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Robert Bendall

Lecturer in Psychology


Since 2015 I have been a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Salford. I obtained my undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Glasgow. Following this I worked in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Cambridge on a project funded by the High Q Foundation. I then completed an MPhil in Neuroscience from the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Manchester (BBSRC funded).


I am Module Leader for Science of Psychology and contribute to the Cognitive and Biological modules on the undergraduate Psychology programmes.

Research Interests

My research initially focused on the interactions between the arousal system and the circadian system. This work investigated the impact of circadian and photic influences on the neuropeptide orexin. More recently I have focused on the cognitive sciences – both cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience. Here interests include how emotion may influence aspects of cognition (e.g., visual attention) as well as how the prefrontal cortex is recruited during emotional/cognitive processing.

Qualifications and Memberships

MA SocSci (Hons) Psychology, University of Glasgow

MPhil Neuroscience, University of Manchester

The Society for Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy

British Neuropsychological Society

British Association for Cognitive Neuroscience

Fellow of Higher Education Academcy

British Psychological Society Chartered Member (CPsychol, AFBPsS)


Bendall, R. C. A., & Royle, S. (2018). Decentering mediates the relationship between vmPFC activation during a stressor and positive emotion during stress recovery. Journal of Neurophysiology,

Bendall, R. C. A. (2017). The neural mechanisms able to predict future emotion regulation decisions. Journal of Neurophysiology, 118(3), 1824-1827.

Bendall, R. C. A., Galpin, A., Marrow, L. & Cassidy, S. (2016). Cognitive Style: Time to Experiment.  Frontiers in Psychology, 7(1786), 1-4.

Bendall, R. C. A., Eachus, P. & Thompson, C. (2016). A brief review of research using near-infrared spectroscopy to measure activation of the prefrontal cortex during emotional processing: The importance of experimental design. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 10(529), 1-7.

Bendall, R. C. A., & Thompson, C. (2015). Emotion has no impact on attention in a change detection flicker task.  Frontiers in Psychology, 6 (1592), 1-9.