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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 the ill-health effects of exposure to neurotoxic compounds (particularly organophosphates) in terms of general cognitive deficits and mood disorder.  I also have a more general interest in stress, anxiety and depression, and their measurement and manifestations in different cohorts (such as women in the perinatal period).  In addition, I am involved in research into the implementation and effectiveness of eHealth tools to promote mental health and wellbeing.

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

http://www.open.ac.uk/socialsciences/spsstutorial/index.php 

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Applied Cognitive Psychology Research GroupGroupFaculty of Social Sciences

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