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Christopher Atkin


School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)


Dr Christopher Atkin works as a post-doctoral researcher and associate lecturer in the department of psychology at Nottingham Trent University (NTU). His PhD research in cognitive psychology focused on capacity limitations in imagination and visual memory. Christopher currently works on an ESRC funded research grant (ES/V000071/1) that aims to evaluate multisensory stimulation as a mechanism to boost cognition and wellbeing in old age.

He teaches research methods to year one and year two undergraduates. Christopher is a member of NTU’s Psychology department’s application for Athena SWAN accreditation.

Career overview

Prior to completing his PhD, Christopher completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology with Sociology at NTU, attaining a 1st class degree, The Vice-Chancellor’s Award for the School of Social Sciences, TILT’s Best Research Project and an Achievement in Psychology Prize.

Research areas


Visual Working Memory


Capacity Limitations

Multisensory Information

Research Groups

  • Perception Attention and Memory
  • Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience

External activity

  • Harriet Allan (University of Nottingham)
  • Helen Henshaw (University of Nottingham)


Stacey, J. E., Atkin, C., Henshaw, H., Roberts, K. L., Allen, H. A., Justice, L. V., & Badham, S. P. (2022). Does audio-visual information result in improved health-related decision-making compared with audio-only or visual-only information? Protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ open12(4), e059599..

Atkin, C., Guest, D., Howard, C., Baguley, T., & Baker, J (2019). The Same or Different? Capacity Limitations in Visual Imagery versus Visual Perception of Simple Structured Objects. The Cognitive Psychology Bulletin, 4, 12-13.

Binder, J.F., Cebula, K., Metwally, S., Vernon, M., Atkin, C., & Mitra, S (2019). Conversational engagement and mobile technology use. Computers in Human Behavior, 99, 66-75.

Badham, S.P., Atkin, C., & Castro, A (2019). Homogeneity of Memory Errors in Abstract Visual Pattern Recall. Europe’s Journal of Psychology, 15(3), 431.

Atkin, C (2018) The phenomenological influence of inner speech on executive functions. The Journal of Undergraduate Research at NTU, 1(1), 223–251.