Dr Stephanie Burnett Heyes

Dr Stephanie Burnett Heyes

School of Psychology
Lecturer and British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


2015-   Lecturer, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham

2012-2015   British Academy postdoctoral research fellow, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford

2010-2012   Postdoctoral research associate, Institute of Neurology, University College London

2005-2010   Wellcome 4-year PhD in neuroscience, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London


Adolescent social cognition and its neural correlates

Social behaviour changes during adolescence. Is this development underpinned by development in social cognitive abilities? How are these changes reflected in measures of brain activity?

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O'Donnell, C., Di Simplicio, M., Brown, R., Holmes, E.A., & Burnett Heyes, S. (2017). The role of mental imagery in mood amplification: An investigation across subclinical features of bipolar disorders. In press at Cortex. 

Voogd, L., de Hullu, E., Burnett Heyes, S., Blackwell, S. E., Wiers, R. W., & Saleminck, E. (2017). Imagine the bright side of life: a randomized controlled trial of two types of interpretation bias modification procedure targeting adolescent anxiety and depression. PLoS ONE 12(7): e0181147. 

Burnett Heyes, S., Pictet, A., Mitchell, H., Raeder, S. M., Lau, J. Y. F., Holmes, E. A., & Blackwell, S. E. (2017). Mental imagery-based training to modify mood and cognitive bias in adolescents: Effects of valence and perspective. Cognitive Therapy and Research 41(1), 73-88. 

Ji, J. L., Burnett Heyes, S., MacLeod, C., & Holmes, E. A. (2016). Emotional mental imagery as simulation of reality: Fear and beyond. Behavior Therapy 47, (5), 702-719.  

Burnett Heyes, S., Zokaei, N., & Husain, M. (2016). Longitudinal development of visual working memory precision in childhood and early adolescence. Cognitive Development 39: 36-44

Holmes, E. A., Blackwell, S., Burnett Heyes, S., Renner, F., & Raes, F. (2016). Mental imagery in depression: Phenomenology, potential mechanisms, and treatment implications. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 12: 249-280. 

Ng, R. M., Burnett Heyes, S., McManus, F., Kennerley, H., & Holmes, E. A. (2015). Bipolar risk and mental imagery susceptibility in a representative sample of Chinese adults residing in the community. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 62(2): 110-113.

Burnett Heyes, S., Rong-Jih, Y., Block, P., Hiu, C. F., Holmes, E. A. & Lau, J. Y. F. (2015). Relationship reciprocation modulates resource allocation in adolescent social networks: Developmental effects. Child Development, 86(5): 1489-1506. 

Zokaei, N., Burnett Heyes, S., Gorgoraptis, N., Budhdeo, S., & Husain, M. (2014). Working memory recall precision is a more sensitive index than span. Journal of Neuropsychology,doi: 10.1111/jnp.12052

Bonnelle, V., Veromann, K. R., Burnett Heyes, S., Lo Sterzo, E., Manohar, S., & Husain, M. (in press). Characterization of reward and effort mechanisms in apathy. Journal of Physiology-Paris

Klapwijk, E. T., Goddings, A. L., Burnett Heyes S., Bird G., Viner R. & Blakemore S. J. (2013). Increased functional connectivity with puberty within the mentalising network involved in social emotion processing. Hormones and Behavior, 64(2), 314-322.

Burnett Heyes, S., Lau, J. Y. F. & Holmes, E. A. (2013). Mental imagery, emotion and psychopathology across child and adolescent development. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 5, 119-133.

Pearson, D. G., Deeprose, C., Wallace-Hadrill, S. M. A., Burnett Heyes, S. & Holmes, E. A. (2013). Assessing mental imagery in clinical psychology: A review of imagery measures and a guiding framework. Clinical Psychology Review, 33(1): 1-23.

Goddings, A.-L., Burnett Heyes, S., Bird, G., Viner, R. M. & Blakemore, S.-J. (2012). The relationship between puberty and social emotion processing. Developmental Science, 15(6), 801-811.

Burnett Heyes, S., Adam, R. J., Urner, M., van der Leer, L., Bahrami, B., Bays, P. M. & Husain, M. (2012). Impulsivity and rapid decision-making for reward. Frontiers in Psychology,3(153).

