Bio

I have a first degree in psychology from The University of Glasgow, followed by an MSc and PhD. Immediately after my PhD, I worked at Lancaster University as a postdoctoral research fellow (2012-2013). I then joined the University of Lincoln as a lecturer in social psychology (2013-2015). In 2015 I returned to Lancaster University to become a 50th Anniversary Lecturer in computational social science.

Methodological Development

Much of my work is characterised by the development of new methods or tools to collect and analyse psychological data. I am particularly interested in how technology and data can reveal behaviours and thought processes that were previously invisible or confined to the laboratory. This often involves the integration of converging evidence from laboratory based behavioural experiments and large scale secondary data analysis.

Smartphones/Wearable Technology

I am interested in psychological markers of technology adoption and use, but also how digital devices can change behaviour (or not). This work also extends to the use of wearable sensors in psychological and biosocial research. Several recent projects have used data from wearable devices and to predict complex emotional states.

Weekday Effects

Days of the week evoke emotional responses and provide a framework for much of our social and occupational organisation. This strand of work considers both mental representations and systematic changes in behaviour.

Social Interaction

Much of our social interaction alternates between face-to-face and computer-mediated communication. I remain interested in how impressions and relationships change within and between these contexts.