Dr. Irene Reppa obtained a D.Phil. from Bangor University, where she held a Research Officer position for 2 years, before taking an Assistant Professor post in the Department of Psychology at Swansea University.
Irene’s research interests and publications fall into four broad categories: Object Recognition (with a focus on representation of shape and surface properties), Object-based Attention and Memory (with a focus on inhibitory mechanisms), Perception and Action (with a focus on how the potential to find out information about an object can automatically guide our actions), and Aesthetic Appeal and Performance, with a focus on the interaction between aesthetic design and usability in improving performance with interfaces.
Irene’s work on how visual aesthetic appeal can influence performance has featured on the media, having been picked up by the BBC, among others.
Irene’s work has been supported by Unilever and SR-Research (Ltd.) and she has held grants from the Economic and Social Research Council, The Leverhulme Trust, and the Wales Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience.