Natalie is a Lecturer in Psychology in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Law at Teesside University. She studied her first degree in Psychology at the University of Manchester where she stayed on to complete an EPSRC funded PhD within the Cognitive and Cognitive Neuroscience Research Group. Her PhD, completed in 2009, investigated the effect of facial motion information on the recognition of same and other race faces.
Natalie's research interests focus on understanding the various factors that impact on our ability to recognise a face. Her research has a strong focus on the importance of dynamic (motion) information and race in the recognition of familiar and unfamiliar faces. Her research investigates the effect of these factors in both typical and developmental prosopagnosia (faceblind) populations, often using eye-tracking methods.
Laura is a Graduate Tutor and PhD student in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Law at Teeside University. She studied her first degree in Psychology at the University of Manchester, before completing an MSc in Health Psychology at Teesside University. She is currently studying for a PhD at Teesside University, under the supervision of Dr Natalie Butcher and Dr Jonathon Reay.
Laura's current research focusses on how individual differences in biological motion processing and emotion recognition can impact upon static and dynamic face recognition. She is exploring these factors in both typical and developmental prosopagnosia (face blind) populations.