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I am a cognitive researcher with expertise in face processing and visual search. I graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Southampton in 2008. I was awarded a 1 + 3 ESRC studentship to continue my studies at the University of Southampton and completed my MSc Research Methods in Psychology in 2009 and my PhD in 2013. The research conducted during my PhD investigated sources of configural face processing. I was a Research Fellow within the Centre for Vision and Cognition at the University of Southampton from 2013 – 2017 working on projects about face processing and visual search. I was also a Teaching Fellow for the department from 2015 -2017. I joined Bournemouth University in 2017 as a Lecturer.
My main research interests are in the field of vision and cognition, specifically face processing and visual search. My recent research has examined the dual-target cost, guidance and capacity in visual search for multiple unfamiliar faces using eye-tracking. I am also working on projects about individual differences in face processing and relationships between face processing measures.
I am currently working on grant funded projects that address challenges for visual search tasks in security domains. One project I am involved in examines ways to train the public and security personnel to improve their search for threats in crowded environments. Another is examining how long airport security officers should spend searching X-ray images of bags between breaks.
- Donnelly, N., Harland, B., Mestry, N., Thompson, N., Trawiński, T. and Liversedge, S.P., 2017. The Influence of Pupil Alignment on Spectator Address in Manet's Portraiture. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts.
- Mestry, N., Menneer, T., Cave, K.R., Godwin, H.J. and Donnelly, N., 2017. Dual-Target Cost in Visual Search for Multiple Unfamiliar Faces. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 43 (8), 1504-1519.
- Mestry, N., Menneer, T., Wenger, M.J., Benikos, N., McCarthy, R.A. and Donnelly, N., 2015. The Role of Configurality in the Thatcher Illusion: An ERP Study. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 22 (2), 445-452.
- Mestry, N., Menneer, T., Wenger, M.J. and Donnelly, N., 2012. Identifying sources of configurality in three face processing tasks. Frontiers in Psychology, 3 (NOV).
- Mestry, N., Donnelly, N., Menneer, T. and McCarthy, R.A., 2012. Discriminating Thatcherised from typical faces in a case of prosopagnosia. Neuropsychologia, 50 (14), 3410-3418.
- Donnelly, N., Hillstrom, A. and Mestry, N., 2017. CREST Guide: What Makes Spotting Faces Difficult?. Available from: https://crestresearch.ac.uk/resources/what-makes-spotting-faces-difficult/.
- Donnelly, N., Hillstrom, A. and Mestry, N., 2017. CREST Guide: Finding Hidden Targets. Available from: https://crestresearch.ac.uk/resources/finding-hidden-targets/.
- Donnelly, N., Hillstrom, A. and Mestry, N., 2017. CREST Guide: Individual Differences In Ability To Search. Available from: https://crestresearch.ac.uk/resources/individual-differences-ability-search/.
- Donnelly, N., Hillstrom, A. and Mestry, N., 2017. CREST Guide: Detecting Rare Targets. Available from: https://crestresearch.ac.uk/resources/detecting-rare-targets/.
- Donnelly, N., Hillstrom, A. and Mestry, N., 2017. CREST Guide: How Training And Professional Experience Affect The Ability To Spot Targets. Available from: https://crestresearch.ac.uk/resources/training-the-ability-to-spot-targets/.
Profile of Teaching PG
- Psychology Project Supervision
Profile of Teaching UG
- Face Recognition and its Disorders (FRAID)
- Psychology Project Supervision
- Academic Advisor
- Experimental Methods and Statistical Analysis (EMSA) 2a
- X-ray baggage screening time on task (Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, 04 Oct 2018). In Progress
- We’re in this together: Using evidence-based visual perception to enhance crowd resilience. (Phase 2). (Defence and Security Accelerator, 01 Sep 2018). In Progress
- We’re in this together: Using evidence-based visual perception research to enhance the crowd’s ability to detect threats in the environment. (Defence and Security Accelerator, 15 Nov 2017). Completed
- Costs in Search for More Than One Face and Detection of Repeating Faces (Experimental Psychology Society, 01 Sep 2017). In Progress
- Impact Champion for UoA 4, Impact Committee
- Head of External Engagement, Department of Psychology
- Outreach and Public Engagement Coordinator, Psychology
Public Engagement & Outreach Activities
- Work Experience in Psychology. I coordinated and supervised work experience visits to the department for sixth form students in 2017 and 2018.
- Summer Breaks 2018. I delivered a psychology subject taster session for Y12 students visiting the university as part of the 'Summer Breaks' Widening participation initiative where students get a taste of the university experience over a few days.
- Eye tracking as a window to the mind, Festival of Learning 2018. We explained how researchers use eye movements to understand the mental processes behind tasks. Visitors took part in a Where's Wally search task while their eye movements were tracked. The display was gaze contingent so that the audience could see the eye movements during the task. We explained the retina and why it is necessary to move our eyes to bring new information into high acuity vision and that eye movements reflect the moment to moment cognitive processes that we engage in when we undertake a task.
- Vision Sciences Society Conference, The influence of training with one or two faces on dual-target face search, 18 May 2018, St Pete Beach, Florida
- Vision Sciences Society Conference, The Effects of Familiarity and Orientation when Correcting Spatially Distorted Faces, 19 May 2017, St Pete Beach, FL
- PhD in The Nature of Configural Processing (University of Southampton, 2013)
- MSc in Research Methods in Psychology (University of Southampton, 2009)
- BSc (Hons) in Psychology (University of Southampton, 2008)
- Experimental Psychology Society, Member (2015-),
- Higher Education Academy, Fellow (2016-),
- Vision Sciences Society, Member (2009-),