Dr Joanna Wincenciak
- Lecturer in Quantitative Methods (Education) (Education)
Joanna is a member of the People, Place and Social Change research and teaching group in the School of Education. She has a PhD in Psychology from the University of Hull, UK. Prior to this position she was a Research Associate at the Clinical Ageing Research Unit, Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University and a Research Associate at the Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology, University of Glasgow. Joanna is an experimental psychologist and her research focuses on neurobiological basics of social perception and social judgements. Her recent project examined emotion perception in ageing and in people with Parkinson’s Disease, while her past projects examined emotion and trustworthiness perceptions and how people respond to face and body cues. Joanna has an active outreach and public engagement profile. She has run Neuroscience and Psychology workshops for schools, museums and charities. She has taught on undergraduate and postgraduate modules in Psychology and is interested in applying advanced technologies into teaching and in teaching online. She has recently contributed to the Dementia Care course featured on the Future Learn platform.
My research focuses broadly on emotion, cognition and technology. In particular, I am interested in understanding how we perceive and interpret behaviour of other people in everyday life and how we interact with technology around us. I investigate how we respond to different non-verbal social cues conveyed by faces and body actions of others and how individual differences and our judgement regarding these cues can guide our behaviour and motivation. I typically use methods from experimental and social psychology, I combine modelling, computer science, survey data and psychological experimentation to understand neurobiological, perceptual, cognitive and action processes that underpin social behaviour. I am also interested in examining how people interact with information technology and issues around trust and transparency in human-computer interaction. I focus on real-world applications of emotion and social perception science, for example on developing interventions for increasing social and emotional competence in children, or measuring the impact on community based activity on emotional well-being.
CoSS Strategic Research Fund: Puppetry and Emotional Resilience (2019-2020, PI, £3097.00)
LTDF: User-centered design for digital education – a combined UX and eye-tracking study (2019-2020, PI, 2846.40)
ERSC IAA Business Boost Seed Funding: Trust in Digital Sector (2018-2019, PI, £2125.80)
School of Education Psychology Equipment Fund (PI, £2560)
School of Education Small Project Funding (Co-I, £5366.16)
I supervise PGT students in the MSc in Psychological Studies programme in the Scool of Education. I am open to supervising PhD students, please get in touch to discuss potential project ideas.
Current PhD students:
Heba Balatia - The Influences of Anger and Sunk Cost Bias on Project Status: An Extension to Portfolios of Projects
Farina Tavasolian - Gifted Young Children and the Early Years Curriculum
Ahmad Abotalib - Education Policy towards Teacher Preparation Teacher Effectiveness
I teach on the MSc in Psychological Studies, MSc Education, Public Policy & Equity and MSc in Psychology (ODL). I am an academic lead for online learning in the School of Education.
Reviewer for: Body Image, British Journal of Psychology, Education Sciences, Evolution and Human Behavior, Evolutionary Behavioural Sciences, Human Ethology Bulletin, Internatonal Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Psychology, Crime and Law, SAGE Open, Sustainability, Vision Research