Cognitive Psychology

Cognition refers to all processes by which sensory input is transformed, reduced, elaborated, stored, recovered and used.

Cognition refers to all processes by which sensory input is transformed, reduced, elaborated, stored, recovered and used. Cognitive psychologists investigate these mental processes to understand how people mentally represent information.

The Cognitive Group's research expertise includes the sub-areas of perception, attention, memory and language. In particular we study:

  • face perception
  • prosody - the processing of emotional expression and tone of voice
  • visual working memory
  • implicit memory and learning within normal and special populations
  • basic automatic and controlled processes underlying recognition and recall memory
  • subjective experience during memory retrieval
  • memory for applied materials in applied settings
  • the processes and consequences of false memory phenomena
  • familiarisation and perceptual fluency
  • language production, especially in relation to different types of aphasias attention and task-switching
  • visual search in eye-witness memory line-ups
  • memory for social information
  • the effects of incongruity on judgment
  • metaphor processing
  • processing of emotionally-laden words and images
  • the relationship between anxiety and attention
  • Consciousness and perceptual awareness
  • Unconscious processing of visual information
  • Attention and distraction

Staff

The following staff work in this research area: