A boy primed Sue: feature-based processing and person construal

    Macrae, C. N., Martin, D.

    European Journal of Social Psychology, vol. 37, no. 5, pp. 793-805

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • A face with a cue: exploring the inevitability of person categorization

    Martin, D., Macrae, C. N.

    European Journal of Social Psychology, vol. 37, no. 5, pp. 806-816

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

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