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 a cognitive psychologist 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 then moved to the UK for a position as a Research Associate at Cardiff University and ultimately joined UWE as a Lecturer in 2017.

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 the Athena SWAN co-lead for the Department of Health and 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 for the Introduction to Psychology and Mind, Brain, and Development modules and supervise both undergraduate and postgraduate research.

Broadly, my research is centred in cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience; more specifically, my work explores human visual perception in applied and translational settings. 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. My research has strong applications ranging from medicine to security science to virtual reality, and I maintain active collaborations with a diverse group of researchers both within and outside of psychology. I am currently looking to establish a comprehensive understanding of individual differences within cognitive processing with an aim to relate my findings to real-world applications of malleable perceptual experience.​​

Area of expertise

Applied visual cognition and cognitive neuroscience
Malleability of the human visual system
Human visual attention, perception, and cognition
Individual differences in visual perception
Applied and translational visual search
Mechanisms of visual search
Motion perception and locomotion
Effects of expertise and experience on visual cognition
Environmental influences on visual attention and perception
Perceptual learning in vision


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