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Dr Adam Galpin

Senior Lecturer in Psychology


Adam has been with the University of Salford since 2007. Adam is the programme leader for the UK’s first MSc in Media Psychology taught at Salford’s new campus at MediaCity UK. Adam teaches modules on media psychology and technology use at postgraduate level, and contributes to undergraduate modules in cognitive psychology and individual differences.

Adam graduated in Psychology from the University of Sussex before following a research career in cognitive psychology and visual perception with posts at the universities of Cambridge, Manchester and Nottingham. Throughout this time, his research interests have developed to focus on how people engage and interact with visual tools and objects. He specialises in tracking eye-movements to understand how people process visual stimuli, having published on reading, driving, picture processing, Parkinson’s disease and the use of prosthetics. More recently, his research has involved collaboration with the BBC studying how pre-school children engage with the CBeebies website.  


MSc Media Psychology

Cognitive Psychology

Research Interests

Understanding cognitive and affective engagement with tools and technology; gaze tracking; experimental measures; interaction between perception and action.

Qualifications and Memberships

PhD Psychology, University of Nottingham, 2005

BA (Hons) Psychology, University of Sussex, 1998


Poliakoff, E., Galpin, A., McDonald, K., Kellett, M Dick, J.P.R., Hayes, S.  Wearden, A.J. (2012, in press). The effect of gym training on multiple outcomes in Parkinson’s Disease: A pilot randomised waiting-list controlled trial. NeuroRehabilitation

Cleary, R., Poliakoff, E., Galpin, A., Dick, J.P.R, & Holler, J. (2011). An investigation of co-speech gesture production during action description in Parkinson’s disease. Parkinsonism and Related Disorders. 17, 753-756

Galpin, A., Tipper, S. P., Dick, J., & Poliakoff, E., (2011). Object affordance and spatial compatibility effects in Parkinson’s disease. Cortex, 47, 332-341

Birkett, S., Galpin, A., Cassidy, S., Marrow, L., Norgate, S. (2011). How revealing are eye-movements for understanding web engagement in young children? CHI Extended Abstracts 2011. 2251-2256

Sobuh, M., Kenney, L., Galpin, A., Thies, S. B., Kyberd, P. & Raffi, R. (2011). A coding scheme for characterising gaze behaviour during prosthesis use. Poster presented at the MEC symposium, New Brunswick, Canada.

Galpin, A., Birkett, S., Cassidy, S., Marrow, L., Norgate, S. & Bendall, R.C.A (2011). Assessing Young Children’s Cognitive, Emotional and Behavioural Engagement with Interactive Media. Poster presented at the 7th conference of Media Psychology, Bremen, Germany