Dr Kait Clark

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  • Qualifications:PhD (Psychology and Neuroscience), FHEA
  • Position:Senior Lecturer in Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Department:HAS - Health and Social Sciences
  • Telephone:+4411732 83117
  • Email:Kait.Clark@uwe.ac.uk
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About me

I'm an experimental psychologist and cognitive neuroscientist with a research focus in human visual cognition. I received my PhD from Duke University in 2014, at which time I was also serving as a Scientific Consultant for the United States Department of Homeland Security. I moved to the UK for a position as a Research Associate at Cardiff University in 2014, joined UWE as a Lecturer in 2017, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2018.

At UWE, I am the Theme Lead for the Applied Cognition and Neuroscience Theme of the Psychological Sciences Research Group (PSRG) and maintain the PSRG Blog and Twitter. I am also UWE's Local Network Lead for the UK Reproducibility Network and the Athena Swan lead for the for the Department of Social Sciences. Additionally, I am a member of the Programme Leadership Team (Level 3) for the Psychology BSc (Hons) programme, and I serve as Module Leader for the Psychology Project (undergraduate dissertation) module. Finally, I deliver lectures on topics related to sensation, perception, and attention on various modules across the programme and supervise both undergraduate and postgraduate research. My PhD student Kayley Birch-Hurst is funded by the ESRC SWDTP and is investigating psychological approaches to radiological training.

My research explores two main areas: 1) human visual perception in applied and translational settings and 2) open science practices and pedagogy. Using experimental paradigms designed to assess abilities from low-level motion perception to higher-level visual search, I investigate how environmental influences, individual differences, and expertise can improve or inhibit visual processing. I also conduct meta-research around research practices and reproducibility and, specifically, how responsible research practices can be applied within student research.

Area of expertise

Quantitative experimental psychology
Applied visual cognition and cognitive neuroscience
Human visual attention, perception, and cognition
Individual differences in visual cognition; effects of expertise and experience
Neural mechanisms of visual search
Perceptual learning in vision
Open science and pedagogical practices
Perceptions of open science amongst students and academics


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