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Harry Purser

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)


As a senior lecturer, Harry’s time is divided between research and teaching students how to think more clearly about theory and methods in psychology.

Career overview

MA (cantab) Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge: 2002

PhD, Developmental Psychology, University of Bristol: 2007

Fast Stream Statistician, UK civil service: 2005-2007

Postdoctoral Fellow, Birkbeck College, University of London: 2007-2010

Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute of Education, UCL, University of London: 2010-2012

Lecturer, Kingston University: 2012-2014

Lecturer, University of Nottingham: 2014-2016

Research areas

Harry’s research interests include cognitive development, developmental disorders, cognitive structure, language, lexico-semantics, metaphor, short-term memory, working memory, attention, route learning, computational modelling, methodology, neuropsychology, and philosophy of mind.

Examples of his current projects include:

  • the role of semantic representation in verbal short-term memory
  • contextual effects of humour comprehension in developmental disorders.

Sponsors and collaborators

Current grant: Building a foundation to develop an intervention to remediate humour comprehension deficits in autism and Down syndrome (BA / Leverhulme)