I joined Swansea University in September 2013. Prior to this I was a Lecturer in Developmental Psychology at Bangor University. I specialise in child development from early social and cognitive development in babies through to late adolescence. My Ph.D. entitled "The determinants of imitation in infants and young children was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and was supervised by Prof Pauline Horne and Dr. Mihela Erjavec. In the last few years I have started to develop research in the areas of cognitive development during puberty, and the potential influences of video games on adolescents and adults (I currently hold a small BA/Leverhulme grant on this topic). I use many techniques to conduct my research, such as behavioural and observation studies, questionnaire designs and GSR, EEG, and eye-tracking.

I am the Director of the Swansea Playlab

Areas of Expertise

  • Early imitation
  • Infancy
  • Developmental psychology
  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Emotion regulation
  • Adolescence

Publications

  1. & Language and culture modulate online semantic processing. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
  2. & Reports of intimate touch: Erogenous zones and somatosensory cortical organization. Cortex 53, 146-154.
  3. & Bridging the gap between neuroscience and psychoanalysis. In A. Fotopoulou, D. Pfaff & M.A. Conway (Ed.), From the Couch to the Lab: Trends in Neuropsychoanalysis. (pp. 186-206). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  4. & Do infants show generalized imitation of gestures? II: The effects of skills training and multiple exemplar matching training. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior 91(3), 355-376.
  5. & The effects of modelling, local stimulus enhancement, and affordance demonstration on the production of object-directed actions in 6-month-old infants. British Journal of Developmental Psychology 27(2), 269-281.

Teaching

  • PSA112 Social & Developmental Psychology

    This module introduces students to the major theories and empirical issue in social and developmental psychology. The social psychology component of the module covers core topics such as: attitudes; attributions; conformity and obedience; person perception; interpersonal attraction; stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination. The developmental psychology component addresses issues such as: infancy and early social development, and theories of cognitive development in infancy and childhood.

  • PSY112 Social and Developmental Psychology

    This module introduces students to the major theories and empirical issues in social and developmental psychology. The social psychology component of the module covers core topics such as: attitudes; attributions; conformity and obedience; person perception; interpersonal attraction; stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination. The developmental psychology component addresses issues such as: infancy and early social development, and theories of cognitive development in infancy and childhood.

  • PSY212 Development Across the Lifespan

    The first half of the module will explore age related changes in cognitive and moral development from early infancy to late adolescence. It will also consider the other major changes that occur in adolescence including social, biological, and neurological changes and how this might impact on normative development in this sensitive period. The second half will deal with health ageing in comparison to age-related disorders such as mild cognitive impairment and dementia. These issues will be considered in terms of brain anatomy and function as well as the effect on the individual and society. Current methods in ageing and developmental research will also be discussed.

  • PSY302 Development Across the Lifespan

    The first half of the module will explore age related changes in cognitive and moral development from early infancy to late adolescence. It will also consider the other major changes that occur in adolescence including social, biological, and neurological changes and how this might impact on normative development in this sensitive period. The second half will deal with health ageing in comparison to age-related disorders such as mild cognitive impairment and dementia. These issues will be considered in terms of brain anatomy and function as well as the effect on the individual and society. Current methods in ageing and developmental research will also be discussed.

  • PSY320 Dissertation

    This optional module provides students with the opportunity to conduct an extended literature review to discover what is currently known about an interesting, but less well known, area of psychology that is not taught as part of the psychology curriculum in Level 5 or 6. Students work independently, guided by their dissertation supervisor, to research a topic of their choice. In recent years students have written dissertations about `political psychology¿, `positive psychology¿ `why people take part in extreme sports¿, `does cannabis use cause schizophrenia¿ and many other diverse lines of enquiry.

Supervision

  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Camilla Knight
  • Parenting in sport: Relationship quality, sporting development, and wellbeing. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Camilla Knight
  • What can psychophysiological factors tell us about the likelihood of future cognitive decline (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Stephen Johnston
    Other supervisor: Prof Andrea Tales
  • An investigation into the psychological needs of elite young athletes. (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Camilla Knight
  • 'The relationship between human performance on random interval and random ratio schedules of reinforcement, performance awareness and rule governed behaviour' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Phil Reed