Alejandro Estudillo

Dr Alejandro Estudillo

  • Principal Academic in Psychology
  • Poole House P332, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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I received my BSc Psychology (Hons) degree from the University of Málaga (Spain) in 2008. I then continued my postgraduate studies at the University of Granada (MSc in Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience) and at the University of Edinburgh (MSc in Human Cognitive Neuropsychology). Following this, I commenced my PhD at the University of Kent, and was awarded with a PhD in Human Cognitive Psychology and Neuropsychology in 2016. Subsequently, I became an Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham Malaysia, before I moved to Bournemouth in 2020.


My research focuses on understanding how our visual system provide us with information about the world that we can use to recognize and interact with objects, environments and people. I am interested in visual perception from the most basic level (e.g. how we discriminate between different shapes) to the most complex (e.g., face and object recognition). I am also interested in the cognitive mechanisms used to solve different mathematical operations (e.g., additions and subtractions).

To provide this understanding, I use techniques, such as eye-tracking (which allows us to track where participants are looking), EEG-ERP (to measure participants’ brain activity while viewing certain stimuli, such as faces and other objects), and classical behavioral (e.g., old/new recognition memory paradigm) and psychophysical paradigms.

I always welcome applications of potential MRes and PhD students. If you are interested in pursuing postgraduate research studies in face processing and mathematical cognition, please get in touch and send me your CV.

Journal Articles



  • Kho, S.K., Keeble, D., Wong, H.K. and Estudillo, A., 2022. Investigating the role of the occipital face area (OFA) and fusiform face area (FFA) using multifocal transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). PERCEPTION, 51, 129-130.
  • Wong, H.K., Kho, S.K., Keeble, D. and Estudillo, A., 2022. Introducing the Cambridge Face Memory Test - Malaysian Chinese (CFMT-MY). PERCEPTION, 51, 129.
  • Wye, J.L.K. and Estudillo, A.J., 2019. Exploring Visual Processing Strategies of Self-Face and Other-Face Recognition. I-PERCEPTION, 10, 123-124.
  • Estudillo, A.J. and Frida, N., 2019. Matching Faces: The Facial Features are Important, But So DO the Whole Face. Change 'DOES' to 'DO'. I-PERCEPTION, 10, 10.
  • Estudillo, A.J., 2017. Face Matching Requires Holistic Processing: Evidence From a Gaze-Contingent Task. I-PERCEPTION, 8, 44.
  • Estudillo, A.J. and Bindemann, M., 2014. Please do not disturb: Declarative associative learning with and without interference. PERCEPTION, 43 (1), 153.


  • Creation of a neurophysiology lab (CAPEX, 01 Nov 2019). Awarded
  • Understanding the difficulties in solving single–digit multiplications. A neuro–educational approach. (Fundamental Research Grant Scheme. Ministry of Education Malaysia, 01 Sep 2019). Awarded
  • Using neuroscience to understand and improve human face recognition. (Fundamental Research Grant Scheme. Ministry of Education Malaysia, 01 Sep 2018). Awarded
  • Creation of Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning Laboratory (Facilities and equipment Research Grant, 01 Aug 2018). Awarded
  • The neural basis of the enfacement illusion (Experimental Psychology Society, 01 Nov 2014). Completed
  • Dyscalculia: a neurocognitive view (Spanish Science Government Department, 01 Sep 2012). Completed
  • Psychology and neuropsychology of numerical processing and calculus. (Spanish Science Government Department, 01 Sep 2009). Completed