Dr Kay Ritchie

    Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology

    School of Psychology
    College of Social Science

    About Kay Ritchie

    I am a Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology and joined the department in September 2016. Prior to this, I was a postdoc with Mike Burton in York and Aberdeen for around 4 years, working on face recognition projects funded by the ESRC and ERC. I also worked in the Face Lab at the University of Western Australia for four months at the end of my postdoc.

    I work on face perception. My research interests span three areas:
    1. Face recognition and face learning
    2. Social information conveyed in faces
    3. How faces modulate visual attention and awareness

    Department Responsibilities

    - Cognition (2nd year)
    - Brain & Behaviour (2nd year)

    Group teaching:
    - Research skills (2nd year)
    - Tutor groups

    - Research internship (2nd year)
    - Dissertation projects (undergraduate & postgraduate)

    - School of Psychology Digital Lead
    - Athena Swan committee member
    - Digital standing group (University)
    - Ethics ad hoc reviewer
    - Student conference organiser (2018- )

    Subject Specialism

    Face processing


    • PhD — University of Aberdeen, 2013
    • MA (undergraduate) — University of Aberdeen, 2009


    • Endeavour Research Fellowship — Australian Department of Education, 2016

    Professional Affiliations

    External Activities and Consultancy


    Public Groups:
    - LiGHTS
    - The Community Lab (ESRC funded event for Festival of Social Sciences, 2017)
    - Natural History Museum exhibit (2017)

    Applied Groups:
    - Unfamiliar Face Recognition group - speaker (Sydney 2017)
    - Face Recognition at its Best workshop - panel member (London 2017)

    Research Interests

    Research Group Memberships

    Research Projects

    • Improving police line-ups: The effect of multiple face images at memory retrieval — Awarded £3,500 by Experimental Psychology Society in 2017
    • The Community Lab (public engagement event) — Awarded £998 by ESRC in 2017
    • Familiar faces in visual awareness (with Kayleigh Brenchley - undergraduate) — Awarded £1,000 by University of Lincoln Undergraduate Research Opportunities Scheme in 2017
    • Visual awareness of familiar faces — Awarded £4,510 by University of Lincoln, College Research Fund in 2016
    • Learning attractiveness from faces — Awarded £12,500 by Australian Department of Education in 2016

    Research in the Lincoln Repository

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