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.


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Exploring the perspectives of healthcare professionals concerning the use and utility of the hospital gown to develop theoretically informed behaviour change interventions
Cogan N, Morton L, Georgiadis E, Butler SH, Fleck VJ, Johnstone J
Public Health Open Access Vol 8, pp. 1-11 (2024)
Social media use : attitudes, ‘detox’, and craving in typical and frequent users
Robertson David J, Malin Johanna, Martin Sophie, Butler Stephen H, John Bev, Graff Martin, Flowers Paul, Jones Benedict C
Technology, Mind, and Behavior (2023)
When patients wear backless gowns, they take on the "sick role" and become dependent' : exploring the perspectives of healthcare professionals
Cogan Nicola, Morton Liza, Johnstone Johannah, Fleck Victoria, Butler Stephen, Emmanouil (Manos) Georgiadis
Social media 'addiction' : the absence of an attentional bias to social media stimuli
Thomson K, Hunter S C, Butler S H, Robertson D J
Journal of Behavioral Addictions Vol 10, pp. 302-313 (2021)
Why your social media habit is probably not an addiction – new research
Robertson David James, Hunter Simon, Butler Stephen
Deep convolution network based emotion analysis towards mental health care
Fei Zixiang, Yang Erfu, Li David Day Uei, Butler Stephen, Ijomah Winifred, Li Xia, Zhou Huiyu
Neurocomputing Vol 388, pp. 212-227 (2020)

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Professional Activities

Social media addiction?: An attentional bias approach

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Butler, Stephen (Principal Investigator) Anderson, Tony (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2012 - 30-Jan-2015
Decision Support tool for Crew Fatigue Monitoring on Ships
Soraghan, John (Principal Investigator) Butler, Stephen (Co-investigator) Petropoulakis, Lykourgos (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2012 - 28-Jan-2013

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Dr Stephen Butler
Senior Lecturer

Email: stephen.butler@strath.ac.uk
Tel: 548 3159