Dr Jodie Davies-Thompson
Lecturer in Psychology
Telephone: (01792) 513542
Room: Office - 825 (8)
Eighth Floor
Vivian Building
Singleton Campus

I have a general interest in all aspects of vision and neural plasticity. However, I am particularly interested in the effects that brain injury or congenital dysfunctions have on visual processing and brain organisation. My three main areas of interest are: 1) face recognition, multisensory integration of faces and voices, and the neural correlates of these processes; 2) rehabilitation of prosopagnosia – specifically, ways in which perceptual learning can be applied to improve face recognition abilities in prosopagnosia (face-blindness), as well as the structural and functional changes that occur as a result of these behavioural improvements; 3) cross-modal plasticity (vision, touch, sound) in the blind and d/Deaf. I use a range of techniques, including behavioural and psychophysical studies, fMRI, fMR-adaptation, multi-voxel pattern analysis (MVPA), dynamic causal modeling (DCM), psycho-physiological interactions (PPI), diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), and volumetric brain morphometry (VBM). Always happy to hear from students or postdocs who are interested in working in these areas.

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Areas of Expertise

  • face recognition
  • face processing
  • prosopagnosia
  • fMRI
  • visual plasticity
  • deafness
  • blindness


  1. Davies-Thompson, J., Elli, G., Rezk, M., Benetti, S., Ackeren, M., Collignon, O. Hierarchical Brain Network for Face and Voice Integration of Emotion Expression Cerebral Cortex 29 9 3590 3605
  2. Lawrence, R., Wiggins, I., Anderson, C., Davies-Thompson, J., Hartley, D. Cortical correlates of speech intelligibility measured using functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) Hearing Research 370 53 64
  3. Davies-Thompson, J., Gouws, A., Andrews, T. An image-dependent representation of familiar and unfamiliar faces in the human ventral stream Neuropsychologia 47 6 1627 1635
  4. Andrews, T., Davies-Thompson, J., Kingstone, A., Young, A., Davies-Thompson, J. Internal and External Features of the Face Are Represented Holistically in Face-Selective Regions of Visual Cortex Journal of Neuroscience 30 9 3544 3552
  5. Davies-Thompson, J., Andrews, T. Intra- and interhemispheric connectivity between face-selective regions in the human brain Journal of Neurophysiology 108 11 3087 3095

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  • PS-M70 Experimental Design III: Neuroimaging

    Neuroimaging techniques provide the means to measure brain activity and brain structure, and have therefore received much attention in cognitive and clinical domains. The module provides a comprehensive overview of the use of such methodology as part of cognitive neuroscience research. Topics covered during the module include: rationale for the use of neuroimaging and effective experimental design, distinctions between the various techniques and the inferences each method enables us to make, practical considerations when running neuroimaging research, and analysis of the results. This module further builds upon previous modules Experimental Design I and II.

  • PSY211 Cognition II: Higher Level Processes

    The module provides an in depth look at the cognitive processes underlying important higher level functions such as language, thinking, problem solving, reasoning and making decisions. The module will start covering a series of topics within perception and attention such as visual perception, biological motion, auditory perception, chemical senses, touch and proprioception, multisensory experiences, attentional mechanisms, and attention in driving. This will be followed by the most important and hotly debated issues in psycholinguistics, including how children acquire language, how language is processed in the adult mind with particular emphasis on reading, spelling dyslexia and bilingualism. The last part of the module will deal with the way in which humans make judgments, reach decisions and resolve problems and puzzles by examining the research evidence and exploring the classical and current theories.

  • PSY319 Final Year Independent Research Project

    Students conduct an independent research project under the supervision of a member of staff. The research topic is decided in conjunction with supervisors and Research topics. Students must obtain ethical approval, design, conduct, analyse and write up a piece of research in order to achieve Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

  • PSY325 Independent Research Project - Joint Honours

    Students conduct an independent research project under the supervision of a member of staff. Students must obtain ethical approval, design, conduct, analyse and write up a piece of research in order to achieve Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society.


  • Training face and emotion perception in developmental prosopagnosia and alexithymia through perceptual learning (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr John Towler
  • An empirical investigation into Welsh-English bilingualism as a factor of cognitive reserve, and its potential as a preventative treatment against age related dementia. (awarded 2019)

    Other supervisor: Mr Steven Morris
    Other supervisor: Prof Jeremy Tree

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2016 2018 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow University of Nottingham, UK
2014 2016 Postdoctoral Fellow University of Trento, Italy
2010 2014 Postdoctoral Fellow University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Key Grants and Projects

  • Cross-modal plasticity in congenital and acquired deaf individuals 2015

    , with Dr Olivier Collignon (Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium), Dr Doug Hartley (Nottingham), Marie Sklodowska-Curie H2020, NIHR Nottingham BRC Innovation funding initiative

Research Groups

  • (FaReS)

    Face Research Swansea