I joined the University of Strathclyde in 2003 and am currently a Teaching Fellow in the School of Psychological Sciences and Health. My background is in vision science and this is reflected in my teaching and research. I contribute to teaching at all levels of the undergraduate curriculum in classes such as Psychobiology, Cognition and Cognition & Neuropsychology.
I am the academic advisor for incoming and outgoing psychology exchange students. I am also the class leader for the Erasmus International Work Placement class. This class was developed to provide psychology students with the opportunity to work with a research team in one of five partner European universities during the summer months. I have been the HaSS Link Tutor for the newly created International Study Centre since 2014.
My main teaching interest relates to my background in vision science: visual perception and the visual system. I use this knowledge of the visual system to teach undergraduate students how information is processed from eye through to brain, indicating how and when these processes sometimes fail. As well as the mechanics of the visual system, I enjoy teaching visual perception, in large part because it is so relatable. A large part of my teaching also focusses on the practical application of psychological knowledge in an experimental context. I provide practical laboratory sessions where students are able to gain hands-on experience of psychology experiments. It is important that students are provided with opportunities to formally write-up the research they have conducted and, to facilitate this, I provide guidance on data analysis and report writing.
My research interests centre on visual perception and include categorical perception and the perception of emotional expression.
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