Dr David George

Senior Lecturer

Faculty of Health Sciences


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David George is a senior lecturer in psychology who joined the University in January 2011.

He was previously a Royal Society University Research Fellow at Cardiff University and held the position of Visiting Research Fellow at UNSW Sydney in Australia from 2010 to 2017.


Research Interests

  • Basic mechanisms of associative and perceptual learning

  • The interaction between learning and perception

  • Cognition and perception in dogs

Research groups

  • Member of the Cognition and Neuroscience research group


Coleshill, M. J., George, D. N., & Mazzoni, G. (2017). 'Placebo analgesia from a rubber hand'. Journal of Pain, 18, 1067-1077

Le Pelley, M. E., Mitchell, C. J., Beesley, T., George, D. N., & Wills, A. J. (2016). 'Attention and associative learning in humans: An integrative review'. Psychological Bulletin, 142, 1111-1140

Cohen-Hatton, S. R., Haddon, J. E., George, D. N., & Honey, R. C. (2013). 'Pavlovian-to-instrumental transfer: Paradoxical effects of the Pavlovian relationship explained'. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 39, 14-23

George, D. N., & Kruschke, J. K. (2012). 'Contextual modulation of attention in human category learning'. Learning & Behaviour, 40, 530-541

George, D. N., & Pearce, J. M. (2012). 'A configural theory of attention and associative learning'. Learning & Behaviour, 40, 241-254

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Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Brain and behaviour 2

  • Clinical applications of learning theory

  • Neuroscience techniques

  • Final year research project

Research PhDs

Dr George welcomes applications in any area of associative or perceptual learning, or in canine cognition.

Completed PhDs

  • Anais Duffaud (2008). Executive function and prefrontal cortex in rats

  • Jemma Dopson (2009). The fate of irrelevant stimuli in Pavlovian conditioning

  • Sabrina Cohen (2013). Understanding the origin of Pavlovian-instrumental interactions

  • Matthew Coleshill (2014). Placebo analgesia from a rubber hand

  • Michael Lupton (2018). How slow can you go? The joint effects of action preparation and emotion on the perception of time

Current PhD supervisions 

  • Zoe Lewis (second supervisor). 2015 - 2018. A multisensory approach to itch. Funded by the British Skin Foundation

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) in Psychology. York, 1994

  • PhD, Acquired distinctiveness. Cardiff, 1997

External roles

Awards and accolades


  • 2014-2015. Disentangling the effects of attention and acquired distinctiveness on perceptual learning (Principal Investigator; funded by the Experimental Psychology Society; £2500)

  • 2008-2011. Interactions of infralimbic and prelimbic cortices in learning about context (Principal Investigator; funded by the Royal Society; £338,000)

  • 2005-2008. Stimulus relevance in discrimination learning (Co-applicant with John Pearce and Jasper Robinson; funded by the BBSRC; £213,676)

  • 2003-2008. Experiential changes in perception: computational analyses of brain and behaviour (Principal Investigator; funded by the Royal Society; £216,000)

  • 2002-2005. The discrimination of structure (Co-applicant with John Pearce, Mark Good and Jon Erichsen; funded by the BBSRC; £194,356)


  • 2004. American Psychological Association Division of Experimental Psychology, New investigator award in Animal Behavior Processes.