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Dr Stephen Butler

Senior Lecturer


Personal statement

Background :

I joined the University in January 2007 following an MA and PhD at the University of Glasgow.


I am the director of the Strathclyde Oculomotor Lab.  My personal research interests are in cognitive neuroscience, in particular with regard to the dysfunctions in visual perception found in the syndrome of spatial neglect. My other research interests include neuropsychological aspects of eye movement control, perception and action, face processing, attentional and perceptual biases, and hemispheric laterality. Much of my research employs eyetracking technology, and I employ both an SR Research Eyelink 2 and an SR Research Eyelink 2000 in my lab.

Teaching responsibilities:

I teach on the following classes at undergraduate level:

  • C8105: Psychology 1A: Psychological disorders
  • C8106: Psychology 1B: Research Methods
  • C8201: Cognition & Neuropsychology  
  • C8203: Introduction to Research Design and Analysis
  • C8419, C8421, C8422 & C8424: Advanced Psychological Theory and Practice:Critical Review 1 & 2

At postgraduate level:

  • C8915: MRes in Research Methods in Psychology: Methods in Experimental Psychology module

In 2011 I was nominated for a Strathclyde Teaching Excellence award, and subsequently shortlisted for the 'Overall Best Teacher' award, since then I have been nominated for a Strathclyde Teaching Excellence awards in 2012, 13 & 14...thank you very much  Additionally, In 2011 I was awarded the PsyPag Outstanding Doctoral Supervisor Award.

University responsibilities and memberships:

Within the University, I am a steering group member of Census (Centre for Neuroscience at the University of Strathclyde), and a steering group member of the Stroke Research at Strathclyde group.

External responsibilities:

I have been an invited peer reviewer for the following journals: Neuroscience Letters; Experimental Psychology; Addiction Research and Theory; Cortex; Developmental Psychology; Experimental Brain Research; Journal of Vision; Perception; Perception and Psychophysics; Attention, Perception and Psychophysics; Vision Research; Visual Cognition; Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology; Perceptual and Motor Skills; Psychological Reports, Journal of Eye Movement Research, Laterality, PeerJ, Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities.



Eigenface algorithm-based facial expression recognition in conversations - an experimental study
Fei Zixiang, Yang Erfu, Li David, Butler Stephen, Ijomah Winifred, Mackin Neil
The 9th International Conference on Brain-Inspired Cognitive System​, pp. 1-10, (2018)
Detecting morphed passport photos : a training and individual differences approach
Robertson David J., Mungall Andrew, Watson Derrick G., Wade Kimberley A., Nightengale Sophie J., Butler Stephen
Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications Vol 3, (2018)
Socio-cognitive load and social anxiety in an emotional anti-saccade task
McKendrick Mel, Butler Stephen H., Grealy Madeleine A.
PLoS ONE Vol 13, (2018)
A survey of the state-of-the-art techniques for cognitive impairment detection in the elderly
Fei Zixiang, Yang Erfu, Li David, Butler Stephen, Ijomah Winifred, Mackin Neil
Advanced Computational Methods in Life System Modeling and Simulation - International Conference on Life System Modeling and Simulation, LSMS 2017 and International Conference on Intelligent Computing for Sustainable Energy and Environment, ICSEE 2017, ProceedingsCommunications in Computer and Information Science Vol 761, pp. 143-161, (2017)
Impaired peripheral reaching and on-line corrections in patient DF : optic ataxia with visual form agnosia
Rossit Stéphanie, Harvey Monika, Butler Stephen H., Szymanek Larissa, Morand Stéphanie, Monaco Simona, McIntosh Robert D.
Cortex, (2017)
The effect of self-referential expectation on emotional face processing
McKendrick Mel, Butler Stephen H., Grealy Madeleine A.
PLoS ONE, pp. 1-20, (2016)

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Professional activities

Invited talk presented to the Strathclyde Centre for Neuroscience (CENSUS)
Peer review of journal article submitted to Perception
Peer review of resubmission of 7/2010 journal article submitted to Developmental Psychology
Peer review of resubmission of 10/2010 journal article submitted to Cortex
Peer review of resubmission of 6/2010 journal article submitted to Experimental Brain Research
Peer review of journal article submitted to Cortex

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Butler, Stephen (Principal Investigator) Grealy, Madeleine (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2010 - 01-Nov-2013
Butler, Stephen (Principal Investigator) Anderson, Anthony (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2012 - 30-Sep-2015
Decision Support tool for Crew Fatigue Monitoring on Ships
Soraghan, John (Principal Investigator) Butler, Stephen (Co-investigator) Petropoulakis, Lykourgos (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Mar-2012 - 28-Feb-2013

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