Janice Attard-Johnson

Dr Janice Attard-Johnson

  • Deputy Head of Department in Psychology
  • Poole House P110, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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I conduct research in cognitive and forensic psychology that fit within the broad areas of typical and atypical sexual interests, eye-witness memory, and face processing.

I completed my PhD at the University of Kent and later joined the Psychology Department at BU as a Lecturer. I am particularly interested in bridging cognition and forensic psychology. To date I have published research on examining the use of cognitive approaches, eye-tracking, and pupillary responses as a sex- and age-specific measure of sexual interests. I have also published on face recognition and time estimation ability in eye-witness face identification, as well as our own insight into our ability at face recognition.


Journal Articles



  • Attard, J., Bindemann, M. and Ciardha, C.O., 2014. Diagnosing age-specific sexual interest with pupil dilation. PERCEPTION, 43 (1), 154.

PhD Students

  • Emily Curtis. The Efficacy of the Self-Administered Interview in minimising the misinformation effect amongst an ageing population

Profile of Teaching PG

  • MSc Project Supervision

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Level 6 - Project Unit Leader
  • Experimental Methods and Statistical Analysis 2a
  • UG Psychology Project Supervision (2017-2019)
  • Academic Advisor
  • L6 Eye Tracking and Cognition
  • L6 Forensic Psychology


  • Estimating Ages from Faces seen in Isolation and in Groups (British Psychological Society, 09 Jun 2019). Awarded
  • Eye-tracking assessment of sexual interests (University of Kent, 11 Sep 2013). Completed
  • Establishing the Duration of Crimes: An Individual Differences and Eye-Tracking Investigation into Time Estimation (Strategic Education Pathways research grant, Malta, 11 Sep 2011). Completed

Internal Responsibilities

  • Deputy Head of Department (Education & Engagement), Department of Psychology

Journal Reviewing/Refereeing

  • University of Ottawa Medical Research Fund Grants, Anonymous peer review, 18 Jan 2019
  • BMC, 01 May 2018
  • Biological psychology, 01 Jan 2018
  • Journal of Sex Research, 01 Jan 2017
  • Psychophysiology, 01 Jan 2017

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Public Lecture
  • Public Lecture

Conference Presentations

  • EPS meeting, Do different methods for analysing pupillary responses affect the outcome?, 10 Jul 2019, Bournemouth
  • Leicester Meeting, Attard-Johnson, J., Bindemann, M., & Ó Ciardha, C. 2018. Validity of Pupillometry for Measuring Sexual Interests, 18 Apr 2018, Leicester University
  • Innovations in Forensic Psychology, Assessing forensically relevant sexual interests, symposium: Eye tracking assessment of sexual interests, 11 Apr 2018, Kent
  • Co-creating best practice in the criminal justice system, Rachel C Mazariegos & Janice Attard-Johnson (2018) Can we inhibit our pupillary responses to sexually arousing images?, 28 Feb 2018, Bournemouth University
  • Experimental Psychology Society, Estimating crime time: Car chases, fish and eyewitness accuracy, 03 Jan 2018, London
  • Decepticon, Pupil Dilation: An implicit indicator of sexual interests?, 02 Sep 2015, Cambridge, UK
  • BPS Forensic, Measuring age-specific sexual preferences with pupil dilation., 01 Jul 2015, Manchester
  • BPS Cognitive Section, Exploring pupil dilation as an implicit measure of sexual interests, 01 Apr 2015, Kent
  • European Conference of Visual Perception (ECVP), Diagnosing age specific sexual interests with pupil dilation, 20 Aug 2014, Belgrade, Serbia
  • Associate for the Treatment of Abusers (ATSA), Comparing multiple indirect measures of sexual interest with eye tracking and pupil dilation., 30 Oct 2013, Chicago
  • BPS Annual Conference, Estimating crime time: Car chases, fish and eyewitness accuracy, 03 Jun 2013, Harrogate


  • PGCHE in Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (2018)
  • PhD in Cognitive Psychology (University of Kent, 2017)
  • MSc in Cognitive and Neuropsychology (University of Kent, 2013)
  • BSc (Hons) in Psychology (University of Malta, 2009)


  • Experimental Psychology Society (EPS), Member (2019-),
  • Higher Education Academy, Fellow (2018-),
  • British Psychological Society, Member,
  • International Academy of Sex Research, Fellow,

External Media and Press