Peter Hills

Dr Peter Hills

  • Head of Department for Psychology
  • Poole House P104d, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Biography

I completed my BSc in Psychology at Cardiff University in 2003 and remained there to do my MSc and PhD under the supervision of Dr Michael Lewis. My thesis concerned the development of face recognition and the flexibility of face space. Subsequently, I became a lecturer, then senior lecturer, at Anglia Ruskin University before moving to Bournemouth University in November 2014.

Research

My research is primarily focused on face recognition and perception. I have published articles on the own-group biases in face recognition, the face-inversion effect, the transference of processing styles, the effects of mood on face recognition, and adaptation in addition to my work on the development of face recognition. In order to investigate these areas, I employ stringent behavioural tests in addition to measuring eye movements and fixation data. I have also used EEG and tDCS to measure and stimulate brain activity during face processing tasks.

In addition to work on face perception, I conduct work on hazard perception during driving and how it is affected by the carryover of eye-movements from one task to the next. I also conduct work on dyslexia and processing speed, attentional control and inhibition in schizophrenia and ADHD. I also conduct research in forensic psychology with a particular focus on evaluating offender programmes and understanding the psychology acquaintance rape both in terms of its relation to perpetrator misogyny (online and offline) and the public perception of it.

I welcome enquiries from both UK and non-UK students who might be interested in pursuing a PhD with me.

Favourites

  • Hills, P.J. and Lewis, M.B., 2018. The development of face expertise: Evidence for a qualitative change in processing. Cognitive Development, 48, 1-18.
  • Hills, P., Pake, J.M., Dempsey, J.R. and Lewis, M.B., 2018. Exploring the contribution of motivation and experience in the post-pubescent own-gender bias in face recognition. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.
  • Hills, P.J. and Pake, J.M., 2013. Eye-tracking the own-race bias in face recognition: Revealing the perceptual and socio-cognitive mechanisms. Cognition, 129, 586-597.
  • Hills, P.J., 2012. A developmental study of the own-age face recognition bias in children. Developmental psychology, 48, 499.
  • Hills, P.J., Ross, D.A. and Lewis, M.B., 2011. Attention misplaced: the role of diagnostic features in the face-inversion effect. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 37, 1396.
  • Hills, P.J., Werno, M.A. and Lewis, M.B., 2011. Sad people are more accurate at face recognition than happy people. Consciousness and cognition, 20, 1502-1517.
  • Hills, P.J., Holland, A.M. and Lewis, M.B., 2010. Aftereffects for face attributes with different natural variability: Children are more adaptable than adolescents. Cognitive Development, 25, 278-289.
  • Hills, P.J. and Lewis, M.B., 2009. A spatial frequency account of the detriment that local processing of Navon letters has on face recognition. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 35, 1427.
  • Hills, P.J., 2014. The development of face recognition: Experimental evidence for maturation. Cognitive Development: Theories, Stages and Processes and Challenges. 145-188.