Burnett Heyes, S., Zokaei, N., van der Staaij, I., Bays, P. M. & Husain, M. (2012). Development of visual working memory precision in childhood.Developmental Science, 4, 528-539.

Burnett, S., Sebastian, C., Cohen Kadosh, K & Blakemore, S. J. (2011). The social brain in adolescence: Evidence from functional magnetic brain imaging. Neuroscience and Biobehavioural Reviews, 35(8),1654-64.

Richardson, F. M., Ramsden, S., Ellis, C., Burnett, S., Megnin, O., Catmur, C., Schofield, T. M., Leff, A. P. & Price, C. J. (2011). Auditory short-term memory capacity correlates with grey matter density in the left posterior superior temporal sulcus in cognitively normal and dyslexic adults. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23(12), 3746-56.

Burnett, S., Thompson, S. S., Bird, G. & Blakemore, S. J. (2011). Pubertal development of the understanding of social emotions. Learning and Individual Differences, 21(6):681-689.

Burnett, S. & Husain, M. (2011). Cognitive neuroscience: Distinguishing self from other. Dispatch for Current Biology 21(5),R189-R190.

Jones, A. P., Happé, F. G. E., Gilbert, F., Burnett, S. & Viding, E. (2010). Feeling, caring, knowing: Different types of empathy deficit in boys with psychopathic tendencies and autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 51(11), 1188-1197.

Blakemore, S. J., Burnett, S. & Dahl, R. E. (2010). The role of puberty in the developing adolescent brain. Human Brain Mapping, 31(6),926-933.

Burnett, S., Bault, N., Coricelli, G. & Blakemore, S. J. (2010). Adolescents' heightened risk-seeking in a probabilistic gambling task. Cognitive Development, 25(2), 183-196.

Burnett, S. & Blakemore, S. J. (2009). Functional connectivity during a social emotion task in adolescents and in adults. European Journal of Neuroscience 29(6), 1294-1301.

Burnett, S., Bird, G., Moll, J., Frith, C. & Blakemore, S. J. (2009). Development during adolescence of the neural processing of social emotion. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 21(9), 1736-1750.

Burnett, S. & Blakemore, S. J. (2009). The development of adolescent social cognition. Annals of the New York Academy of Science, 1167,51-56.

Sebastian, C., Burnett, S. & Blakemore, S. J. (2008). Development of the self-concept during adolescence. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 12(11),441-446.

Solberg, L. C., Valdar, W., Gauguier, D., Nunez, G., Taylor, A., Burnett, S., Arbodelas-Hita, C., Hernandez-Pliego, P., Davidson, S., Burns, P., Bhattacharya, S., Hough, T., Higgs, D., Klenerman,, Klenerman, P., Cookson, W. O., Zhang, Y., Deacon, R. M., Rawlins, J. N., M,, Mott, R., Flint, J. (2006). A protocol for high-throughput phenotyping, suitable for quantitative trait analysis in mice. Mammalian Genome 17(2), 129-146.

Valdar, W., Solberg, L. C., Gauguier, D., Burnett, S., Klenerman, P., Cookson, W. O., Taylor, M. S., Rawlins, J. N., Mott, R., Flint, J. (2006). Genome-wide genetic association of complex traits in heterogeneous stock mice. Nature Genetics 38(8), 879-887. 

Book chapters and other non-peer reviewed publications

Burnett, S., Sebastian, C. & Cohen Kadosh, K. (2012). Brain development and the emergence of social function. In: Developmental social neuroscience and childhood brain insult: Implications for theory and practice. Anderson, V. & Beauchamp, M. (Ed.). Guildford, NY.

Burnett, S., Sebastian, C. & Blakemore, S. J. (2012). The social brain in adolescence. Encyclopedia of Adolescence. Levesque, R. J. R. (Ed.). Springer, NY.

Burnett, S., Sebastian C. & Blakemore S. J. (2009). Understanding the changing adolescent brain. Beyond Current Horizons programme, Futurelab.

Sebastian, C., Burnett, S. & Blakemore, S. (2009). The neuroscience of social cognition in teenagers: Implications for inclusion in society. Foresight Mental Capital and Mental Wellbeing, Office of Science and Innovation.

Burnett, S. (2009). «L'intelligence sociale des adolescents». La Recherche.