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    I am mainly interested in neurodevelopmental conditions such as prosopagnosia, developmental coordination disorder and aphantasia and would be interested in any PhD that looks to compare cognitive abilities in these groups.

    However, I would also be intested in any PhD student looking to examine which personality traits predict why some people endorse terrorist actions to achieve their goals, e.g., climate change, politics, veganism, etc.

    PhD applications are generally open just before the end of the year and in the summer.


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    I'm a psychologist who is interested in vision in neurotypical and neuropsychological/neurodevelopmental groups. A significant proportion of this work has focused on individuals who suffer from developmental prosopagnosia, a lifelong condition characterised by severe difficulties recognising facial identity. Unfortunately, most of the people who believe they have prosopagnosia will not receive a diagnosis using current approaches to testing. I hope to remedy this through my latest research (Burns et al., 2022). 

    I am also interested in how we perceive a face when it is viewed with other faces nearby. This can often lead to a phenomenon called a cheerleader or friend effect, where the presence of others can make us appear more attractive or trustworthy. My recent paper (Burns et al., 2021, Cognition) drew many of these effects together in a framework that will help authors understand the myriad of influences on such phenomena.

    Please get in touch with me at burnse@edgehill.ac.uk if you have any questions about my work, would like to study for a fully funded PhD (open to candidates worldwide), or if you would like to be tested for prosopagnosia. PhD applications are often open near closing dates in January or summer. 

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Education/Academic qualification

    Psychology, PhD, Swansea University

    Psychology, BSc, University of Stirling


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