I studied for my first degree in Psychology at the University of Nottingham and then stayed there to study for a PhD, part time, whilst working as a Research Assistant in Psychology. I moved to Stirling as a Research Fellow in 1995, and was offered a Lectureship here in 1998 and a Senior Lecturership in 2012.
My main interest is in face perception and, in particular, the influence that faces exert on the allocation of a viewer's visual attention. For example, research in which I have been involved has suggested that not only are faces able to capture a viewer's attention, but that social attention cues worn by these faces (gaze and head orientation) also produce shifts of a viewer's spatial attention which appear to be reflexive in nature.
I am also interested in eye-gaze perception and the development of this ability. I am a member of the Face and Devlopment of Communication research group and the Stirling Developmental Psychology Researchers Group.