Psychology

Nicholas Donnelly

BA, PhD

Primary position:
Head of Academic Unit

Background

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 became Head of School in 2005.

 

BA (hons) Psychology, University of Wales

PhD, University of Wales

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Publications

The University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints)

Article

Meadmore, Katie, Liversedge, Simon P., Wenger, M. and Donnelly, Nick (2014) Exploring the relationship between response time, sensitivity and bias in categorical and coordinate visuospatial processes: evidence for hemispheric specialisation. Journal of Cognitive Psychology (In Press).
Richards, Helen J., Benson, Valerie, Donnelly, Nick and Hadwin, Julie A. (2014) Exploring the function of selective attention and hypervigilance for threat in anxiety. Clinical Psychology Review, 34, (1), 1-13. (doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2013.10.006).
Zurcher, Nicole R., Donnelly, Nick, Ophelie, Rogier, Russo, Britt, Hippolyte, Loyse, Hadwin, Julie A., Lemmonier, Erik and Hadjikhani, Nouchine (2013) It's all in the eyes: subcortical and cortical activation during grotesqueness perception in autism. PLoS ONE, 8, (1), 1-14. (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0054313).
Menneer, T., Stroud, Michael, J., Cave, Kyle R., Li, Xingshan, Godwin, H.J., Liversedge, Simon P. and Donnelly, Nick (2012) Search for two categories of target produces fewer fixations to target-color items. Journal of Experimental Psychology Applied, 18, (4), 404-418. (doi:10.1037/a0031032). (PMID:23294283).
Mestry, Natalie, Menneer, Tamaryn, Wenger, Michael, J. and Donnelly, Nick (2012) Identifying sources of configurality in three face processing tasks. Frontiers in Psychology, 3, 456. (doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00456 ).
Mestry, Natalie, Donnelly, Nick, Menneer, Tamaryn and McCarthy, Rosaleen A. (2012) Discriminating Thatcherised from typical faces in a case of prosopagnosia. Neuropsychologia, 50, 3410-3418. (doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2012.09.034).
Donnelly, Nick, Cornes, Katherine and Menneer, Tamaryn (2012) An examination of the processing capacity of features in the Thatcher illusion. Attention Perception & Psychophysics, 74, (7), 1475-1487. (doi:10.3758/s13414-012-0330-z). (PMID:22707354).
Harland, E.J., Liversedge, Simon P., Gillett, J.R., Mann, C.M, Kass, J., Godwin, H.J. and Donnelly, Nick (2012) Modes of Address in Pictorial Art: An eye movement case study of Edouard Manet’s painting A Bar at the Folies-Bergère to investigate art theories of absorption and viewer acknowledgment. Leonardo (In Press).
Stroud, Michael J., Menneer, Tamaryn, Cave, Kyle R. and Donnelly, Nick (2012) Using the dual-target cost to explore the nature of search target representations. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 38, (1), 113-122. (doi:10.1037/a0025887 ). (PMID:22004194).
Richards, Helen J., Hadwin, Julie A., Benson, Valerie, Wenger, Michael J. and Donnelly, Nick (2011) The influence of anxiety on processing capacity for threat detection. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 18, (5), 883-889. (doi:10.3758/s13423-011-0124-7).
Donnelly, Nick, Zucher, Nicole R., Cornes, Katherine, Snyder, Josh, Naik, Paulami, Hadwin, Julie A. and Hadjikhani, Nouchine (2011) Discriminating grotesque from typical faces: evidence from the Thatcher illusion. PLoS ONE, 6, (8), e23340. (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0023340).
