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Dr Justin O'Brien
Senior Lecturer in Psychology


Developmental visual neuroscience, studying the autism spectrum, face perception and psychophysics.

I studied psychology at the University of Exeter, graduating in 1993. I then completed my PhD on the topic of depth perception as part of a BBSRC and BAe Case award at University College London in 1997. Subsequently I worked on functional neuroimaging projects as a postdoc at the MRC’s Visual Development Unit at UCL, studying visual perception in developmental disorders before moving to Brunel in 2002 as a lecturer in psychology.

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PhD Psychology (University College London 1997)

BA Psychology (University of Exeter 1993)


College Research Ethics Committee

Newest selected publications

Murray, T., O'Brien, J., Sagiv, N. and Garrido, L. (2021) 'The role of stimulus-based cues and conceptual information in processing facial expressions of emotion'. Cortex, 144. pp. 109 - 132. ISSN: 0010-9452 Open Access Link

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Murray, T., O'Brien, J. and Kumari, V. (2021) 'Changes in functional connectivity associated with facial expression processing over the working adult lifespan'. PsyArXiv. pp. 1 - 21.Open Access Link

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Ghelfi, E., Christopherson, CD., Urry, HL., Lenne, RL., Legate, N., Fischer, MA., et al. (2020) 'Reexamining the effect of gustatory disgust on moral judgment: A multi-lab direct replication of Eskine, Kacinik, and Prinz (2011)'. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science, 3 (1). pp. 3 - 23. ISSN: 2515-2459 Open Access Link

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Girges, C., O Brien, J. and Spencer, J. (2015) 'Neural correlates of facial motion perception'. Social Neuroscience, 11 (3). pp. 311 - 316. ISSN: 1747-0919 Open Access Link

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Girges, C., Spencer, J. and O'Brien, J. (2015) 'Categorizing identity from facial motion'. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 68 (9). pp. 1832 - 1843. ISSN: 1747-0218 Open Access Link

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