Topics, Methods, and Approaches

The buttons below will direct you to researchers working on a range topics, and using many specialist methods and approaches. Explore their biographies to find out more about what they do. 

Reasoning  |  Social Cognition  |  Language  |  Cognitive Control  |  Action  | Perception  | Memory

Reasoning

Professor Ian Apperly

Professor Ian Apperly

Professor of cognition and development
Director of the Centre for Developmental Science

Ian Apperly is an experimental psychologist, and his main research interest is in “mindreading” – the ability to take other people’s perspectives for communication, co-operation, competition or deception. He is the author of over 80 journal articles, and the 2010 book, entitled “Mindreaders: The cognitive basis of theory of mind”.

Telephone
0121 414 3339
Email
i.a.apperly@bham.ac.uk

Professor Sarah Beck

Professor Sarah Beck

Professor of Cognitive Development

Sarah Beck - Research in 60 seconds video

Sarah's research examines how we think imaginatively about the real world. She is especially interested in how children become able to speculate about what might have been (counterfactual thinking) and how they think creatively to solve novel problems, particularly those involving tools. She takes a developmental approach, focusing on how children’s imaginative thinking changes and what ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 44902
Email
s.r.beck@bham.ac.uk

Professor Matthew Broome

Professor Matthew Broome

Professor of Psychiatry and Youth Mental Health
Director of the Institute for Mental Health

Youth Mental Health - Birmingham HeroesMatthew is an academic psychiatrist and Director of the Institute for Mental Health at the University.  He is a leader in the field of early psychosis and in the philosophy and ethics of mental health.

Telephone
01214147197
Email
m.r.broome@bham.ac.uk

Dr Jon Catling

Dr Jon Catling

Associate Professor
Deputy Director of UG Studies
Student Enhancement & Outreach

Dr Jon Catling is an Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Psychology, and is an expert in research design and analysis.  His research interests cover three main areas:  Language acquisition, especially the impact of the ‘Age of Acquisition’ of language; Resilience and the relationship between mental health, faith and academic attainment in young people; and the ...

Email
j.c.catling@bham.ac.uk

Dr Andrea Krott

Dr Andrea Krott

Reader in Psychology of Language
Deputy Head of School

Andrea Krott studies the psychology of human language. Her early research investigated how we store and represent language rules and words in our minds and how children acquire those rules and words. More recently, she has investigated language as an ability that interacts with other cognitive abilities. She is interested in how general cognitive abilities such as attention and cognitive ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 4903
Email
a.krott@bham.ac.uk

Social Cognition

Professor Ian Apperly

Professor Ian Apperly

Professor of cognition and development
Director of the Centre for Developmental Science

Ian Apperly is an experimental psychologist, and his main research interest is in “mindreading” – the ability to take other people’s perspectives for communication, co-operation, competition or deception. He is the author of over 80 journal articles, and the 2010 book, entitled “Mindreaders: The cognitive basis of theory of mind”.

Telephone
0121 414 3339
Email
i.a.apperly@bham.ac.uk

Professor Matthew Broome

Professor Matthew Broome

Professor of Psychiatry and Youth Mental Health
Director of the Institute for Mental Health

Youth Mental Health - Birmingham HeroesMatthew is an academic psychiatrist and Director of the Institute for Mental Health at the University.  He is a leader in the field of early psychosis and in the philosophy and ethics of mental health.

Telephone
01214147197
Email
m.r.broome@bham.ac.uk

Dr Stephanie Burnett Heyes

Dr Stephanie Burnett Heyes

Assistant Professor

Dr Stephanie Burnett Heyes is a developmental psychologist with expertise in adolescent and young adult social cognition, emotion, decision-making and mental health/wellbeing. 

Email
s.burnettheyes@bham.ac.uk

Dr Jennifer Cook

Dr Jennifer Cook

Senior Research Fellow

Dr Cook’s work investigates action and social cognition in typically developed adults and those with autism spectrum conditions.

With respect to action Dr Cook and her colleagues have shown that autistic adults move with subtly different kinematics compared to typical controls (Cook, Blakemore and Press, 2013, Brain). Such atypical kinematics can impact on the perception, ...

