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Dr Martin Thirkettle

Lecturer in Psychology


Summary

As a lecturer, I split my time between teaching and research. I teach on a number of cognitive psychology and research methods modules. My research focuses on cognitive behavioural neuroscience and, broadly, my research interests lie in the way visual information is perceived and then used in cognitive mechanisms to produce behaviour.

About

After receiving my BA in Psychology from the University of Sussex in 2004, I completed my PhD in 2010 at the University of Bristol. In my PhD I used psychophysics to investigate the visual perception of biological motion - the movement of other people as opposed to that of inanimate objects.

After my PhD I moved to the University of Sheffield where I was a Postdoctoral Research Associate. Here, I employed the experimental methods and stimulus control of psychophysics to allow behavioural responses to test neuroanatomical hypotheses about the contribution of various brain structures to action-outcome learning.

Following this I spent four years at The Open University as a lecturer in the Psychology department, focussing on undergraduate and postgraduate cognitive psychology modules. During this time I became interested in moving my research out of the lab and using online tools or mobile phone apps to study cognitive performance, both in large cohorts and in expert groups.

I joined Sheffield Hallam University in February 2017.

Lecturer

  • Visual Perception
  • Cognition

Teaching

Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics

Social Sciences and Arts

Publications

Journal articles

Jones, B.C., DeBruine, L.M., Flake, J.K., Liuzza, M.T., Antfolk, J., Arinze, N.C., ... Coles, N.A. (2021). To which world regions does the valence–dominance model of social perception apply? Nature Human Behaviour. http://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-020-01007-2

Williams, L., Butler, J., Thirkettle, M., Stafford, T., Quinlivan, B., MacGovern, E., ... Hutchinson, M. (2020). Slowed luminance reaction times in cervical dystonia: disordered superior colliculus processing. Movement Disorders. http://doi.org/10.1002/mds.27975

Thirkettle, M., Barker, L.-.M., Gallagher, T., Nayeb, N., & Aquili, L. (2019). Dissociable effects of tryptophan supplementation on negative feedback sensitivity and reversal learning. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 13, 127. http://doi.org/10.3389/fnbeh.2019.00127

Thirkettle, M., Thyoka, M., Fernandes, N., Gopalan, P., Stafford, T., & Offiah, A. (2019). Internet-based measurement of visual assessment skill of trainee radiologists: developing a sensitive tool. The British journal of radiology, 92 (1097), 20180958. http://doi.org/10.1259/bjr.20180958

Havard, C., Richter, S., & Thirkettle, M. (2019). Effects of changes in background colour on the identification of own- and other-race faces. i-Perception, 10 (2), 204166951984353. http://doi.org/10.1177/2041669519843539

Thirkettle, M., Lewis, J., Langdridge, D., & Pike, G. (2018). A Mobile App Delivering a Gamified Battery of Cognitive TestsDesigned for Repeated Play (OU Brainwave): App Design andCohort Study. JMIR Serious Games, 6 (4). https://games.jmir.org/2018/4/e10519/

Thirkettle, M., Lewis, J., Langdridge, D., & Pike, G. (2018). A Mobile App Delivering a Gamified Battery of Cognitive Tests Designed for Repeated Play (OU Brainwave): App Design and Cohort Study. JMIR Serious Games, 6 (4). http://doi.org/10.2196/preprints.10519

Benton, C.P., Thirkettle, M., & Scott-Samuel, N.E. (2016). Biological movement and the encoding of its motion and orientation. Scientific Reports, 6, 22393. http://doi.org/10.1038/srep22393

Walton, T., Thirkettle, M., Redgrave, P., Gurney, K.N., & Stafford, T. (2013). The discovery of novel actions is affected by very brief reinforcement delays and reinforcement modality. Journal of motor behavior, 45 (4), 351-360. http://doi.org/10.1080/00222895.2013.806108

Thirkettle, M., Walton, T., Redgrave, P., Gurney, K., & Stafford, T. (2013). No learning where to go without first knowing where you're coming from: action discovery is trajectory, not endpoint based. Frontiers in Psychology, 4, 638. http://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00638

Thirkettle, M., Walton, T., Shah, A., Gurney, K., Redgrave, P., & Stafford, T. (2013). The path to learning: action acquisition is impaired when visual reinforcement signals must first access cortex. Behavioural brain research, 243, 267-272. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.bbr.2013.01.023

