Dr Victoria Bourne

Research interests

My research examines how we effectively process faces. When you look at a face, how do you decide whether that person is known to you and which emotion are they expressing? In particular, I am interested in how this information is processed in the brain and how the two hemispheres of the brain process facial information differently.


I completed my PhD at the University of Sussex where my thesis considered hemispheric specialisations recognising familiar faces. I then spent some time in Scotland at the Universities of Aberdeen and Dundee before moving to the Department of Psychology at Royal Holloway in 2011.


Currently my research is focussed on understanding individual differences in lateralisation for the processing of emotional faces. I am particularly interested in understanding sex differences in the brain and the influence of hormonal exposure, personality traits and mood on the neuropsychological processing of emotion.


I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Chartered Psychologist. Additionally, I sit on the committee of their Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology and I belong tothe Mathematical, Statistical and Computing Section.


For more information: www.pc.rhul.ac.uk/sites/facelab

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