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Research groups

Collaborators

Research grants and bursaries

With special thanks to: the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford; Wolfson College, University of Oxford; the British Neuropsychological Society (BNS); the British Psychological Society (BPS) - Cognitive Section; the Experimental Psychology Society (EPS); the Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust; the Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group (PsyPAG).

Clea Desebrock

BA (Hons), MSc, MBPSs


Crossmodal Perception (Spence Lab)

In my research I investigate whether our actions (e.g. arm movements) can be influenced by social biases (i.e. the self-reference effect) known to enhance our attention, perception, decision-making, and memory. I also investigate these social biases in the context of multisensory integration. I use multisensory tasks (i.e. using audiovisual stimuli) to investigate effects across both the auditory and visual systems. My project aims to increase our understanding of social bias effects. It will also briefly explore the relevance of findings for applied settings (e.g. in stroke rehabilitation, sports performance, or sensory marketing/consumer psychology).

I combine behavioural experimental techniques from Cognitive Psychology (e.g. mental chronometry) with functional neuroimaging (e.g. EEG, which records brain activity) to understand the brain processes underlying the behavioural effects.

Before starting my DPhil research, I worked as a Research Assistant in the Cognitive Neuropsychology Centre (CNC), and as a Laboratory Demonstrator in Neuroanatomy and Perception, here at the Department of Experimental Psychology. I also have expertise in running transcranial direct-current stimulation (tDCS) studies, gained while working at the CNC.

I also have a background in Music and sound engineering, and alongside my academic research have engineered/consulted on sound for departmental academic research projects.

I am based at the Crossmodal Research Laboratory supervised by Professor Charles Spence and Dr Jie Sui

(I was previously based at the CNC, supervised by Professor Glyn Humphreys)

Graduate Research Assistant – Cognitive Neurology Centre (past)
Laboratory Demonstrator – Perception and Neuroanatomy (past)

Campus representative for the Association of Psychological Science (APS / APSSC)

Recent publications

More publications

Publications

Desebrock, C., Sui, J., & Spence, C. (2018). Self-reference in action: Arm-movement responses are enhanced in perceptual matching. Acta Psychologica, 190, 258-266.

Graven, T., & Desebrock, C. (2018). Bouba or kiki with and without vision: Shape-audio regularities and mental images. Acta Psychologica, 188, 200-212.

Desebrock, C., Sui, J., & Spence, C. (2016). The power of self-reference in action: Prioritized processing of self-relevant stimuli extends from perception to response execution. Perception, 45, 65-66.

Desebrock, C. (in press). The power of our names, faces, and the Self-Reference Effect: is there more than meets the eye? The Quarterly.