Stafford, T., Thirkettle, M., Walton, T., Vautrelle, N., Hetherington, L., Port, M., ... Redgrave, P. (2012). A novel task for the investigation of action acquisition. PLoS ONE, 7 (6), e37749. http://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0037749

Thirkettle, M., Scott-Samuel, N.E., & Benton, C.P. (2010). Form overshadows 'opponent motion' information in processing of biological motion from point light walker stimuli. Vision Research, 50 (1), 118-126. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.visres.2009.10.021

Thirkettle, M., Benton, C.P., & Scott-Samuel, N.E. (2009). Contributions of form, motion and task to biological motion perception. Journal of vision, 9 (3), 28. http://doi.org/10.1167/9.3.28

Thirkettle, M. (2007). Foundations of perception. PERCEPTION, 36 (2), 318-320.

Conference papers

Thirkettle, M., Havard, C., & Richter, S. (2016). Variability of background colour in suspect line-ups and identification accuracy. In European Association of Psychology and Law 2016, University of Toulouse, Toulouse, 5 July 2016 - 8 July 2016. https://eapl2016.sciencesconf.org/program/details

Williams, L., Butler, J.S., Quinlivan, B., Molloy, A., McGovern, E., Beiser, I., ... Hutchinson, M. (2016). Impaired response times to luminance stimuli in dystonia patients indicate disordered superior colliculus processing. Movement Disorders, 31, S536. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1002/mds.26688

Havard, C., Thirkettle, M., Barrett, D., & Ritcher, S. (2015). How does image background colour influence facial identification? PERCEPTION, 44, 282.

Thirkettle, M., Stafford, T., & Offiah, A. (2015). Internet Based Measurement of Visual Expertise in Radiological Skill. Perception, 44, 44-45. http://doi.org/10.1177/0301006615598674

Benton, C., Thirkettle, M., & Scott-Samuel, N. (2014). Biological movement and the encoding of approach. Journal of Vision, 14 (10). http://doi.org/10.1167/14.10.1020

Thirkettle, M., & Stafford, T. (2013). Linking total movement history to action learning. In Reinforcement Learning and Decision Making, 25 October 2013 - 27 October 2013.

Thirkettle, M., Redgrave, P., Gurney, K., Walton, T., Shah, A., & Stafford, T. (2012). Cortical masking and action learning. PERCEPTION, 41, 100. http://doi.org/10.1177/03010066120410S101

Thirkettle, M., Walton, T., Gurney, K., Redgrave, P., & Stafford, T. (2011). Learning the long way round: Action learning based on visual signals unavailable to the superior colliculus is impaired. PERCEPTION, 40, 33.

Thirkettle, M., Scott-Samuel, N., & Benton, C. (2010). Form information in the perception of biological-motion heading. PERCEPTION, 39 (2), 281.

Thirkettle, M., Scott-Samuel, N.E., & Benton, C.P. (2009). Dances with Gabors: Contour integration and form in biological motion (Abstract Only). Journal of Vision, 9 (8). http://doi.org/10.1167/9.8.613

Thirkettle, M., Benton, C.P., & Scott-Samuel, N.E. (2008). True to form: a reduced role for motion in biological motion. PERCEPTION, 37, 41.

Rojas-Anaya, H., Thirkettle, M., & Nijhawan, R. (2005). Flash-lag anisotropy for movement in three domains. PERCEPTION, 34, 219-220.

Book chapters

Redgrave, P., Gurney, K., Stafford, T., Thirkettle, M., & Lewis, J. (2013). The role of the basal ganglia in discovering novel actions. In Intrinsically Motivated Learning in Natural and Artificial Systems. (pp. 129-150). http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-32375-1_6

Stafford, T., Walton, T., Hetherington, L., Thirkettle, M., Gurney, K., & Redgrave, P. (2013). A novel behavioural task for researching intrinsic motivations. In Intrinsically Motivated Learning in Natural and Artificial Systems. (pp. 395-410). http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-32375-1_15

Presentations

Raleva, G., Thirkettle, M., Gao, J., & Stafford, T. (2017). No contribution of object category information in perceptual thresholds : evidence from Candy Crush. Presented at: AVA Christmas Meeting, Queen Mary University of London, 2017

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