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I graduated from the University of Sussex with a BSc (Hons) in Neuroscience in 2000. I went on to work as an IT engineer for several years before returning to study for a PhD in Psychology at the University of Exeter as a mature student in 2007. My PhD, supervised by Professor Tim Hodgson, looked at the influence of directional cues such as pointing fingers, eyes and arrows on eye movements and attention and how these processes can be disrupted after damage to the frontal lobes of the brain.
Between 2011 and 2013 I worked as a postdoctoral research assistant at the University of Portsmouth and here at Bournemouth University's Centre for Face Processing Disorders, before taking up the post of lecturer in September 2013.
Using eye tracking, my research examines the way we look at other people and how this allows us to understand their thoughts and feelings, an area referred to as visual social cognition. I'm interested in how looking behaviour relates to social cognition in both typical people and those with psychological disorders which affect social cognition, like autism, borderline personality disorder and social anxiety disorder. I'm also interested in how traits of such disorders which are present in the general populations influence how we look at and understand the social world.
I also conduct research into the influence of social context on eye movements when viewing social scenes and how eye movements and attention operate under dynamic, naturalistic, social conditions.
I welcome enquiries from potential PhD students in these areas of research.
- Bate, S., Bennetts, R.J., Gregory, N., Tree, J.J., Murray, E., Adams, A., Bobak, A.K., Penton, T., Yang, T. and Banissy, M.J., 2019. Objective Patterns of Face Recognition Deficits in 165 Adults with Self-Reported Developmental Prosopagnosia. Brain Sci, 9 (6).
- Moseley, R., Gregory, N.J., Smith, P., Allison, C. and Baron-Cohen, S., 2019. A “choice”, an “addiction”, a way “out of the lost”; Exploring self-injury in autistic people without intellectual disability. Molecular Autism.
- Gregory, N.J. and Antolin, J.V., 2019. Does social presence or the potential for interaction reduce social gaze in online social scenarios? Introducing the “live lab” paradigm. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 72 (4), 779-791.
- Gregory, N., Bolderston, H. and Antolin, J., 2018. Attention to faces and gaze-following in social anxiety: preliminary evidence from a naturalistic eye-tracking investigation. Cognition & Emotion.
- Bobak, A.K., Parris, B.A., Gregory, N.J., Bennetts, R.J. and Bate, S., 2017. Eye-movement strategies in developmental prosopagnosia and “super” face recognition. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 70 (2), 201-217.
- Gregory, N.J., Hermens, F., Facey, R. and Hodgson, T.L., 2016. The developmental trajectory of attentional orienting to socio-biological cues. Experimental Brain Research, 234 (6), 1351-1362.
- Gregory, N., Lopez, B., Graham, G., Marshman, P., Bate, S. and Kargas, N., 2015. Reduced Gaze Following and Attention to Heads when Viewing a "Live" Social Scene. PLoS One, 10 (4).
- Bate, S., Bennetts, R., Mole, J.A., Ainge, J.A., Gregory, N.J., Bobak, A.K. and Bussunt, A., 2014. Rehabilitation of face-processing skills in an adolescent with prosopagnosia: Evaluation of an online perceptual training programme. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation: An International Journal, 25 (5), 733-762.
- Gregory, N.J. and Hodgson, T.L., 2012. Giving subjects the eye and showing them the finger: Socio-biological cues and saccade generation in the anti-saccade task. Perception, 41 (2), 131-147.
- Bate, S., Haslam, C., Hodgson, T.L., Jansari, A., Gregory, N. and Kay, J.M., 2010. Positive and negative emotion enhances the processing of famous faces in a semantic judgment task. Neuropsychology, 24 (1), 84-89.
- Hodgson, T.L., Parris, B., Gregory, N. and Jarvis, T., 2009. The saccadic Stroop effect: evidence for involuntary programming of eye movements by linguistic cues. Vision Research, 49, 569-574.
- Hodgson, T.L., Gregory, N.J. and Facey, R., 2013. Follow Buzzy Bee: The effects of arrows, eye gaze and finger pointing cues on saccadic orienting in infants. In: Holmqvist, K., Mulvey, K. and Johansson, R., eds. Book of Abstracts of the 17th European Conference on Eye Movements, 11-16 August 2013, in Lund, Sweden.. Journal of Eye Movement Research 6 (3), 507.
- Gregory, N.J. and Lopez, B., 2013. Potential social interactions modulate social attention in dynamic scenes. In: Holmqvist, K., Mulvey,, F. and Johansson, R., eds. Book of Abstracts of the 17th European Conference on Eye Movements, 11-16 August 2013, in Lund, Sweden. Journal of Eye Movement Research 6(3), 148.
- Gregory, N., Wellaway, S., Antolin, J., Sapsford, P., Bolderston, H. and Baron-Cohen, S., 2016. Impaired reporting of social awkwardness in autistic spectrum condition in the presence of implicit eye movement recognition effects. In: British Psychological Society Cognitive Section Annual Conference 31 August-2 September 2016 Barcelona, Spain.
- Gregory, N. and Bolderston, H., 2015. Hypervigilance for faces, but typical gaze following in social anxiety. In: 18th European Conference on Eye Movements 16-21 August 2015 Vienna, Austria. 145.
- Gregory, N., 2015. Emotional dysregulation facilitates emotion recognition independent of dwell time to faces. In: Experimental Psychology Society Meeting 8-10 July 2015 Lincoln, UK.
- Gregory, N.J. and Lopez, B., 2014. Putting the "social" into social attention. 12.
- Gregory, N.J. and Lopez, B., 2014. Putting the “social” into social attention. In: European Conference on Visual Perception 24-28 August 2014 Belgrade, Serbia. 12.
- Jastine Antolin
- Georgia Turner
Profile of Teaching PG
- Advanced Research Methods
Profile of Teaching UG
- Level I - Neuropsychology
- Level I - Experimental Methods and Statistical Analyses - Qualitative Methods
- Level H - Final year project supervisor
- Level H - Eye tracking and Cognition
- Eye gaze and person perception in video conferencing and face-to-face job interviews (British Academy/Leverhulme, 15 May 2016). Awarded
- Eye gaze in the job interview: Do differences in gaze between video conferencing and face-to-face interviews change interviewers' perceptions of candidates? (British Academy, 01 Apr 2016). In Progress
- I can see you too! How does potential interaction with onscreen others influence social gaze? (Experimental Psychology Society, 01 Sep 2015). Awarded
Public Engagement & Outreach Activities
- Bournemouth University Active Vision Workshop (June 2016)
- PhD in Saccadic orienting to social and non-social cues (University of Exeter, 2011)
- BSc (Hons) in Neuroscience (University of Sussex, 2000)
- Experimental Psychology Society, Member (2012-),