Journal Articles

  • Murray, E., Hills, P.J., Bennetts, R.J. and Bate, S., 2018. Identifying Hallmark Symptoms of Developmental Prosopagnosia for Non-Experts. Scientific Reports, 8 (1).
  • Hills, P.J. and Lewis, M.B., 2018. The development of face expertise: Evidence for a qualitative change in processing. Cognitive Development, 48, 1-18.
  • Hills, P., Pake, J.M., Dempsey, J.R. and Lewis, M.B., 2018. Exploring the contribution of motivation and experience in the post-pubescent own-gender bias in face recognition. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.
  • McAlaney, J., Hills, P., Cole, T., Skinner, R. and Thomson, S., 2018. Sexual assault and campus culture. Psychologist, 31 (5), 7-8.
  • Hills, P.J. and Hill, D.M., 2017. Sad people are more accurate at expression identification with a smaller own-ethnicity bias than happy people. Q J Exp Psychol (Hove), 1-30.
  • Hills, P.J., Mileva, M., Thompson, C. and Pake, J.M., 2017. Carryover of scanning behaviour affects upright face recognition differently to inverted face recognition. VISUAL COGNITION, 24 (9-10), 459-472.
  • Man, T.W. and Hills, P.J., 2017. Eye-tracking the own-gender bias in face recognition: Other-gender faces are viewed differently to own-gender faces. VISUAL COGNITION, 24 (9-10), 447-458.
  • Hills, P.J., Marquardt, Z., Young, I. and Goodenough, I., 2017. Explaining sad people's memory advantage for faces. Frontiers in Psychology, 8 (FEB).
  • Valentine, T., Lewis, M.B. and Hills, P.J., 2016. Face-space: A unifying concept in face recognition research. QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY, 69 (10), 1996-2019.
  • Hills, P.J. and Willis, S.F.L., 2016. Children view own-age faces qualitatively differently to other-age faces. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 28 (5), 601-610.
  • Hills, P.J., Thompson, C., Jones, S.P., Piech, R.M., Painter, L. and Pake, J.M., 2016. Attentional modulation of the carry over of eye-movements between tasks. Acta Psychol (Amst), 167, 1-15.
  • Hills, P.J., Eaton, E. and Pake, J.M., 2016. Correlations between psychometric schizotypy, scan path length, fixations on the eyes and face recognition. QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY, 69 (4), 611-625.
  • Jones, L.A., Hills, P.J., Dick, K.M., Jones, S.P. and Bright, P., 2016. Cognitive mechanisms associated with auditory sensory gating. Brain and Cognition, 102, 33-45.
  • Thompson, C., Howting, L. and Hills, P., 2015. The transference of visual search between two unrelated tasks: Measuring the temporal characteristics of carry-over. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.
  • Thompson, C., Howting, L. and Hills, P., 2015. The transference of visual search between two unrelated tasks: Measuring the temporal characteristics of carry-over. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 68 (11), 2255-2273.
  • Laurence, S., Hole, G.J. and Hills, P.J., 2014. Lecturers' faces fatigue their students: Face identity aftereffects for dynamic and static faces. Visual Cognition, 22 (8), 1072-1083.
  • Laurence, S., Hole, G.J. and Hills, P.J., 2014. Lecturers’ faces fatigue their students: Face identity aftereffects for dynamic and static faces. Visual Cognition, 22, 1072-1083.
  • Hills, P.J. and Pake, J.M., 2013. Eye-tracking the own-race bias in face recognition: Revealing the perceptual and socio-cognitive mechanisms. Cognition, 129, 586-597.
  • Hills, P.J., Cooper, R.E. and Pake, J.M., 2013. First fixations in face processing: The more diagnostic they are the smaller the face-inversion effect. Acta psychologica, 142, 211-219.
  • Hills, P.J., Cooper, R.E. and Pake, J.M., 2013. Removing the own-race bias in face recognition by attentional shift using fixation crosses to diagnostic features: An eye-tracking study. Visual Cognition, 21, 876-898.
  • Hills, P.J., 2013. Aftereffects in face processing. Frontiers in psychology, 4.
  • Hills, P.J., Sullivan, A.J. and Pake, J.M., 2012. Aberrant first fixations when looking at inverted faces in various poses: The result of the centre-of-gravity effect? British Journal of Psychology, 103, 520-538.
  • Hills, P.J., 2012. A developmental study of the own-age face recognition bias in children. Developmental psychology, 48, 499.
  • Walton, B.R.P. and Hills, P.J., 2012. Face distortion aftereffects in personally familiar, famous, and unfamiliar faces. Frontiers in psychology, 3.
  • Hills, P.J. and Lewis, M.B., 2012. FIAEs in famous faces are mediated by type of processing. Frontiers in psychology, 3.
  • Hills, P.J., Ross, D.A. and Lewis, M.B., 2011. Attention misplaced: the role of diagnostic features in the face-inversion effect. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 37, 1396.
  • Hills, P.J., Werno, M.A. and Lewis, M.B., 2011. Sad people are more accurate at face recognition than happy people. Consciousness and cognition, 20, 1502-1517.
  • Hills, P.J. and Lewis, M.B., 2011. The own-age face recognition bias in children and adults. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 64, 17-23.
  • Hills, P.J. and Lewis, M.B., 2011. Sad people avoid the eyes or happy people focus on the eyes? Mood induction affects facial feature discrimination. British Journal of Psychology, 102, 260-274.
  • Hills, P.J. and Lewis, M.B., 2011. Reducing the own-race bias in face recognition by attentional shift using fixation crosses preceding the lower half of a face. Visual Cognition, 19, 313-339.
  • Hills, P.J., Elward, R.L. and Lewis, M.B., 2010. Cross-modal face identity aftereffects and their relation to priming. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 36, 876.
  • Ludlow, A., Heaton, P., Rosset, D., Hills, P. and Deruelle, C., 2010. Emotion recognition in children with profound and severe deafness: Do they have a deficit in perceptual processing? Journal of clinical and experimental neuropsychology, 32, 923-928.
  • Hills, P.J., Holland, A.M. and Lewis, M.B., 2010. Aftereffects for face attributes with different natural variability: Children are more adaptable than adolescents. Cognitive Development, 25, 278-289.
  • Hills, P.J. and Lewis, M.B., 2009. A spatial frequency account of the detriment that local processing of Navon letters has on face recognition. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 35, 1427.
  • Lewis, M.B., Mills, C., Hills, P.J. and Weston, N., 2009. Navon letters affect face learning and face retrieval. Experimental Psychology (formerly Zeitschrift für Experimentelle Psychologie), 56, 258-264.
  • Hills, P.J., Lewis, M.B. and Honey, R.C., 2008. Stereotype priming in face recognition: Interactions between semantic and visual information in face encoding. Cognition, 108, 185-200.
  • Hills, P.J. and Lewis, M.B., 2008. Testing alternatives to Navon letters to induce a transfer-inappropriate processing shift in face recognition. European Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 20, 561-576.
  • Hills, P.J., Elward, R.L. and Lewis, M.B., 2008. Identity adaptation is mediated and moderated by visualisation ability. Perception, 37, 1241.
  • Hills, P., 2007. Are you sitting on your materials? [9]. Psychologist, 20 (2), 81.
  • Hills, P.J. and Lewis, M.B., 2007. TEMPORAL LIMITATION OF NAVON EFFECT ON FACE RECOGNITION 1, 2. Perceptual and motor skills, 104, 501-509.
  • Hills, P.J. and Lewis, M.B., 2006. Reducing the own-race bias in face recognition by shifting attention. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 59, 996-1002.

