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I am interested in the consequences of brain damage on specific cognitive functions (cognitive neuropsychology) – in particular, disorders of reading (dyslexia), speech production (aphasia), memory (amnesia) and face processing (prosopagnosia). In each case the work seeks to better illuminate the processing components of these specific functions in the normal population.

I am the Co-Director of the Psychology Dementia Research Group (founded by Professor Andrea Tales) and Co-founder of the Face Research Swansea (FaReS) lab. As well as being a Registered Chartered Psychologist (C. Psychol.), Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS), member of the Health Professionals Council and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

If you are interested in face research and would like to learn more or even take part in experiments - then visit the Face Research Swansea (FaReS) website.

Areas of Expertise

  • Cognitive neuropsychology
  • Face processing (prosopagnosia)
  • Reading (dyslexia)
  • Speech production (aphasia)
  • Memory (amnesia)
  • Language
  • Brain damage


  1. Bate, S., Bennetts, R., Tree, J., Adams, A., Murray, E. The domain-specificity of face matching impairments in 40 cases of developmental prosopagnosia Cognition 192 104031
  2. Bate, ., Bennetts, ., Gregory, ., Tree, ., Murray, ., Adams, ., Bobak, ., Penton, ., Yang, ., Banissy, ., Tree, J. Objective Patterns of Face Recognition Deficits in 165 Adults with Self-Reported Developmental Prosopagnosia Brain Sciences 9 6 133
  3. Playfoot, D., Billington, J., Tree, J. Reading and visual word recognition ability in semantic dementia is not predicted by semantic performance Neuropsychologia 111 292 306
  4. Jones, A., Tree, J., Ward, R. Personality in faces: Implicit associations between appearance and personality European Journal of Social Psychology 49 3 658 669
  5. Burns, E., Tree, J., Chan, A., Xu, H. Bilingualism shapes the other race effect Vision Research

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  • PS-M50 Neuropsychology

    Cognitive neuropsychology is a key field that marries together the fields of cognitive psychology and clinical neuropsychology. It involves the utilisation of cognitive models of normal function to understand the cognitive impairments seen in brain damaged populations - with the aims of both achieving a detailed understanding of the presentation profile of a case study and targeting appropriate intervention for the case in question. Students will learn about the functional anatomy of the human cerebral cortex and how such information links to the primary methods of cognitive neuropsychology. Students will also be introduced to key clinically based theories underpinning our understanding of neuropsychological syndromes such as aphasia and amnesia ┬┐ an understanding the drives the rehabilitation methodologies available for brain damaged populations, and the means by which appropriate interventions can be selected.


  • Making With Meaning: How can people with Traumatic Brain Injury be taught to develop accessibility tools? (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Stephen Lindsay
  • Judging a book by its cover - involuntary responses to facial cues as an indicator of personality type across developmentally impaired populations (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr John Towler
    Other supervisor: Dr Alex Jones
  • A Neuropsychological Assessment of Bilingualism, Cognitive Reserve and Subjective Cognitive Complaints (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Cristina Izura
  • Measuring the Reading and Reading Comprehension of Children with Autism who are Nonverbal. (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Phil Reed
  • Variations in facial aging profile and efficacy of a self-administered device. (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Alex Jones
  • TBA following discussion with student (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Andrew Kemp
  • A co-productive approach to develop personalised assistive technology for chronic health conditions. (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Andrew Kemp
  • Rembering disasters: Between individual and collective memory (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Rebecca Clifford
  • Group-based Positive Psychotherapy for People Living with Acquired Brain Injury: A Feasibility Study. (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Andrew Kemp
  • How does bilingualism affect cognitive function? (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr David Playfoot
    Other supervisor: Dr Claire Williams
    Other supervisor: Mr Steven Morris
  • Development of the Stigma and Self-Stigma Scale (SASS) as a measure of mental health attitudes in the workplace. (awarded 2020)

    Other supervisor: Prof Nicola Gray
  • IPad based and Computer Investigation of Visual Attention-related Function in Vascular Cognitive Impairment (awarded 2019)

    Other supervisor: Dr Megan Crawford
    Other supervisor: Dr Sarah Hillcoat-Nalletamby
    Other supervisor: Prof Andrea Tales
  • 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: Dr Jodie Davies-Thompson
    Other supervisor: Mr Steven Morris
  • Understanding Age of Acquisition (AoA) effects in morphological processing (awarded 2019)

    Other supervisor: Dr Cristina Izura
  • Information processing speed in Ageing: Is it task dependent? (awarded 2018)

    Other supervisor: Dr Cristina Izura
    Other supervisor: Dr Megan Crawford
    Other supervisor: Prof Andrea Tales
  • 'Analysis of phonological abilities and responsiveness to intervention of reading delayed and dyslexic children aged 11 to 14 yrs.' (awarded 2017)

    Other supervisor: Prof Phil Reed

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Programme Director, Swansea University - MSc Abnormal & Clinical Psychology

    2010 - Present

  • REF Lead, Unit of Assessment 4 - Department of Psychology

    2016 - Present

External Responsibilities

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2001 2008 Research Fellow University of Exeter

Key Grants and Projects

  • Characterising Subjective Cognitive Impairment 2017 - 2019

    with Prof. Andrea Tales (BRACE)

  • Mapping the nature of nonword reading errors in phonological dyslexia 2016 - 2018

    Principal Investigator (British Academy)

  • The nature of language impairment in dementia focusing specifically on Welsh speakers 2015 - 2018

    Principal Investigator (Welsh National College/Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol)

  • Moving beyond the monosyllable in models of skilled reading 2013 - 2016

    (Leverhulme Trust)

  • Profiling the mental lexicon: Psycholinguistic phenotyping of lexical retrieval preferences through an analysis of word association behaviour 2010 - 2012

    with Dr. Cris Izura (ESRC)

  • Testing for dissociations between static and dynamic face matching and recognition in normal and abnormal face processing 2007 - 2009