Mary-Ellen Large

Dr Mary-Ellen Large

Lecturer in Psychology and Admissions Tutor

Faculty of Health Sciences

+44 (0) 1482 466711

Specialising in object recognition and attention, Mary-Ellen's PhD is in experimental psychology.

After her doctoral training in the psychology department at Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, she became a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Western Ontario. Dr Large joined the University of Hull as a lecturer in February, 2007.


Research Interests

  • How visual information is used in recognising faces and everyday objects
  • The role of attention and memory in visual perception and visual categorisation
  • Social bias in the perception of faces


Cavina-Pratesi C, Large ME and Milner AD, 'Visual Processing of Words in a Patient with Visual Form Agnosia: a Behavioural and fMRI Study', Cortex, 64, 29–46 (2015)

Wong YJ, Aldcroft AJ, Large ME, Culham JC and Vilis T, 'The Role of Temporal Synchrony as a Binding Cue for Visual Persistence in Early Visual Areas: an fMRI Study', Journal of Neurophysiology, 102(6):3461-8 (2009)

Chouinard PA, Large ME, Chang EC, Goodale MA, 'Dissociable Neural Mechanisms for Determining the Perceived Heaviness of Objects and the Predicted Weight of Objects during Lifting: an fMRI Investigation of the Size-Weight Illusion', NeuroImage, 44(1), 200-12 (2009)

Large ME, Culham JC, Kuchinad A, Aldcroft AJ, and Vilis T, 'fMRI Reveals Greater within – than between – Hemifield Integration in the Human Lateral Occipital Cortex', European Journal of Neuroscience, 27, 3299–3309 (2008)

Large ME, Cavina-Pratesi C, Culham JC and Vilis T, 'The Neural Correlates of Change Detection in the Face Perception Network', Neuropsychologia, 46, 2169-2176 (2008)


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Brain and Behaviour 1
  • Global Challenges
  • Psychological Wellbeing and Distress
  • Neuroscience Techniques
  • Research Skills 1, 2 and 3

Research PhDs

Dr Large welcomes applications in the field of visual cognition with an emphasis on face perception/recognition and the role of attention and memory in visual perception and visual categorisation.

Completed PhDs

  • Alonso Blanco-Velo
  • Matthew Coleshill
  • Michael Lupton
  • Natalia Szostak

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BSc Psychology, Open University, 1996
  • MSc Cognitive Science, University of Birmingham, 1999
  • PhD Experimental Psychology, Dalhousie University, 2004

External roles

  • Member of the Experimental Psychology Society

Partnerships and collaborations


  • University of Ottawa (Professor C Collin)
  • University of Auckland (Associate Professor J Hamm)
  • Dalhousie University (Professor PA McMullen)
  • University of Western Ontario (Professor J Culham)

Awards and accolades


  • NSERC Graduate Scholarship (2001–03)
  • Dalhousie Graduate Fellowship (1999–2001)
  • EPSRC - Advanced Student Award (1998–99)


  • Experimental Psychology Society (2011)
  • Nuffield Foundation (2010)
  • 80th Anniversary PhD Studentship (2009–12)
  • Nuffield Foundation (2008)