Dr Louise Humphreys

Job Title and Responsibilities

Lecturer in Psychology

Level 6 Tutor

Faculty of Health Sciences Ethics Committee Member

About Me

I graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2004 with a BSc in Psychology. I stayed at Nottingham to complete my PhD in Cognitive Psychology and graduated in 2008. My PhD thesis investigated attention to, and memory for, emotional images.  From November 2008 until August 2011 I worked as a Research Fellow for the University of Warwick, and in September 2011 I started a full-time lecturing position here in Psychology.

Qualifications

PhD in Psychology, University of Nottingham

BSc (hons) Psychology (First Class), University of Nottingham

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher and Professional Education, Staffordshire University (Distinction)

Expertise

My expertise is in Cognitive Psychology and Quantitative Research Methods.

Research Interests

My interests are broadly in the area of attention and memory. I am particularly interested in how human emotion influences attention and memory performance. For example, do we remember positive and negative events more easily than neutral, everyday events? Is this because we pay more attention to emotional events when they occur? I am also interested in using eye-tracking devices as a measure of visual attention.

Selected Publications

Knott, L. M., Howe, M.L., Toffalini, E., Shah, D., & Humphreys, L. (under review). The role of attention in the immediate emotional false memory enhancement. Emotion.

Humphreys, L. & Higgins, S.  (in preparation). The influence of task demands on attention to emotional pictures. Emotion.

Parfit-Bowman, J., Humphreys, L., Buckley, E., & Lucas, E. (in preparation). How important is packaging: The impact of brand manipulation on visual-attention disruption and accurate product recognition. Journal of Consumer Research.

Humphreys, L., Giudice, S., Jennings, P., Cain, R., Song, W. and Dunne, G. (2011). The Influence of Company Identity on the Perception of Vehicle Sound. Ergonomics, 54(4), 338-346.

Humphreys, L., Underwood, G., & Chapman, P.  (2010). Enhanced Memory for Emotional Pictures: A Product of Increased Attention to Affective Stimuli? European Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 22(8), 1225-1247.

Underwood, G., Humphreys, L., and Cross, E. (2006). Congruency, saliency and gist in the inspection of objects in natural scenes. Eye movements: A window on mind and brain. Roger van Gompel, Martin Fischer, Wayne Murray, & Robin Hill (Eds).

Underwood, G., Foulsham, T., Van Loon, E., Humphreys, L., & Bloyce, J. (2006). Eye movements during scene inspection: A test of the saliency map hypothesis. European Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 18(3), p321-342.

My work has been included in a chapter by G. Underwood - Eye fixations on pictures of natural scenes: Getting the gist and identifying the components (2005), Cognitive Processes in Eye Guidance, G. Underwood (Eds). p163-187.

Current Teaching

Undergraduate

  • Foundations of Psychology

  • Perspectives in Psychology

  • Further Research Methods in Psychology

  • Cognitive and Biological Determinants of Behaviour

  • Advanced Research Methods

  • Psychology Project (project supervisor)

Postgraduate

  • MSc in Applied Research – Dissertation Supervisors

  • PhD Supervision

Contact

Dr Louise Humphreys
School of Psychology, Sport and Exercise (U/G Awards in Psychology & BPS Accreditation)
Faculty of Health Sciences
Staffordshire University
Science Centre
Leek Road
Stoke-on-Trent
ST4 2DF
t: +44 (0)1782 422328
e: l.humphreys@staffs.ac.uk