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Dr Ashley E. Symons BA, MSc, PhD

Postdoctoral researcher

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Dr. Ashley Symons is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Southampton investigating face and voice recognition as part of the Hummingbird Project.

I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of California, Davis, before moving to the U.K. for my Masters in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of York, and my PhD at the University of Manchester. My research interests include how social information (e.g. identity, emotion, and speech) is expressed and perceived through faces, bodies, and voices.

I joined the University of Southampton in March 2018 as a postdoctoral researcher on the Hummingbird Project. The aim of this project is to improve the accuracy of biometric analysis through the understanding and implementation of human strategies for face and voice recognition. Under the supervision of Professor Sarah Stevenage, my main responsibilities within the project include reviewing human capabilities in face recognition, and conducting experimental studies examining human capabilities in voice recognition. In addition, I will be leading on public outreach events, and will be the main point of contact for social media activities.


BA Psychology, University of California Davis 2013

MSc Cognitive Neuroscience, University of York 2015

PhD Psychology, University of Manchester 2018

Research interests

My research interests are focused on social perception and communication. I am particularly interested in how social information – such as emotion, identity, and speech – is detected and integrated in the human brain. My current work in the Hummingbird Project focuses on how humans recognise one another through faces and voices.

Research group

Centre for Vision and Cognition (CVC)

Dr Ashley E. Symons
Building 44 Highfield Campus University of Southampton SO17 1BJ

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