My current research interests lie in understanding the short- and long-term behavioural effects of playing video games. I'm also interested in the interaction between scientists and the media, and particularly how scientific research (for example, about video games) gets picked up in the mainstream news. I coordinate the science blogs network for the Guardian, where I also write the psychology blog Head Quarters.
Previously, I received a first-class BSc in Psychology from Bristol in 2006, followed by a Masters in Research Methods the year after. The dissertations for both of these degrees looked at how motion information is (or isn't) used during visual search. I completed a PhD in 2011 under the supervision of Dr Chris Benton, Professor Iain Gilchrist and Dr Casimir Ludwig. My thesis looked at how the human visual system uses velocity information about a moving target when generating orienting saccadic eye movements. Following that, I worked as a post-doctoral research assistant in the Bristol Vision Institution Motion Laboratory (M-Lab) with Professor Ian Penton-Voak, Dr Andrew Clark and Dr Jeremy Burn. The project looked at biomechanical, social and evolutionary factors that underpin the perception of attractiveness and personality in human gait.
- BSc(Hons) University of Bristol
- MSc University of Bristol
- PhD University of Bristol
Membership of Professional Bodies
Member, Association of British Science Writers
Life member, Applied Vision Association
Science communication/science writing
Research Publications and Outputs
Number of items: 11.
Etchells, P and Howell, E and Penton-Voak, I (2012) 'The sexual overperception bias is associated with sociosexuality.'Personality and Individual Differences, 53 (8). pp. 1012-1016. ISSN 0191-8869
Etchells, P and Benton, C and Ludwig, C and Gilchrist, I (2011) 'Testing a simplified method for measuring velocity integration in saccades using a manipulation of target contrast.'Frontiers in Psychology, 2 (115). ISSN 1664-1078
Etchells, P and Benton, C and Ludwig, C and Gilchrist, I (2010) 'The target velocity integration function for saccades.'Journal of Vision, 10 (6). ISSN 1534-7362
Etchells, P and Duensing, S and Heard, P and Perks, L and Haigh, S and Leonards, U (2009) 'Eye movements of science centre visitors.'Perception, 38. p. 167. ISSN 1468-4233
Etchells, P and Benton, C and Ludwig, C and Gilchrist, I (2009) 'Intercepting moving targets: estimating motion integration and saccadic dead time.'Journal of Vision, 9 (8). p. 428. ISSN 1534-7362
Etchells, P and Benton, C and Ludwig, C and Gilchrist, I (2008) 'Hitting a moving target: interaction between 'when' and 'where' in saccade programming.'Perception, 37. p. 132. ISSN 1468-4233
Etchells, P and Benton, C and Porter, G and Clark, A and Penton-Voak, I and Nikolov, S (2007) 'Turning the other cheek: the viewpoint dependence of facial expression after-effects.'Proceedings B, 274 (1622). pp. 2131-2137. ISSN 1471-2954
Etchells, P and Scott-Samuel, N and Leonards, U (2006) 'Is visual search more efficient in dynamic environments?'Perception, 35. p. 64. ISSN 1468-4233
Conference or Workshop Item
Etchells, P (2014) How to build your profile as a scientist? In: SpotOn London 2014, 14-15 November 2014, Wellcome Trust, London.
Etchells, P (2009) Etchells on McCloskey: visual reflections: a perceptual deficit and its implications [book review].Perception, 38 (9). pp. 1420-1421. ISSN 1468-4233
Etchells, P (2007) Meese/Etchells on Snowden, Thompson, Troscianko: Basic vision: an introduction to visual perception [book review].Perception, 36 (1). pp. 161-162. ISSN 1468-4233
Other External Roles
Associate Editor for AIMS Neuroscience
Associate Editor for BMC Psychology
Science blogger for the Guardian
Science blogs network coordinator for the Guardian