Cornes, Katherine, Donnelly, Nick, Godwin, Hayward and Wenger, Michael J (2011) Perceptual and decisional factors influencing the discrimination of inversion in the Thatcher illusion. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 37, (3), 645-668. (doi:10.1037/a0020985).
Stroud, M.J. , Menneer, T., Cave, K.R., Donnelly, N. and Rayner, K. (2011) Search for multiple targets of different colours: misguided eye movements reveal a reduction of colour selectivity. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 25, (6), 971-982.
Godwin, H.J., Menneer, T., Cave, K.R., Helman, S., Way, R.L. and Donnelly, N. (2010) The impact of Relative Prevalence on dual-target search for threat items from airport X-ray screening. Acta Psychologica, 134, (1), 79-84. (doi:10.1016/j.actpsy.2009.12.009).
Cornes, K., Donnelly, N., Godwin, H.J. and Wenger, M.J. (2010) Perceptual and decisional factors influencing the discrimination of inversion in the Thatcher illusion. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance., 37, (3), 645-668. (doi:10.1037/a0020985).
Godwin, H.J., Menneer, T., Donnelly, N. and Cave, K.R. (2010) Dual-target search for high and low prevalence x-ray threat targets. Visual Cognition, 18, (10), 1439-1463. (doi:10.1080/13506285.2010.500605).
Richards, Helen, Benson, Valerie, Hadwin, Julie A., Wenger, Michael J. and Donnelly, Nick (2010) Exploring the relationship between anxiety and processing capacity for threat detection. Journal of Vision, 10, (7), 254. (doi:10.1167/10.7.254).
Menneer, T, Donnelly, N, Godwin, H. J. and Cave, K. R. (2010) High or low target prevalence increases the dual-target cost in visual search. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 16, (2), 133-144. (doi:10.1037/a0019569).
Donnelly, Nick, Menneer, Tamaryn, Cornes, Katherine, Mestry, Natalie and McCarthy, Rosaleen (2009) Detecting the Thatcher illusion in a case of prosopagnosia. [in special issue: Vision Sciences Society Meeting, 2009: Abstracts] Journal of Vision, 9, (8) (doi:10.1167/9.8.557).
Menneer, Tamaryn, Cave, Kyle R. and Donnelly, Nick (2009) The cost of search for multiple targets: effects of practice and target similarity. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 15, (2), 125-139. (doi:10.1037/a0015331).
Markomichali, Pavlina, Donnelly, Nick and Sonuga-Barke, Edmund J. (2009) Cognitive training for attention, inhibition and working memory deficits: a potential treatment for ADHD? Advances in ADHD, 3, (3), 89-96.
Hadwin, J.A., Donnelly, N., Richards, A., French, C.C. and Patel, U. (2008) Childhood anxiety and attention to emotion faces in a modified stroop task. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 27, (2), 487-494. (doi:10.1348/026151008X315503).
Menneer, Tamaryn, Barrett, Doug J.K., Phillips, Luke, Donnelly, Nick and Cave, Kyle R. (2007) Costs in searching for two targets: dividing search across target types could improve airport security screening. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 21, (7), 915-932. (doi:10.1002/acp.1305).
Richards, Anne, French, Christopher C., Nash, Gilly, Hadwin, Julie A. and Donnelly, Nick (2007) A comparison of selective attention and facial processing biases in typically developing children who are high and low in self-reported trait anxiety. Development and Psycholpathology, 19, (2), 481-495. (doi:10.1017/S095457940707023X).
Auckland, Mark E., Cave, Kyle R. and Donnelly, Nick (2007) Nontarget objects can influence perceptual processes during object recognition. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 14, (2), 332-337.