Telephone
0121 414 7218
Email
j.l.cook@bham.ac.uk

Dr Rory T. Devine

Dr Rory T. Devine

Assistant Professor in Developmental Psychology
Senior Admissions Tutor

Dr Rory T. Devine is a developmental psychologist with expertise in children’s social and cognitive development, longitudinal research methods and psychometrics. His research focuses on individual differences in ‘higher-order’ cognitive skills from infancy to adulthood. His work seeks to understand: (1) why children differ from one another in their ability to reason about ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 3340
Email
r.t.devine@bham.ac.uk

Dr Fay Julal Cnossen

Dr Fay Julal Cnossen

Associate Professor in Psychology
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Dr Fay Julal Cnossen is a psychologist interested in attachment and caregiving experiences in emerging adulthood and support-seeking (within relationships and in academic settings). In 2018 Fay was awarded the HEFi Award for Educational Enhancement and Innovation for her use of infant simulators in teaching undergraduate developmental psychology students.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 4935
Email
f.s.julal@bham.ac.uk

Dr Andrea Krott

Dr Andrea Krott

Reader in Psychology of Language
Deputy Head of School

Andrea Krott studies the psychology of human language. Her early research investigated how we store and represent language rules and words in our minds and how children acquire those rules and words. More recently, she has investigated language as an ability that interacts with other cognitive abilities. She is interested in how general cognitive abilities such as attention and cognitive ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 4903
Email
a.krott@bham.ac.uk

Dr Patricia Lockwood

Dr Patricia Lockwood

Senior Research Fellow

Dr. Patricia Lockwood is a cognitive and social neuroscientist. She is head of the Social Decision Neuroscience Lab. Her work focuses on the neurocognitive foundations of social learning and decision-making across the lifespan and in psychiatric and neurological disorders.

Email
p.l.lockwood@bham.ac.uk

Dr Caroline Richards

Dr Caroline Richards

Associate Professor
Deputy Head of Education

The aim of Dr Richards’ research is to reduce negative clinical outcomes for individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders. Her work with children with autism and children with rare genetic syndromes has thus far focused on reducing self-injury, improving sleep disorders and understanding the impact of premature birth. Her research uses experimental, epidemiological, single case and ...

Telephone
0121 4158098
Email
c.r.richards@bham.ac.uk

Dr Sophie Sowden

Dr Sophie Sowden

Assistant Professor in Psychology

Dr Sophie Sowden is an experimental psychologist and director of the U21 Autism Research Network. She is interested in social cognition across the lifespan as well as in a range of clinical conditions including autism, conduct disorder and Parkinson’s Disease, and takes a cross-cultural approach to her research.

Telephone
0121 678 1000
Email
s.l.sowden@bham.ac.uk

Dr Andrew Surtees

Dr Andrew Surtees

Assistant Professor in Psychology

Dr Andrew Surtees is an expert in social cognition, autism and mental health.  He combines cutting-edge research on social understanding in typical and atypical populations with practice as a Clinical Psychologist.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 4934
Email
a.surtees@bham.ac.uk

Dr Kate Woodcock

Dr Kate Woodcock

Reader in Applied Clinical Psychology
Lead of People and Culture for the School of Psychology

Dr Kate Woodcock’s research interests can be summarised as aiming to investigate and explain human behaviour by considering multiple potential influences at different levels of explanation. For example, people’s genes, their brain structure, their brain functioning, cognitive, physiological and emotional functioning can all affect people’s behaviour both individually and in an ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 6036
Email
k.a.woodcock@bham.ac.uk

Language

Dr Jon Catling

Dr Jon Catling

Associate Professor
Deputy Director of UG Studies
Student Enhancement & Outreach

Dr Jon Catling is an Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Psychology, and is an expert in research design and analysis.  His research interests cover three main areas:  Language acquisition, especially the impact of the ‘Age of Acquisition’ of language; Resilience and the relationship between mental health, faith and academic attainment in young people; and the ...

