Dr Kazuyo Nakabayashi


Faculty of Health Sciences


01482 462056

Dr Nakabayashi obtained a BSc in Psychology from the University of Leeds, an MSc in Psychology from Lancaster University, and a PhD in Psychology (under the supervision of Professor Mike Burton) from the University of Glasgow.

On the completion of her PhD, she worked as a postdoctoral research associate for Professor Toby Lloyd-Jones at the University of Kent (2005–08). She then moved to Teesside University as first lecturer and then senior lecturer (2008-10) before coming to Hull.

Dr Nakabayashi is a member of ESRC Peer Review College (2009–present), and has been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2010.


Research Interests

  • Face recognition

  • Cognitive development

  • Visual and verbal mechanisms underlying visual recognition

  • Perceptual and memory aspects of cross-racial recognition

Research groups

Various national/international collaborations with institutions including

  • The University of Leeds

  • Swansea University

  • Bournemouth University

  • Teesside University

  • University of Gävle (Sweden)

  • Hokkaido University (Japan)

  • Kobe Shouin Women's University (Japan)

  • Suor Orsola Benincasa University (Italy)


Nakabayashi K and Liu C H, 'Development of Holistic vs Featural Processing in Face Recognition', Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 3, 831 (2014)

Lloyd-Jones T J and Nakabayashi K, 'Long-Term Repetition Priming and Semantic Interference in a Lexical-Semantic Matching Task: Tapping the Links between Object Names and Colours', Frontiers in Psychology: Language Sciences, 5, 644 (2014)

Nakabayashi K and Liu C H, 'Developmental Differences in Holistic Interference of Facial Part Recognition', PLoS ONE, 8, e77504 (2013)

Nakabayashi K, Burton A M, Brandimonte M A and Lloyd-Jones T J, 'Dissociating Positive and Negative Influences of Verbal Processing on the Recognition of Pictures of Faces and Objects', Journal of Experimental Psychology, Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 38, 376-390 (2012)

Chen W, Liu C H and Nakabayashi K, 'The Role of Facial Attractiveness and Distinctiveness', PLoS ONE, 7, e32897 (2012)


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list


  • Social Psychology and Individual Differences

  • Brain and Behaviour

  • Research project


  • Contexts of Health and Illness (MSc)

Research PhDs

Dr Nakabayashi welcomes applicants in person perception, sociocognitive and neuropsychological perspectives of person categorisation, developmental face recognition, attention and neuropsychological perspectives of face recognition.

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BSc, Leeds University, 2001

  • MSc, Lancaster University, 2002

  • PhD, Glasgow University, 2005

External roles

Professional bodies

  • The British Psychological Society

  • Experimental Psychology Society

  • The Japanese Psychological Association

Awards and accolades

External grants as principal investigator

  • EPS Research Bursary: 'Perceptual and Memory Mechanisms Underlying Cross-Race Effect' (2012), £2,000

  • Economic and Social Research Council Grant RES-000-22-3419: 'Recalling and Recognising Faces of other Races: a Behavioural and Eye Movement Study' (2009), £79,311

  • University of Suor Orsola Benincasa, Italy: research scholar fund for a collaboration with Professor Maria Brandimonte (2009), €4,620

  • British Academy international travel grant (2007), £400

  • EPSRC exceptional overseas fieldwork for a collaboration with Professor Jonathan Schooler at the University of British Columbia, Canada (2004), £4,800