Donnelly, Nick, Cave, Kyle, Greenway, Rebecca, Hadwin, Julie A., Stevenson, Jim and Sonuga-Barke, Edmund (2007) Visual search in children and adults: top-down and bottom-up mechanisms. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 60, (1), 120-136. (doi:10.1080/17470210600625362).
Welland, Michael, Donnelly, Nick and Menneer, Tammy (2006) Are we properly using our brains in seismic interpretation? The Leading Edge, 25, (2), 142-144. (doi:10.1190/1.2172303).
Parton, A., Donner, T.H., Donnelly, N. and Usher, M. (2006) Perceptual grouping based on temporal structure: Impact of subliminal flicker and visual transients. Visual Cognition, 13, (4), 481-502. (doi:10.1080/13506280544000219).
Davies, C.L., Tompkinson, W., Donnelly, N., Gordon, L. and Cave, K.R., Roda, Claudia and Thomas, Julie (eds.) (2006) Visual Saliency as an aid to updating digital maps. Computers in Human Behaviour, 22, (4), 672-684. (doi:10.1016/j.chb.2005.12.014).
Stevenage, Sarah V., Lee, Elizabeth A. and Donnelly, Nick (2005) The role of familiarity in a face classification task using thatcherized faces. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology: Section A, 58, (6), 1103-1118. (doi:10.1080/02724980443000494).
Rouse, Helen, Donnelly, Nick, Hadwin, Julie A. and Brown, Tony (2004) Do children with autism perceive second-order relational features? The case of the Thatcher illusion. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines, 45, (7), 1246-1257. (doi:10.1111/j.1469-7610.2004.00317.x).
Lopez, Beatiz, Donnelly, Nick, Hadwin, Julie A. and Leekam, Susan R. (2004) Face processing in high-functioning adolescents with autism: Evidence for weak central coherence. Visual Cognition, 11, (6), 673-688. (doi:10.1080/13506280344000437).
Menneer, Tammy, Phillips, Luke, Donnelly, Nick, Barrett, Doug J.K. and Cave, Kyle R. (2004) Search efficiency for multiple targets. Cognitive Technology, 9, (2), 22-25.
Guest, Richard, Donnelly, Nick, Fairhurst, Michael and Potter, Jonathan (2004) Using image analysis techniques to analyse figure-copying performance of patients with visuospatial neglect and control groups. Behavior Research Methods, Instruments and Computers, 36, (2), 347-354.
Hadwin, Julie A., Donnelly, Nick, French, Christopher C., Richards, Anne, Watts, Antonia and Daley, Dave (2003) The influences of children's self-report trait anxiety and depression on visual search for emotional faces. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 44, (3), 432 - 444. (doi:10.1111/1469-7610.00133).
Donnelly, Nick, Hadwin, Julie A., Cave, Kyle and Stevenage, Sarah (2003) Perceptual dominance of oriented faces mirrors the distribution of orientation tunings in inferotemporal neurons. Cognitive Brain Research, 17, (3), 771-780. (doi:10.1016/S0926-6410(03)00201-5).
Donnelly, Nick, Found, Andrew and Muller, Hermann J. (1999) Searching for impossible objects: processing form and attributes in early vision. Perception and Psychophysics, 61, (4), 675-690.
Donnelly, Nick and Davidoff, Jules (1999) The mental representations of faces and houses: Issues concerning parts and wholes. Visual Cognition, 6, (3-4), 319-344. (doi:10.1080/135062899395000).
Usher, Marius and Donnelly, Nick (1998) Visual synchrony affects binding and segmentation in perception. Nature, 394, (6689), 179-182. (doi:10.1038/28166).
Donnelly, N., Weekes, B., Humphreys, G. W. and Albon, A. (1998) Processes involved in the computation of a shape description. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 24, 1119-1130.

