Dr Catherine Thompson

My research focuses on visual cognition and I am interested in how observers allocate their attention effectively, and what factors influence selection. This includes limits in the control of attention, the influence of emotion on attention and search, and environmental factors on cognitive performance. 

My most recent projects study the persistence of attentional settings between tasks (and how this may impact on safety in automated driving), the influence of urban and nature environments on cognitive processing, and the effects of environmental stressors on decision-making. I have gained funding from the ESRC, the BPS, the EPS, and The British Academy. I am currently leading the Visual Cognition research group at the University of Salford, and I am Chair of the North West Visual Cognition group (https://northwestvisualcog.wixsite.com/nwvc). 

Postgraduate Research Supervision Interests

Topic areas of interest for supervision include:  

Cognitive Psychology, in particular the areas of visual attention and search. 

Cognitive enhancement. 

The impact of environmental settings on cognitive performance (e.g. decision-making). 

Find out more about my work

Open Access: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/view/authors/31133.html

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7967-7019

Keywords

Attentional control, executive function, Eye-tracking, cognitive enhancement, driving psychology