Nicola Gregory

Dr Nicola Gregory

  • 01202 962373
  • ngregory at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Senior Lecturer In Psychology
  • Poole House P252, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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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.


Journal Articles


  • 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.



  • Moseley, R., Liu, C., Gregory, N. and Sui, J., 2019. Self-representation in autism: are autistic people self-focused, and why does it matter? In: Experimental Psychology Society.
  • Moseley, R., Gregory, N., Smith, P., Allison, C. and Baron-Cohen, S., 2019. Self-Injury in Autism: Predictors, Perceptions, and Links to Suicidality. In: International Society for Autism Research Annual Meeting.


PhD Students

  • Jastine Antolin
  • Georgia Turner

Profile of Teaching PG

  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Research Project Supervisor Level 7

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Biological Psychology Level 5
  • Developmental and Applied Psychology Level 5
  • Project Unit Level 6
  • Final Year Project Supervisor - Level 6


  • 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

Internal Responsibilities

  • Member, SC2AN Research Group
  • Member, Fusion 4 Students - Employability Working Group
  • Employability Lead, Department of Psychology

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-),