Dr Mike Vernon is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology. He teaches on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate psychology modules. He is the module leader for the Research Methods One (Combined Honours) module. He is also part of the single-honours course team as year tutor for Year Three of the single-honours undergraduate course. He supervises a number of undergraduate and postgraduate research projects. These typically relate to cognitive psychology.
Mike teaches on the following undergraduate modules:
- Research Methods One
- Research Methods and Statistics Two
- Cognitive and Biological Psychology (Year One)
- Cognitive and Biological Psychology (Year Two)
- Analytical Thinking
- Professional Practice in Psychology
- Developing Academic Skills in Psychology.
Mike teaches on the following postgraduate or masters modules:
- Technological Tools in Psychology,
Mike's research interests are primarily concerned with two key aspects of cognitive psychology.
- Examining sub-word processing within typewriting, with a focus on how processing units smaller than a word (i.e. syllables, graphemes, or bigrams, etc.) are utilised within the planning and execution of typewriting on a keyboard.
- Examining cognitive mechanisms related to visual attention in applied contexts (e.g. driving, medical or health care), with an aim to develop assessment and training tools that can be utilised to:
- discriminate between novice and expert performance
- identify the cognitive deficits of the novice performers that affect task performance
- design training interventions to address and improve the cognitive deficits of the novice performers
- evaluate the effectiveness of the assessment and training tools.