Email
j.c.catling@bham.ac.uk

Dr Andrea Krott

Dr Andrea Krott

Reader in Psychology of Language
Deputy Head of School

Andrea Krott studies the psychology of human language. Her early research investigated how we store and represent language rules and words in our minds and how children acquire those rules and words. More recently, she has investigated language as an ability that interacts with other cognitive abilities. She is interested in how general cognitive abilities such as attention and cognitive ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 4903
Email
a.krott@bham.ac.uk

Dr Ali Mazaheri

Dr Ali Mazaheri

Associate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Programme lead for BSc Psychology

Dr Mazaheri is an expert on the role of oscillations in cognition and behaviour. His research focuses on the neural interactions underlying different facets of  cognitive control in both the healthy and clinical populations.

Email
a.mazaheri@bham.ac.uk

Dr Andrew Olson

Dr Andrew Olson

Associate Professor
Director of PGT Programmes

Andrew Olson is a neuropsychologist who is interested in cognition and its various forms of breakdown and especially in the organization of language in the brain. He works with patient volunteers with aphasia, children, healthy adults and members of the deaf community.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 3328
Email
a.l.o.olson@bham.ac.uk

Dr Katrien Segaert

Dr Katrien Segaert

Associate Professor

Dr. Katrien Segaert's research focuses on the neurobiology of language processing, with a special focus on how sentence-level processes and interactive communication are supported by the brain. She also studies how the neurobiological infrastructure of language processing changes throughout the lifespan and researches lifestyle factors (such as regular physical exercise) that can ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 7760
Email
k.segaert@bham.ac.uk

Cognitive Control  

Professor Ian Apperly

Professor Ian Apperly

Professor of cognition and development
Director of the Centre for Developmental Science

Ian Apperly is an experimental psychologist, and his main research interest is in “mindreading” – the ability to take other people’s perspectives for communication, co-operation, competition or deception. He is the author of over 80 journal articles, and the 2010 book, entitled “Mindreaders: The cognitive basis of theory of mind”.

Telephone
0121 414 3339
Email
i.a.apperly@bham.ac.uk

Dr Matthew Apps

Dr Matthew Apps

Senior Research Fellow (≈Associate Professor) / BBSRC David Phillips Fellow

Dr. Apps is a leading expert in the computational, cognitive and neural basis of motivation and social behaviour. More info about the labs work can be found here: www.MSN-lab.com

Email
m.a.j.apps@bham.ac.uk

Professor Sarah Beck

Professor Sarah Beck

Professor of Cognitive Development

Sarah Beck - Research in 60 seconds video

Sarah's research examines how we think imaginatively about the real world. She is especially interested in how children become able to speculate about what might have been (counterfactual thinking) and how they think creatively to solve novel problems, particularly those involving tools. She takes a developmental approach, focusing on how children’s imaginative thinking changes and what ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 44902
Email
s.r.beck@bham.ac.uk

Professor Andrew J. Bremner

Professor Andrew J. Bremner

Professor of Developmental Psychology
Head of Education

Professor Andy Bremner is a developmental psychologist with expertise in multisensory perceptual development and the development of touch perception. He has particularly focused on examining how infants come to perceive their own bodies and their relation to the external world around them.

Telephone
+44 (0) 121 41 43833
Email
a.j.bremner@bham.ac.uk

Professor Matthew Broome

Professor Matthew Broome

Professor of Psychiatry and Youth Mental Health
Director of the Institute for Mental Health

Youth Mental Health - Birmingham HeroesMatthew is an academic psychiatrist and Director of the Institute for Mental Health at the University.  He is a leader in the field of early psychosis and in the philosophy and ethics of mental health.

Telephone
01214147197
Email
m.r.broome@bham.ac.uk

Dr Jon Catling

Dr Jon Catling

Associate Professor
Deputy Director of UG Studies
Student Enhancement & Outreach

Dr Jon Catling is an Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Psychology, and is an expert in research design and analysis.  His research interests cover three main areas:  Language acquisition, especially the impact of the ‘Age of Acquisition’ of language; Resilience and the relationship between mental health, faith and academic attainment in young people; and the ...

