Janice Attard-Johnson

Dr Janice Attard-Johnson

  • Deputy Head of Department in Psychology
  • Poole House P104c, 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

  • Wignall, L., Portch, E., McCormack, M., Owens, R., Cascalheira, C.J., Attard-Johnson, J. and Cole, T., 2021. Changes in Sexual Desire and Behaviors among UK Young Adults During Social Lockdown Due to COVID-19. Journal of Sex Research.
  • Attard-Johnson, J., Ó Ciardha, C. and Bindemann, M., 2019. Comparing methods for the analysis of pupillary response. Behavior Research Methods, 51 (1), 83-95.
  • Ó Ciardha, C., Attard-Johnson, J. and Bindemann, M., 2018. Latency-Based and Psychophysiological Measures of Sexual Interest Show Convergent and Concurrent Validity. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 47 (3), 637-649.
  • Attard-Johnson, J., Bindemann, M. and Ó Ciardha, C., 2017. Heterosexual, Homosexual, and Bisexual Men’s Pupillary Responses to Persons at Different Stages of Sexual Development. Journal of Sex Research, 54 (9), 1085-1096.
  • Attard-Johnson, J. and Bindemann, M., 2017. Sex-specific but not sexually explicit: Pupillary responses to dressed and naked adults. Royal Society Open Science, 4 (5), 1-10.
  • Attard-Johnson, J., Bindemann, M. and Ó Ciardha, C., 2016. Pupillary Response as an Age-Specific Measure of Sexual Interest. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 45 (4), 855-870.
  • Bindemann, M., Attard, J. and Johnston, R.A., 2014. Perceived ability and actual recognition accuracy for unfamiliar and famous faces. Cogent Psychology, 1 (1).
  • Attard, J. and Bindemann, M., 2014. Establishing the Duration of Crimes: An Individual Differences and Eye-Tracking Investigation into Time Estimation. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 28 (2), 215-225.
  • Bindemann, M., Attard, J., Leach, A. and Johnston, R.A., 2013. The effect of image pixelation on unfamiliar-face matching. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 27 (6), 707-717.

PhD Students

  • Debbie Persaud. Time estimation and witness credibitility judgements in police investigations
  • 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

  • The eye's pupil: A reflection of the mind? - Festival of Learning 2018
  • Pint of Science

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,

External Media and Press