Dr Joanna Hale

Personal profile

My role as Research & Development Coordinator is to support research and the development of research impact in Psychology. I am responsible for development and maintenance of our major laboratory facilities and research infrastructure, and I am involved in research training for students at all levels. 

Research interests

My research interests are varied, which is why I enjoy working with colleagues across the Psychology department. Recently I have focused on research impact and the use of insights from psychology, neuroscience and behavioural science in social policymaking. In 2016, I completed a Fellowship with the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST), looking at ways that cities can become more 'age-friendly'.

I'm also interested in the use of virtual reality to study social interaction and other aspects of human behaviour. My doctoral research focused on understanding mimicry, rapport and trust in social interactions by using VR to achieve high control and realism. My other projects have looked at cognitive abilities in people with synaesthesia, as well as executive functioning and reasoning skills in typically developing children and adults. 

Educational background

PhD Psychology (2017), UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience

MSc Psychological Research (2013), University of Oxford

BA Politics, Psychology and Sociology (2012), University of Cambridge

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