Dr Paul Skarratt

Dr Paul Skarratt

Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Department of Psychology

Summary

Dr Skarratt joined the department in 2007, having previously held postdoctoral research positions in Durham and Hull. His principal research interests concern aspects of human and non-human vision, focusing on the processes underlying selective attention and visual search. He is also interested in how these processes operate during joint action between two or more people.

Level 4 Cognition and Development 1

Level 6 Understanding Animal Minds

Level 6 Research Projects

Levels 4-6 Personal Supervision

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

Computerized stimuli for studying oddity effects

Dobbinson, K. E., Morrell, L. J., & Skarratt, P. A. (2020). Computerized stimuli for studying oddity effects. Behavioral ecology, 31(1), 176-183. https://doi.org/10.1093/beheco/arz174

Medium versus difficult visual search: How a quantitative change in the functional visual field leads to a qualitative difference in performance

Hulleman, J., Lund, K., & Skarratt, P. A. (2020). Medium versus difficult visual search: How a quantitative change in the functional visual field leads to a qualitative difference in performance. Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics, 82(1), 118-139. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13414-019-01787-4

The role of transients in action observation

Cole, G. G., Welsh, T. N., & Skarratt, P. A. (in press). The role of transients in action observation. Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics, https://doi.org/10.3758/s13414-019-01740-5

Are goal states represented during kinematic imitation?

Cole, G. G., Atkinson, M. A., D'Souza, A. D. C., Welsh, T. N., & Skarratt, P. A. (2018). Are goal states represented during kinematic imitation?. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 44(2), 226-242. https://doi.org/10.1037/xhp0000429

Real person interaction in visual attention research

Cole, G. G., Skarratt, P. A., & Kuhn, G. (2016). Real person interaction in visual attention research. European psychologist, 21(2), 141-149. https://doi.org/10.1027/1016-9040/a000243

Research interests

Visual and auditory selective attention; visual search; social cognition and joint action; decision-making.

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Skarratt welcomes applications to study any aspect of visual and auditory attention, as well as how these processes mediate social cognition, and executive functions such as decision-making.

Current PhD supervision:

Tom Peney: The effect of virtual immersion on human educational development (commencing September 2021).

Completed PhDs:

Khia Dobbinson: The oddity effect: Applying principles of human psychology to an ecological question. (2019).

Alex Spence: Investigating the modulation of cognition and event-related potentials relating to visual attention, working memory, and executive control in habitual videogame players. (2016).