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Professor Nicholas Donnelly BA, PhD

Professor of Cognitive Psychology

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Professor Nicholas Donnelly is Professor of Cognitive Psychology within Psychology at the University of Southampton.

Research Fellow, University of London

Research Fellow, University of Birmingham

Lecturer, University of Kent

Senior Lecturer, University of Kent

Senior Lecturer, University of Southampton (1999)

Reader, University of Southampton

Professor of Cognitive Psychology, University of Southampton

I was Head of School from 2005 to 2015.


BA (hons) Psychology, University of Wales

PhD, University of Wales





Research interests

My research interests span a broad range of issues in visual cogntion. I've published papers on the basic psychological and neural mechanisms of face perception, visual grouping and visual search. I've also explored how these processes operate in the real world in the context of searching for threat objects in x-ray images.

Research group(s)

Centre for Vision and Cognition (CVC)

Research project(s)

Delay training for ADHD

Colour coding in digital displays

Emotion discrimination in anxiety and prosopagnosia

Detecting threats in real-world environments

Configural processing

Eye movements in special populations

Visual search for multiple targets

Visual search and the prevalence effect


Book Section(s)


  • PY1015, classic studies in psychology
  • PY3044, eye movements and cognition.
  • Project supervision, MSc and PhD supervisions.
Professor Nicholas Donnelly
Building 44 Highfield Campus University of Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 44/3001

Telephone: (023) 8059 2586
Facsimile: (023) 8059 4597

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