Dr Helena Paterson
- Lecturer (Psychology)
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My main interest is in Dynamic Person Perception and this covers both attribution such as first impressions, but also emotion perception and measuring attitudes. Additionally I do pedagogical research related to learning and teaching with technology.
In Currently, I am a lecturer in the School of Psychology with a responsibility for teaching Research Methods and Social Psychology. Previously I completed a PhD Thesis in the Department of Psychology at the University of Glasgow and worked as a Post-Doc for Dr. Frank Pollick on an ESRC funded project before starting a British Academy Fellowship. After my fellowship, I worked in a variety of teaching settings and as a consultant in methodology and data analysis for health-related research projects before returning to the School of Psychology as a lecturer.
Human Cognition, Representation, and Development of Dynamic Social Events.
Our every-day world changes constantly, resulting in a dynamic tapestry of events that we must somehow make sense of and interact with. Of the most interesting signals in our dynamic world, are the social signals that allow us to interact with other humans. It seems that the process by which we attribute personality traits, emotions, motivations and intentions is effortless and unconscious. This has lead to some interesting demonstrations whereby non-human animated objects can appear to have the same qualities as humans and raises the question, how are dynamic social events represented by the human cognitive system. More importantly, how do we develop our representations of social events and the accompanying stereotypes and biases?
Teaching Psychology with Open Science.
With Open Science practices forming an important cornerstone in the advancement of science, it has become increasingly evident that we should be incorporating these practices into the way that science is taught. Examples span from the educational practices that adopt to the kinds of activities that we do and my research is centred on how we can incorporate the practices and philosophy of Open into our teaching.
Supervised Postgraduate Student
- Julia Moeller (M.Sc. Student)