Chris’s research interests mainly involve language processing, such as the importance of word-beginning letters (e.g., words such as ‘dwarf’ with very unusual beginnings vs. words like ‘clown’ with very common beginnings), how we read “text-speak” and how we unscramble jumbled letters in misspelled words. Chris also has research interests relating to face processing (especially the role of distinctive features such as tattoos and scars), cyberpsychology (such as online impression formation, social networking and cyber-harassment), and the role of psychology within the criminal justice system.
Chris has conducted research using a variety of techniques including: reaction time measures, eye movement recording, and recording electrical brain activity.
Chris has a 1st Class honours degree in Psychology from the University of Glasgow (2005), an M.Sc. (with distinction) in Research Methods of Psychology (University of Glasgow, 2006). Chris has a PhD in Psychology (University of Glasgow, 2010), which investigated features involved in accessing word identities and integrating them into developing sentence structures.