MEET THE TEAM

Dr Catherine Thompson
Visual Cognition Research Group Lead
I am a cognitive psychologist with particular expertise in top-down visual attention. I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology at the
University of Lincoln, and a MSc in Psychological Research Methods, my PhD, and an ESRC-funded post-doc at the University of Nottingham. I have worked as a lecturer at the University of Salford since 2010 and I am
privileged to be the current lead of the Visual Cognition research group! My research focuses on different influences upon top-down attention (e.g., task demands,
environmental factors, experience) to understand how such influences can impact on
performance in a variety of settings.

Dr Adam Galpin
I have been working at the University of Salford since 2007 and my
research is focused on understanding how humans interact with tools and technology. My background is in visual cognition, in particular the use of eye-tracking, but I also employ a range of both qualitative and quantitative approaches to understanding how to evaluate and design technology. I have worked with a number of external partners, including the BBC, on user experience and design research projects. I am currently supervising a PhD project with the BBC on neurodiversity and creative processes. I also
collaborate with prosthetists on understanding psychological factors involved in use of
prosthetic arms. I am also interested in children’s digital media use. I welcome queries related to external consultancy projects across the fields of media and cognitive psychology.

Dr Robert Bendall
I am an experimental psychologist conducting research in affective
science – an interdisciplinary field seeking to understand affective and emotional processes. Adopting a range of methodological approaches including behavioural experiments, neuroscientific techniques, and
psychometric questionnaires, my research is currently focussed on the
following main themes: (1) the influence of emotion and affective stimuli on visual attention (e.g., visual search and change detection); (2) the
impact of individual differences including emotion regulation and personality traits on visual
attention; and (3) the relationships between affect, emotion regulation and sleep.

Dr Simon Cassidy
I’m a senior lecturer in psychology and programme lead for the MSc
Applied Psychology. I lead modules in educational psychology, post-
graduate research methods and postgraduate dissertation. Most of my research can be broadly described as social cognition, how people process and use information from social interactions and how this influences their thoughts and behaviour.  In the past I’ve explored the relationship
between social identity and mobile phone use and how different belief systems affect decision making, eye movement and brain activity.  My research focus right now is the psychology of resilience and the development of psychometric measures of academic
resilience, the ARS-30.

Dr Samantha Gregory
I am a social-cognitive psychologist interested in how sharing an experience with another person shapes perception and memory of the event, with a focus on working memory. As part of this I am interested in how these social cognitive processes change across the adult lifespan. In my research I use a range of approaches including both neuroscience and behavioural techniques as well as using virtual reality to present social scenarios. I am a keen advocate for open science practices. Please check out my personal website to see examples of my work as well as brief talks about my research projects.

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