Books

Chapters

  • Hills, P.J. and Mahabeer, A., 2017. The own-group biases in face recognition: One theory to explain them all? Face Processing: Systems, Disorders and Cultural Differences. 337-364.
  • Hills, P.J., 2014. The development of face recognition: Experimental evidence for maturation. Cognitive Development: Theories, Stages and Processes and Challenges. 145-188.

Conferences

  • Hills, P.J. and Lewis, M.B., 2005. Removing the own-race bias in face recognition by shifting attention. PION LTD 207 BRONDESBURY PARK, LONDON NW2 5JN, ENGLAND. 206.

Theses

PhD Students

  • Chloe Powell. Face recognition in patients with macular degeneration
  • Amanda Adams
  • Ebony Murray
  • Rachel Skinner, 2020. taying Safe: Empowering Informed Choices Regarding Online and Offline Sexual Behaviour in Young Adults

Profile of Teaching PG

  • Clinical and Cognitive Neuropsychology
  • Research Project

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Experimental Methods and Statistical Analyses
  • Project
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Controversies, Issues, and Psychological Skills
  • Experimental Methods and Statistical Analysis 2a

Invited Lectures

  • What can eye-movements tell us about the FIE, Sussex University, 09 May 2012 more
  • The development of face recognition, University of Central Lancashire, 17 Feb 2014 more

Grants

  • The influence of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation on the carryover of eye movements in natural scenes (Wellcome Trust, 05 Jun 2017). In Progress
  • Face recognition under social pressure (British Academy, 24 Apr 2017). Awarded
  • Neural Correlates of Response inhibition and Response Conflict and their relation with ADHD Symptomatology (Wellcome Trust, 06 Jun 2016). In Progress
  • Using tDCS to train participants to recognise faces (Enterprising Academics, 02 Jun 2014). Awarded
  • The effects of mood and anxiety on face recognition (Wellcome Trust, 02 Jun 2014). Completed
  • Individual differences in the carryover of eye movements in natural scenes (Experimental Psychology Society, 03 Jun 2013). Completed
  • Behavioural correlates of sensory gating in schizotypal personality (Wellcome Trust, 03 Jun 2013). Completed
  • Exploring and utilising students' perspectives on feedback: A mixed method, longitudinal approach (Higher Education Academy, 01 Jan 2013). Completed
  • Saccadic eye movements and the recognition abilities of children with and without dyslexia for upright and inverted faces. (Wellcome Trust, 01 Jun 2012). Completed
  • Electrophysiological correlates of working memory (Wellcome Trust, 01 Jul 2011). Completed
  • Carryover of scanning behaviour in natural scenes (Nuffield Foundation, 01 Jun 2011). Completed
  • The effects of personal involvement in face recognition (Experimental Psychology Society, 02 May 2011). Completed
  • Training methods in facial image comparison (Home Office Scientific Development Bureau, 03 Jan 2011). Completed
  • Development of face recognition: Learning to become an expert (ESRC, 24 Sep 2003). Completed

External Responsibilities

  • University of Wales Trinity Saint David/ Prifysgol Cymru Y Drindod Dewi Sant, External Examiner (2017-2021)
  • Leeds Beckit University, External Examiner (2014-2017)

Internal Responsibilities

  • Head of Education, Department of Psychology Teaching Committee
  • Committee member, Generic Criteria Review Group
  • Committee Member (Student Data), Psychology Department Athena Swan Committee
  • Acting Head of Department, Psychology Department

