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Academic Biography

Laura Sexton is a Graduate Tutor in Psychology in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Law. She studied her first degree in Psychology at the University of Manchester, before completing an MSc in Health Psychology at Teesside University. Prior to commencing her current post, Laura worked for six years as a Senior Psychology Technician at Teesside University, where she was responsible for providing training in experimental research techniques and supporting student and staff research.

Laura is currently studying for a PhD at Teesside University, under the supervision of Dr Natalie Butcher and Dr Jonathon Reay. Her research explores how individual differences can impact upon face recognition processes.

Laura is currently teaching on the modules 'Introduction to Core Areas in Psychology' and 'Critical Thinking about Psychology'.

Summary of Research Interests

Laura is a Graduate member of the British Psychological Society, and a member of the Cognitive Psychology section of the BPS.

Laura's current research focusses on how individual differences in biological motion processing and emotion recognition impact upon static and dynamic face recognition. She is exploring these factors in both typical and developmental prosopagnosia (face blind) populations. Laura is also currently working with Dr Natalie Butcher to set up the North East Prosopagnosia Screening Centre, which will help to identify individuals living with face blindness, and improve awareness of this condition.

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Research Output

Eye-movement differences when learning static and dynamic faces

Butcher, N., Lander, K. & Sexton, L., 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Eye-movement differences when learning static and dynamic faces.

Butcher, N., Bennetts, R. J., Lander, K. & Sexton, L., 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Evidence for the social signals hypothesis of the facial motion advantage.

Butcher, N., Sexton, L. & Lander, K., 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract