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Mike Vernon

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)


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,

Research areas

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.

Course(s) I teach on

  • A student wearing a VR headset in Chaucer Building's Psychology Labs
    Undergraduate | Full-time