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I am a Leverhulme Research Fellow investigating the influence of the attention of others on our own attention and memory. For more on my research please see my personal website, Research Gate and Google Scholar pages.

Research Interests

In my research, I focus on how the social environment effects the way that information is processed in attention and memory. Specifically, I have a keen interest in how the social factor of joint attention (the mutual focus of two individuals on the same object or event), as signalled through eye gaze, shapes perception and memory of events.


  • Leverhulme Research Fellow, Aston University. February 2019 - Present
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Aston University.  Investigating systematic discrepancies in students’ memory for assignment feedback, funded by the Leverhulme trust, working with Dr Rob Nash. February 2017 - January 2019
  •  PhD University of Aberdeen. September 2013 - January 2017
  • Research Assistant under the supervision of Dr Gill Windle at Bangor University. January 2013 - September 2013

Teaching Activity

  • Module tutor for Senses and Perception (Foundation Programme in Science) Aston University.
  • Assisting with E-Prime training for Masters students Aston University
  • Former tutor for psychology first year methods practicals, University of Aberdeen
  • Former tutor for psychology first year debate classes, University of Aberdeen
  • Previously supervised undergraduate lab assistants, University of Aberdeen


  • PhD University of Aberdeen (2013-2017)
  • MSc Psychological research: Bangor University (2011-2012) High Merit
  • BSc Psychology (BPS accredited): Bangor University (2008-2011) First Class

Funding Applications and Awards


  • Early Career Fellowship from the Leverhulme trust
  • EPS Study visit grant - Visited Dr Antonia Hamilton at University College London (September 2016-November 2016),  investigating the effect of avatar facial expression on mimicry behaviour.
  • British Council fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) programme, 2014. Visited Kyoto University for two months to work with Professor Sakiko Yoshikawa investigating the impact of averted gaze on working memory for faces

Conference attendance grants

  • ECVP Fee waiver grant, 2016
  • ESCoP Travel grant, 2015
  • EPS Grindley grant for conference attendance, 2015

Contact Details

Email: s.gregory1@aston.ac.uk
Room:  SW5 13

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Research Output

A cross-cultural investigation into the influence of eye gaze on working memory for happy and angry faces

Gregory, S. E. A., Langton, S. R. H., Yoshikawa, S. & Jackson, M. C., 23 Jun 2020, In : Cognition and Emotion.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Open Access
  • Weak memory for future-oriented feedback: Investigating the roles of attention and improvement focus

    Gregory, S., Winstone, N. E., Ridout, N. & Nash, R. A., 30 Dec 2019, In : Memory.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • A memory advantage for past-oriented over future-oriented performance feedback

    Nash, R. A., Winstone, N. E., Gregory, S. & Papps, E., 1 Dec 2018, In : Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory & Cognition. 44, 12, p. 1864-1879

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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