Conference Presentations

  • Experimental Psychology Society, Individual differences in face processing, 16 Jul 2014, Newcastle
  • Experimental Psychology Society, The FIAE results in permanent changes to the representation of facial identity, 03 Jul 2013, Bangor
  • Higher Education Academy STEM Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, Exploring and utilising students' perspectives on feedback: A mixed method, longitudinal approach, 30 Apr 2014, Oxford
  • Division of Educational and Child Psychology Annual Professional Development Conference, Exploring and utilising students' perspectives on feedback., 08 Jan 2014, Oxford
  • BPS Joint Cognitive and Developmental Sections Conference, Eye-tracking face recognition in children: effects of age, familiarity, and orientation, 04 Sep 2013, Reading
  • Experimental Psychology Society, Carryover of scanning behaviour in natural scenes: Vertical carryover slows upright face identification but speeds up inverted face identification, 11 Apr 2012, Hull
  • Experimental Psychology Society, The effect of interaction belief on recognition memory for human faces, 11 Apr 2012, Hull
  • Experimental Psychology Society, Eye-tracking the own-race bias in face perception, 07 Jul 2011, Nottingham
  • Experimental Psychology Society, The behavioural and electrophysiological correlates of facial structure: evidence from inversion, familiarity, and the removal of the eyes, 07 Jul 2011, Nottingham
  • Experimental Psychology Society, ). Facial features of another race: Their effect on the own-race bias in face recognition, 06 Jan 2011, London
  • Experimental Psychology Society, One year’s experience is sufficient to develop the own-age bias in face recognition, 07 Jul 2010, Manchester
  • Experimental Psychology Society, Eye-tracking the own-race and own-gender biases, 07 Jul 2010, Manchester
  • British Psychological Society Cognitive Section, Aberrant eye-movements when recognising inverted faces, 06 Sep 2010, Cardiff
  • Experimental Society Conference, Face distortion after effects produced by parent, familiar and unfamiliar faces, 06 Jan 2010, London
  • Experimental Psychology Society, Happy people are less accurate at face recognition than sad people, 08 Jul 2009, York
  • Experimental Psychology Society, What’s the difference between George Bush and Tony Blair? Adaptation to identity specific information, 17 Apr 2007, Cardiff
  • Psychonomic Society Conference, Processing small, high contrast letters reduces face recognition accuracy, 16 Aug 2006, Houston, TX
  • BPS Verbal Overshadowing Symposium, Understanding the Navon effect in face recognition, 14 Jul 2006, Leeds
  • European Conference on Visual Perception, Removing the own-race bias by shifting attention, 29 Aug 2005, La Coruna, Spain
  • BPS Cognitive Section, Stereotype priming in the recognition of unfamiliar faces, 06 Jul 2005, Leeds
  • Experimental Psychology Society, The relationship between N2, response inhibition, and response conflict: The importance of task complexity, 08 Apr 2015, Leeds
  • Experimental Psychology Society Annual Conference, The effects of social pressure on face recognition., 12 Jul 2017, Reading
  • Experimental Psychology Society Annual Conference, Correlating endophenotypes of schizophrenia: sensory gating, smooth pursuit eye movements, attentional blink, and schzotypal traits., 12 Jul 2017, Reading
  • European Conference of Visual Perception, Smooth pursuit and saccades work to maintain tracking during naturalistic ball bouncing., 27 Aug 2017, Berlin
  • European Society for Cognitive Psychology Conference, Attentional Inertia: Persistence of top-down search settings due to poor inhibitory control., 03 Sep 2017, Potsdam

Attended Training

  • Inspiring Leaders, 10 Nov 2015
  • Appraisal Training, 08 Jun 2016
  • Religious Literacy Training, 16 Feb 2016
  • Introduction to QAEG, 24 Feb 2016
  • SPM Training, 08 Mar 2016
  • Employment Law Masterclass, 03 Dec 2015
  • Promoting Dignity and Diversity, 25 Nov 2015
  • The ideal Student Experience, 04 Nov 2015
  • Teaching Research Methods, 21 Apr 2016
  • Creating Critical Thinkers, 17 Jun 2016
  • Cohort Identity, 14 Oct 2015
  • Mental Health First Aid, 18 Jan 2017, Mental Health First Aid
  • Academic Leadership - A2, 24 May 2017

Qualifications

  • PhD in Psychology (Cardiff University (University of Wales), 2008)
  • MSc in Social Science Research Methods (Cardiff University (University of Wales), 2004)
  • BSc (Hons) in Psychology (Cardiff University (University of Wales), 2003)
  • PGCert (HE) in Higher Education Teaching (Anglia Ruskin University, 2009)

Memberships

  • Experimental Psychology Society, Member (2009-),
  • Higher Education Academy, Fellow (2009-),
  • Psychonomics Society, Member (2017-),
  • Vision Sciences Society, Member (2013-),

External Media and Press

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