About Us

The Cognition & Perception group at Swansea conducts research in cognitive development, visual perception, memory, and language. We use both overt behaviour methods, such as response speed and accuracy, and eye-movements, psychophysics, as well as brain imaging methods, including fMRI and EEG. Our research also uses brain stimulation techniques (including TMS and tDCS) to study and modulate brain processes.

The overarching goal of our research is the understanding of the cognitive abilities that underlie human behaviour, developmentally and in the face of neural breakdown.

Our research in Cognitive Development examines the development of cognitive abilities from young children to older adults, and their impairment as a result of aging, dementia, or brain trauma.

In the area of Visual Perception we examine the cognitive and emotional processing of everyday stimuli, including faces, objects, and words and factors that influence perception, such as attention, context and inhibitory processes.

Our work in the area of Memory is concerned with informing our understanding of memory successes and failures in laboratory and applied contexts, and with formulating mathematical models to formalise that understanding.

In the area of Language the team investigates the cognitive process that support reading and single word recognition and naming in monolingual and bilingual speakers with or without language deficits.

Meet the Team

Dr Cristina Izura

Word production and recognition processes in monolingual and bilingual speakers.

Dr Stephen Johnston

Object recognition, attention and emotion processing.

Dr Victoria Lovett

Early cognitive development, object-directed play, imitation, emotion recognition.

Dr Irene Reppa

Object recognition; object-based attention; aesthetic appeal and performance; memory for objects and actions; object affordance.

Dr Andrea Tales

Mild cognitive impairment; ageing; dementia; vision; attention.

Dr Jeremy Tree

Neuropsychology, aphasia, amnesia, prosopagnosia, stroke, dementia.

Dr Christoph T. Weidemann

Context effects in perception and memory; computational models of cognitive processes.

 For further information please contact: Dr Irene Reppa