Dr. Catherine Thompson

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Contact Details

Allerton L827

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Current positions

Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology


Catherine is a Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology and she joined the University of Salford in 2010. Catherine obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Lincoln; she then went on to work at the University of Manchester on a project funded by the ESRC. Following this Catherine completed an MSc in Psychological Research Methods, and her PhD at the University of Nottingham. Afterwards, she worked as a post-doctoral researcher on an ESRC-funded grant at the University of Nottingham investigating visual attention in the driving task. Since joining the University of Salford Catherine has been awarded research funding from the British Psychological Society, the Experimental Psychology Society, the ESRC, and the British Academy.

Areas of research

Visual Attention, Attentional Control, Executive Function, Eye-Tracking, Cognitive Restoration


Catherine is module leader for the Level 5 and Level 6 cognition modules on the undergraduate Psychology programmes and she supervises final year Dissertation projects.

Research Interests

Catherine's research focuses on visual cognition and her main area of interest is how observers allocate their attention effectively and what factors influence selection. This includes limitations in the control of attention, the impact of a preceding task on the allocation of attention, and the influence of emotion and environmental factors on cognitive performance. She has applied her work to a range of fields including driving, health, and wellbeing.

Qualifications and Memberships


  • PhD Psychology (University of Nottingham)
  • MSc Psychological Research Methods (University of Nottingham)
  • BSc Psychology (University of Lincoln)
  • Postgraduate Certificate of Academic Practice (University of Salford)


  • Experimental Psychology Society
  • Psychonomic Society
  • European Society for Cognitive Psychology
  • British Psychological Society Cognitive Section
  • Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy