My current research examines how we learn through simple exposure with a stimulus (i.e., Perceptual learning), and the basic mechanisms and associated brain areas that underpin this type of learning. In addition, I am interested in applying this knowledge to investigate how we learn to identify previously unfamiliar faces and other frequently encountered objects.
Having received a First-class BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of the West of England, I then completed my PhD at Cardiff University. My PhD explored the potential applications of learning theory to improve identification of previous unfamiliar faces.
Subsequently, I have held positions at Cardiff University, Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Birmingham. During these roles, I have been trained to use a variety of techniques including; eye tracking, transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), and EEG. My position at Birmingham was funded by the International Banknote Designers Association. This role involved collaborating with the central banks (e.g., the Bank of England, US Federal Reserve) and other stakeholders to design perception studies. The main focus of these studies was to investigate how individuals navigate and use the security features on banknotes.
- PhD Cardiff University
- BSc(Hons) University of the West of England
- Experimental Psychological Society (EPS)
Research and academic outputs
Hills, P.J, Thompson, C, Jones, S.P, Piech, R.M, Painter, L and Pake, M (2016) 'Attentional modulation of the carry over of eye-movements between tasks.' Acta Psychologica, 167. pp. 1-15. ISSN 0001-6918
Jones, S.P, Dwyer, D.M and Lewis, M.B (2016) 'The utility of multiple synthesised views in the recognition of unfamiliar faces.' Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. pp. 1-16. ISSN 1747-0218
Jones, L.A, Hills, P.J, Dick, K.M, Jones, S.P and Bright, P (2016) 'Cognitive mechanisms associated with auditory sensory gating.' Brain and Cognition, 102. pp. 33-45. ISSN 0278-2626
Jones, S.P, Dwyer, D.M and Lewis, M.B (2015) 'Learning faces: similar comparator faces do not improve performance.' PLoS ONE, 10 (1). e0116707. ISSN 1932-6203
Perceptual learning with complex visual stimuli is based on location, rather than content, of discriminating features
Jones, S.P and Dwyer, D.M (2013) 'Perceptual learning with complex visual stimuli is based on location, rather than content, of discriminating features.' Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behaviour Processes, 39 (2). pp. 152-165. ISSN 0097-7403
Jones, S.P (2016) Perceptual learning by any other name: assessing what is learnt during statistical learning. In: Associative Learning Meeting, 1 July 2016, Yorkshire Medical Society, York, UK.
Jones, S.P (2015) Perception workshop. In: Federal Reserve Events Series, 2015, Department of the Treasury, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Washington, DC, USA.
Jones, S.P, Hills, P.J, Bennett, S and Uljarevic, M (2015) Individual differences in identifying faces: the role of anxiety and eye movements. In: Experimental Psychology Society: Leeds Meeting, 8 - 10 April 2015, University of Leeds, UK.
Jones, S.P (2014) Carry-over of visual search as a mechanism of driver distraction. In: Royal Automobile Club Foundation: Public Lecture Series, September 2014, Royal Automobile Club Foundation, London, UK.
Jones, S.P, Dwyer, D.M and Lewis, M.B (2012) Can exposure to similar comparison stimuli facilitate improved recognition of unfamiliar faces? In: Experimental Psychology Society: Hull Meeting, 11 - 13 April 2012, University of Hull, UK.
Jones, S.P and Raymond, J (2016) Banknote security: what do people really look at? IBDA Insight (11). pp. 18-63.