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Dr Justin O'Brien

Dr Justin O'Brien
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.


PhD Psychology (University College London 1997)

BA Psychology (University of Exeter 1993)


I coordinate the Psychology Open Days, Applicant Days, Outreach Programme and website

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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