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Garry Young

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)


Garry Young is module leader for Year One Research Methods and Year Three Individual Differences and Conceptual and Historical Issues. He also lectures on the Schools of Thought Module, teaches aspects of L2 labs and L2 Individual Differences and Conceptual and Historical Issues. Gary is currently part of the teaching team for the third year option module Cyberpsychology.

Career overview

Garry began his academic career at the University of Hull, teaching philosophy. After that he worked at the Institute of Psychological Sciences, University of Leeds for three years before moving to Nottingham Trent University.

Research areas

Garry Young's research interests include:

  • embodied cognition: specifically looking at the relationship between knowing how and consciousness, as well as the role played by affordances in explaining intentional engagement with the world.

More recently, he has published work on experiences of embodiment and disembodiment within cyberspace, on the question of identity and authenticity, and also on the moral and psychological consequences of violating offline taboos within computer games.

Areas that Garry is willing to supervise and / or has supervised in the past:

  • reasoning and morality
  • the function of belief
  • terror management theory
  • investigating atheist and theist belief systems
  • what determines moral decision making
  • the role of moral decision making in different virtual environments