Email
j.c.catling@bham.ac.uk

Dr Magda Chechlacz

Dr Magda Chechlacz

Assistant Professor in Cognition and Ageing

Dr Chechlacz is broadly interested in understanding how variability in the neurochemical, structural and functional organisation of the brain affect cognitive functions and relates to individual differences in human behaviour and in susceptibility to cognitive ageing and mental health problems. Her work combines cognitive assessment of attentional functions with spherical deconvolution ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 2852
Email
m.chechlacz.1@bham.ac.uk

Dr Rory T. Devine

Dr Rory T. Devine

Assistant Professor in Developmental Psychology
Senior Admissions Tutor

Dr Rory T. Devine is a developmental psychologist with expertise in children’s social and cognitive development, longitudinal research methods and psychometrics. His research focuses on individual differences in ‘higher-order’ cognitive skills from infancy to adulthood. His work seeks to understand: (1) why children differ from one another in their ability to reason about ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 3340
Email
r.t.devine@bham.ac.uk

Dr Andrea Krott

Dr Andrea Krott

Reader in Psychology of Language
Deputy Head of School

Andrea Krott studies the psychology of human language. Her early research investigated how we store and represent language rules and words in our minds and how children acquire those rules and words. More recently, she has investigated language as an ability that interacts with other cognitive abilities. She is interested in how general cognitive abilities such as attention and cognitive ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 4903
Email
a.krott@bham.ac.uk

Dr Ali Mazaheri

Dr Ali Mazaheri

Associate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Programme lead for BSc Psychology

Dr Mazaheri is an expert on the role of oscillations in cognition and behaviour. His research focuses on the neural interactions underlying different facets of  cognitive control in both the healthy and clinical populations.

Email
a.mazaheri@bham.ac.uk

Dr Carmel Mevorach

Dr Carmel Mevorach

Associate Professor in Cognitive Neuroscience
International Lead

Dr Carmel Mevorach is a cognitive neuroscientist focusing on mechanisms of top-down attention control, which lie at the heart of various cognitive functions. His research also aims to unravel how individual factors (such as autistic traits or normal aging) mediate mechanisms of attention, including on the neural level.

Website: https://mevorach-lab.weebly.com/

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 44910
Email
c.mevorach@bham.ac.uk

Dr Andrew Olson

Dr Andrew Olson

Associate Professor
Director of PGT Programmes

Andrew Olson is a neuropsychologist who is interested in cognition and its various forms of breakdown and especially in the organization of language in the brain. He works with patient volunteers with aphasia, children, healthy adults and members of the deaf community.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 3328
Email
a.l.o.olson@bham.ac.uk

Professor Jane E. Raymond

Professor Jane E. Raymond

Emeritus Professor of Visual Cognition

Professor Raymond is a visual perception/cognition specialist with a wide range of interests in how humans use and respond to complex visual information. She led the seminal work on the “Attentional Blink”, a finding that launched intensive interest in labs around the world on how selective attention operates over time. Her work has included studies on visual attention across time and ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 4912
Email
j.raymond@bham.ac.uk

Dr Caroline Richards

Dr Caroline Richards

Associate Professor
Deputy Head of Education

The aim of Dr Richards’ research is to reduce negative clinical outcomes for individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders. Her work with children with autism and children with rare genetic syndromes has thus far focused on reducing self-injury, improving sleep disorders and understanding the impact of premature birth. Her research uses experimental, epidemiological, single case and ...

Telephone
0121 4158098
Email
c.r.richards@bham.ac.uk

Dr Katrien Segaert

Dr Katrien Segaert

Associate Professor

Dr. Katrien Segaert's research focuses on the neurobiology of language processing, with a special focus on how sentence-level processes and interactive communication are supported by the brain. She also studies how the neurobiological infrastructure of language processing changes throughout the lifespan and researches lifestyle factors (such as regular physical exercise) that can ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 7760
Email
k.segaert@bham.ac.uk

Professor Kim Shapiro

Professor Kim Shapiro

Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience

Professor Shapiro in collaboration with other colleagues published the first paper on the ‘attentional blink’ phenomenon. His current research interests continue in attention, particularly as it interacts with short- and long- term memory. He maintains an active lab that includes postdocs, doctoral and masters students, and undergraduate research assistants. In addition to basic ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 4930
Email
k.l.shapiro@bham.ac.uk

Dr Sophie Sowden

Dr Sophie Sowden

Assistant Professor in Psychology

Dr Sophie Sowden is an experimental psychologist and director of the U21 Autism Research Network. She is interested in social cognition across the lifespan as well as in a range of clinical conditions including autism, conduct disorder and Parkinson’s Disease, and takes a cross-cultural approach to her research.

