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Dr Gini Harrison

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Psychology
  • Psychology
  • gini.harrison

Research interests

I am an applied cognitive researcher working across various different domains.  Most of this work is carried out within two broad areas: clinical psychology, and forensic and criminal justice work.

My clinical work focuses on investigating the impact of exposure to neurotoxic compounds on general cognitive and psychiatric functioning, with a specific focus on the ill-health effects of organophosphate exposure.

My more forensic research examines how well people perform as witnesses (i.e. in terms of face recognition). I am particularly interested in how we become experts in face recognition, how this changes with age, and what cognitive and neural mechanisms and/or social behaviours may underlie this expertise. Of additional interest to me is how social interest and exposure to certain groups of people may affect our ability to recognise them.  I also carry out work examining police attitudes towards line-up procedures and investigating potential barriers to implementing more evidence-based policing.

Teaching interests

I have been part of the presentation teams for the following modules:

  • Investigating Psychology 2 (DE200)
  • Exploring psychology (DSE212)
  • Cognitive psychology (DD303)
  • Advanced experimental design and analysis (D841)
  • Research methods dissertation in social science (D845)

I have also played a key role in the production of the following modules:

  • Investigating Psychology 1 (DE100)
  • Investigating Psychology 2 (DE200)
  • Investigating Psychology 3 (DE300)

I am also responsible for overseeing the Research Methods teaching across the entire Psychology qualification.  You can find my open access SPSS tutorials here: 

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Applied Cognitive Psychology Research GroupGroupFaculty of Social Sciences


Anxiety and depression following cumulative low-level exposure to organophosphate pesticides (2016-11)
Harrison, Virginia and Mackenzie Ross, Sarah
Environmental Research, 151 (pp. 528-536)
What’s your poison? Neurobehavioural consequences of exposure to industrial, agricultural and environmental chemicals (2016-01-21)
Mackenzie Ross, Sarah and Harrison, Virginia
Cortex, 74 (pp. 353-357)
An emerging concern: Toxic fumes in airplane cabins (2016-01)
Harrison, Virginia and Mackenzie Ross, Sarah J.
Cortex, 74 (pp. 297-302)
Reflections on the process of using systematic review techniques to evaluate the literature regarding the neurotoxicity of low level exposure to organophosphate pesticides (2015-07)
Mackenzie Ross, Sarah; McManus, Chris; Harrison, Virginia and Mason, Oliver
Environment International, 92-93 (pp. 569-573)
Effects of mental health self-efficacy on outcomes of a mobile phone and web intervention for mild-to-moderate depression, anxiety and stress: secondary analysis of a randomised controlled trial. (2014-09-26)
Clarke, Janine; Proudfoot, Judith; Birch, Mary Rose; Whitton, Alexis E.; Parker, Gordon; Manicavasagar, Vijaya; Harrison, Virginia; Christensen, Helen and Hadzi-Pavlovic, Dusan
BMC Psychiatry, 14, Article 272(1)
Impact of a mobile phone and web program on symptom and functional outcomes for people with mild-to-moderate depression, anxiety and stress: a randomised controlled trial. (2013-11-18)
Proudfoot, Judith; Clarke, Janine; Birch, Mary-Rose; Whitton, Alexis; Parker, Gordon; Manicavasagar, Vijaya; Harrison, Virginia; Christensen, Helen and Hadzi-Pavlovic, Dusan
BMC Psychiatry, 13(1) (pp. 312-324)
Neurobehavioral problems following low-level exposure to organophosphate pesticides: a systematic and meta-analytic review (2013-01)
Mackenzie-Ross, Sarah; McManus, I. C.; Harrison, Virginia and Mason, Oliver
Critical Reviews in Toxicology, 43(1) (pp. 21-44)
Cognitive function following reported exposure to contaminated air on commercial aircraft: methodological considerations for future researchers (2011-12-30)
Mackenzie Ross, Sarah; Harrison, Virginia; Madeley, Laura; Davis, Kavus; Abraham-Smith, Kelly; Hughes, Tessa and Mason, Oliver
Journal of Biological Physics and Chemistry, 11(4) (pp. 180-191)
Mobile mental health: review of the emerging field and proof of concept study (2011-12)
Harrison, Virginia; Proudfoot, Judith; Wee, Pang Ping; Parker, Gordon; Hadzi Pavlovic, Dusan and Manicavasagar, Vijaya
Journal of Mental Health, 20(6) (pp. 509-524)
Neuropsychological and psychiatric functioning in sheep farmers exposed to low levels of organophosphate pesticides (2010-07)
Mackenzie Ross, Sarah Jane; Brewin, Chris Ray; Curran, Helen Valerie; Furlong, Clement Eugene; Abraham-Smith, Kelly Michelle and Harrison, Virginia
Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 32(4) (pp. 452-459)
Evidence for a contact-based explanation of the own-age bias in face recognition (2009)
Harrison, Virginia and Hole, Graham J.
Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 16(2) (pp. 264-269)
Cognitive impairment following exposure to organophosphate pesticides: a pilot study (2007)
Mackenzie Ross, S.; Clark, J.; Harrison, Virginia and Abraham, K.
Journal of Occupational Health & Safety-Australia & New Zealand, 23(2) (pp. 133-142)
Expertise and the Own-Age Bias in Face Recognition (2011-06)
Harrison, Virginia
PhD thesis University of Sussex

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