I am a Professor of Cognitive Science and Director of the Cognition and Communication Research Centre, in the School of Psychology and Sport Sciences, Northumbria University, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK. I am also currently a Fellow at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg in Germany where I collaborate with the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft SFB-TR8 Spatial Cognition Research Centre at Bremen University.
I studied psychology at Glasgow University, receiving my first degree in 1988, followed by a PhD in Cognitive Science and Psychology from Edinburgh University in 1992. After a short period lecturing at Dundee University, I moved to Plymouth University in 1993 where I was first a Senior Lecturer, then Principal Lecturer, then Reader in Cognitive Science. I moved to Northumbria University in 2005.
My main research interest is how different supposed 'modules' in the mind/brain map onto one another. This has been manifest in a long-standing interest in the relationship between language and perception. A second interest is how cognition and emotion interact in decision making under conditions of uncertainty (specifically during gambling). Finally, partly emanating from my experiences as a musician, I am also interested in how what we hear and what we see interact during musical performance (and musical improvisation in particular). More information about my research can be found here.
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