Dr Maria Panagiotidi

Job Title and Responsibilities

  • Lecturer in Psychology

About Me

I studied Psychology at Pantio University in Athens, Greece, and after graduating in 2009 I moved to London where I received a MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience. I recently completed a PhD in Psychology at the University of Sheffield.

Before joining Staffordshire University as a lecturer I worked as a researcher psychologist at Arctic Shores, an award winning Manchester start-up (disruptHR, Innovate UK) creating psychometric mobile games.

I am interested in science communication and I have been involved in a number of projects (e.g. The Empathy Station with British Council Film) and organisations (Science Brainwaves) promoting public understanding of science.


  • PhD Psychology

  • MSc Cognitive Neuroscience

  • BA Psychology


Cognitive psychology and quantitative research methods.

Research Interests

My research interests are in the area of cognitive psychology. More specifically, I am interested in executive functions (prospective memory, multitasking, attention), gamification, time perception, and creativity in normal and atypical populations. My research employs a combination of behavioural testing, eye tracking, and neuroimaging (fMRI).

Selected Publications


Panagiotidi, M., Overton, P, & Stafford, T. (submitted). ADHD traits and distraction in the visual periphery.

Panagiotidi, M., Overton, P, & Stafford, T. (submitted). Multisensory Integration abnormalities in ADHD; Evidence from a study on a subclinical population.

Panagiotidi, M., Overton, P, & Stafford, T. (submitted) ADHD traits and fixational eye movements; increased microsaccade rate during a sustained fixation task in individuals with high ADHD traits.

Gilbert, S. J., Armbruster, D. J. N., & Panagiotidi, M. (2012). Similarity between brain activity at encoding and retrieval predicts successful realization of delayed intentions. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 24(1):93-105.

Panagiotidi, M. & Samartzi, S. (2012).  Time Estimation: Musical Training and Emotional Content of Stimuli. Psychology of Music,41(5):620-629.

Samartzi, S. & Panagiotidi, M. (2011). Interactive Relations among Time, Music and Emotion. Psychology, The Journal of the Hellenic Psychological Society, 18(1),104-11.

Conference talks (recent)

Panagiotidi, M. & Montefiori L. (2016, August). Gamified Version of the Simon Task. Paper presented at the BPS Cognitive Psychology Section Annual Conference in Barcelona.

Panagiotidi, M. & Montefiori L. (2016, August).  Does videogame experience affect performance on a gamified working memory task. Paper presented at the BPS Cognitive Psychology Section Annual Conference in Barcelona.

Montefiori L. & Panagiotidi, M. (2016, January). Face validity and perceived fairness of a profiling mobile game. Paper presented at the BPS Division of Occupational Psychology(DOP) Conference. Nottingham, UK



Dr Maria Panagiotidi
School of Psychology, Sport and Exercise
Faculty of Health Sciences
Staffordshire University
Science Centre
Leek Road
t: +44 (0)1782 294525
e: maria.panagiotidi@staffs.ac.uk
twitter: @mariapage