Telephone
0121 678 1000
Email
s.l.sowden@bham.ac.uk

Dr Kate Woodcock

Dr Kate Woodcock

Reader in Applied Clinical Psychology
Lead of People and Culture for the School of Psychology

Dr Kate Woodcock’s research interests can be summarised as aiming to investigate and explain human behaviour by considering multiple potential influences at different levels of explanation. For example, people’s genes, their brain structure, their brain functioning, cognitive, physiological and emotional functioning can all affect people’s behaviour both individually and in an ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 6036
Email
k.a.woodcock@bham.ac.uk

Action

Professor Andrew J. Bremner

Professor Andrew J. Bremner

Professor of Developmental Psychology
Head of Education

Professor Andy Bremner is a developmental psychologist with expertise in multisensory perceptual development and the development of touch perception. He has particularly focused on examining how infants come to perceive their own bodies and their relation to the external world around them.

Telephone
+44 (0) 121 41 43833
Email
a.j.bremner@bham.ac.uk

Dr Jennifer Cook

Dr Jennifer Cook

Senior Research Fellow

Dr Cook’s work investigates action and social cognition in typically developed adults and those with autism spectrum conditions.

With respect to action Dr Cook and her colleagues have shown that autistic adults move with subtly different kinematics compared to typical controls (Cook, Blakemore and Press, 2013, Brain). Such atypical kinematics can impact on the perception, ...

Telephone
0121 414 7218
Email
j.l.cook@bham.ac.uk

Dr Andrew Olson

Dr Andrew Olson

Associate Professor
Director of PGT Programmes

Andrew Olson is a neuropsychologist who is interested in cognition and its various forms of breakdown and especially in the organization of language in the brain. He works with patient volunteers with aphasia, children, healthy adults and members of the deaf community.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 3328
Email
a.l.o.olson@bham.ac.uk

Dr Caroline Richards

Dr Caroline Richards

Associate Professor
Deputy Head of Education

The aim of Dr Richards’ research is to reduce negative clinical outcomes for individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders. Her work with children with autism and children with rare genetic syndromes has thus far focused on reducing self-injury, improving sleep disorders and understanding the impact of premature birth. Her research uses experimental, epidemiological, single case and ...

Telephone
0121 4158098
Email
c.r.richards@bham.ac.uk

Perception

Professor Andrew J. Bremner

Professor Andrew J. Bremner

Professor of Developmental Psychology
Head of Education

Professor Andy Bremner is a developmental psychologist with expertise in multisensory perceptual development and the development of touch perception. He has particularly focused on examining how infants come to perceive their own bodies and their relation to the external world around them.

Telephone
+44 (0) 121 41 43833
Email
a.j.bremner@bham.ac.uk

Dr Carmel Mevorach

Dr Carmel Mevorach

Associate Professor in Cognitive Neuroscience
International Lead

Dr Carmel Mevorach is a cognitive neuroscientist focusing on mechanisms of top-down attention control, which lie at the heart of various cognitive functions. His research also aims to unravel how individual factors (such as autistic traits or normal aging) mediate mechanisms of attention, including on the neural level.

Website: https://mevorach-lab.weebly.com/

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 44910
Email
c.mevorach@bham.ac.uk

Dr Andrew Olson

Dr Andrew Olson

Associate Professor
Director of PGT Programmes

Andrew Olson is a neuropsychologist who is interested in cognition and its various forms of breakdown and especially in the organization of language in the brain. He works with patient volunteers with aphasia, children, healthy adults and members of the deaf community.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 3328
Email
a.l.o.olson@bham.ac.uk

Memory