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Academic Biography

Dr Natalie Butcher is a Lecturer in Psychology in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Law. She studied her first degree in Psychology at the University of Manchester where she stayed on to complete an EPSRC funded PhD within the Cognitive and Cognitive Neuroscience Research Group. Her PhD, completed in 2009, investigated the effect of facial motion information on the recognition of same and other race faces.

Prior to commencing her current post in 2014, Natalie worked as a post-doctoral research associate here at Teesside University funded by the ESRC and then as a Lecturer in Psychology at York St John University. Natalie has experience in teaching a variety of modules at undergraduate level and has experience of PhD supervision. Currently she is module leader for 'Critical Thinking about Psychology' and 'Current Issues in Neurodevelopmental Disorders' whilst also teaching on 'Cognitive Psychology' and 'Psychological Research Design and Analysis' modules. Finally, she is regularly involved in outreach activity at local schools and colleges and is the psychology representative on the Undergraduate Marketing and Recruitment Committee.

Natalie is also an elected committee member of the Cognitive Psychology Section of the British Psychology Society. She is currently the section's Honorary Treasurer, Social Media Officer and Assistant Editor of the section's annual publication The Cognitive Psychology Bulletin.

Summary of Research Interests

Natalie is a researcher within the Social Futures Institute at Teesside University and a member of the Cognitive Section of the British Psychological Society.

Natalie's research interests focus on understanding the various factors that impact on our ability to recognise a face. Her research has a strong focus on the importance of dynamic (motion) information and race in the recognition of familiar and unfamiliar faces. Her research investigates the effect of these factors in both typical and developmental prosopagnosia (faceblind) populations, often using eye-tracking methods.

Natalie is currently working on several research projects. The first is a project looking at eye-movement differences when processing static and moving faces. This is in collaboration with Dr Karen Lander from the University of Manchester and Dr Rachel Bennetts from Queen Mary University of London. A second project in collaboration with PhD Student, Laura Sexton, is looking at individual differences when processing static and moving faces. This project involves setting up a North East Prosopagnosia Screening Centre to identify people who have this rare developmental disorder.

Natalie has been invited to deliver talks on her research at several public engagement events: Pint of Science at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (May, 2016), In Your Face at the National Media Museum (September, 2016), Spoonful of Knowledge (February, 2017) as well as a TEDx Talk at Oldham Library which can be viewed online: 'What's in a Face?' (February, 2016).

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Prosopagnosia Medicine & Life Sciences
Cues Medicine & Life Sciences
Eye Movements Medicine & Life Sciences
Semantics Medicine & Life Sciences
Internet Medicine & Life Sciences
Facial Recognition Medicine & Life Sciences
Surgical Instruments Medicine & Life Sciences
Learning Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2011 2017

  • 8 Article
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Conference contribution

A search advantage for dynamic same-race and other-race faces

Butcher, N., Lander, K. & Jagger, R., 3 Jul 2017, In : Visual Cognition. p. -

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Surgical Instruments

Exploring the motion advantage: evaluating the contribution of familiarity and differences in facial motion

Butcher, N. & Lander, K., 4 Mar 2016, In : The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. p. -

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Placing joy, surprise and sadness in space. A cross-linguistic study

Marmolejo-Ramos, F., Correa, J. C., Sakarkar, G., Ngo, G., Ruiz-Fernández, S., Butcher, N. & Yamada, Y., 18 Jul 2016, In : Psychological Research. 81, p. 750–763

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Action observation modulates both the desire to move and the perception of ‘groove’ while listening to percussive music.

Eaves, D., Burridge, E., Griffiths, N., McBain, T. & Butcher, N., 23 Mar 2015, Proceedings of the International Conference on the Multimodal Experience of Music 23-25 March 2015 in Sheffield, UK. Dibben, N., Eltan, Z., Granot, R., Metcalfe, T., Schiavio, A., Timmers, R. & Williamson, V. (eds.). University of Sheffield

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionResearch

Open Access

Independence of face identity and expression processing: exploring the role of motion

Lander, K. & Butcher, N., 13 Mar 2015, In : Frontiers in Psychology. p. -

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Facial Recognition