Book Section

Donnelly, N., Hadwin, J.A., Menneer, T. and Richards, H.J. (2010) The Use of Visual Search Paradigms to Understand Attentional Biases in Childhood Anxiety. In, Information Processing Biases and Anxiety: A Developmental Perspective. , John Wiley and Sons Ltd.
Menneer, T., Stroud, M.J., Cave, K.R., Donnelly, N. and Rayner, K. (2008) Eye movements in search for multiple targets. In, Rayner, Keith, Shen, Deli, Bai, Xuejun and Yan, Guoli (eds.) Cognitive and Cultural Influences on Eye Movements. London, UK, Psychology Press.
Donnelly, N., Cave, K.R., Welland, M. and Menneer, T. (2006) Breast screen, chicken sexing, and the search for oil: challenges for visual cognition. In, Allen, M.R., Goffey, G.P., Morgan, R.K. and Walker, I.M. (eds.) The Deliberate Search for the Stratigraphic Trap. London, UK, Geological Society of London, 43-55. (GSL Special Publications, 254).

Conference or Workshop Item

Jones, Matthew O., Godwin, Hayward J., Reynolds, Paul, Mann, Carl M., Riggs, Charlotte, Donnelly , Nick and Liversedge, Simon P. (2012) Perambulatory eye-tracking using the EyeCalibrator system. At Pervasive Eye Tracking and Mobile Eye-Based Interaction 2012, Pittsburgh, US,
Kass, Jason, Mann, Carl, Harland, Beth, Gillett, John, Godwin, Hayward, Liversedge, Simon and Donnelly, Nick (2012) Using eye-movements and verbalization to investigate spectatorship in Edouard Manet’s painting (1882) ‘A Bar at the Folies-Bergère’. At 1st Visual Science of Art Conference, Alghero (l'Alguer), IT,
Mestry, Natalie, Menneer, Tamaryn, Godwin, Hayward, McCarthy, Rosaleen and Donnelly, Nicholas (2010) Are deficits in emotional face processing preventing perception of the Thatcher illusion in a case of prosopagnosia? UNSPECIFIED , 588. (doi:10.1167/10.7.588 ).
Godwin, H.J., Donnelly, Nick and Liversedge, Simon P. (2010) Eye movements and eye tracking: mobile solutions for complex problems. At London Technology Network & Royal United Services Institute: Sparking Innovation in Science & Technology for Security Annual Conference, London, GB, 23 Jun 2010.
Godwin, H.J., Menneer, T., Cave, K.R., Cutler, V. and Donnelly, N. (2009) The prevalence effect is imbalanced: it is stronger for high target presentation rates, than for low. At Vision Sciences Society Annual Conference, Naples Park, US,
Godwin, H.J., Menneer, T. and Donnelly, Nick (2009) Job design factors impacting the performance of screening personnel: the optimisation of TIP rates. At The Human Factors in Transport Security Academic Forum, Oxford, GB,
Godwin, H.J., Donnelly, Nick, Liversedge, Simon P. and Menneer, T. (2009) Job design factors impacting the performance of screening personnel: improving the screening task using eye movements. At The Human Factors in Transport Security Academic Forum, Oxford, GB,
Godwin, H.J., Menneer, T., Way, R.L., Cave, K.R. and Donnelly, Nick (2008) Examining the cause of the target prevalence effect in visual search. At British Psychological Society: Cognitive Section Annual Conference, Southampton, GB,
Godwin, H.J., Menneer, T., Cave, K. R. and Donnelly, Nick (2008) First steps towards understanding visual search and environmental distraction. At British Psychological Society: Cognitive Section Annual Conference, Southampton, GB,
Godwin, H.J., Menneer, T., Cave, K. R., Helman, S., Way, R. L. and Donnelly, Nick (2008) Don’t distract the searcher: search performance for X-ray security screening images is reduced with the addition of a simple mental arithmetic task. At Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting, Naples, US,
Godwin, H.J., Menneer, T., Helman, S. and Donnelly, Nick (2007) Investigating the impact of searching for multiple infrequent threat items upon visual search performance in X-ray baggage images. At The Human Factors in Transport Security Academic Forum, Oxford, GB,
Godwin, H.J., Menneer, T., Helman, S., Cave, K. R. and Donnelly, Nick (2007) In difficult visual search, high frequency targets are found at the expense of low frequency targets. At The Vision Sciences Society Annual Conference,
Donnelly, Nick, Menneer, T., Godwin, H.J., Stroud, M. and Cave, K. R. (2006) Searching for multiple items in X-ray baggage search. At InterTag, Zurich, Switzerland,
 

Research

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.

Primary research group:  Centre for Vision and Cognition (CVC)

Research projects

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

Teaching Responsibilities

During my headship, my teaching activities are reduced but I still teach a unit and seminar in the first year of the undergraduate programme as well as supervising dissertations and projects in year 3. I also teach on the MSc Research Methods course and extensive PhD supervision.

Contact

Professor Nicholas Donnelly
Building 44
Highfield Campus
University of Southampton
SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 44/3001

Telephone: (023) 8059 2586
Facsimile: (023) 8059 4597
Email: N.Donnelly@soton.ac.uk