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Kate Roberts

Associate Professor

School of Social Sciences

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Dr Kate Roberts is a Lecturer / Senior Lecturer within the department of Psychology.

She is a cognitive psychologist with an interest in auditory and visual perception and attention.

Career overview

Kate completed her PhD on auditory attention at the MRC Institute of Hearing Research in Nottingham.

Kate then worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Birmingham with Glyn Humphreys. Her research primarily focused on the way that the action relationship between two objects (e.g., a jug tilted towards a glass) changes the way that they are perceived.

Prior to joining NTU, Kate worked the University of Warwick where her research once again addressed auditory cognition. Her work included developing a model of auditory attention, investigating auditory enumeration, and assessing spatial and non-spatial deficits associated with auditory neglect.

Research areas

Kate’s research focuses on the way in which visual and auditory attention can change the way that we see and hear the world.

Some current and recent research interests include:

  • The interaction between perceptual and cognitive decline in old age
  • Disorders of auditory and visual attention
  • Awareness of multiple sounds in the environment
  • The effect of action relations and affordances on perception and cognition
  • Modelling auditory attention