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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. 

    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 'Friend Effects Framework'.

    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 PhD, or if you would like to be tested for prosopagnosia. 

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    Psychology, PhD, Swansea University

    Psychology, BSc, University of Stirling


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