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Research groups


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 Research Laboratory (Spence Lab)

My research is investigating how our actions (e.g. arm movements) are influenced by social biases (e.g. the self-reference effect) known to enhance our attention, perception, decision-making, and memory. I use multisensory tasks (i.e. using audio and visual stimuli) to investigate effects across both the auditory and visual systems. My project aims to increase our understanding of multimodal motor processing. It also has translational vision, seeking to lay foundations for a novel means of facilitating and enhancing human action in applied settings (such as in stroke rehabilitation, sports performance, and 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 (past)
Laboratory Demonstrator (past)

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

Recent publications

More publications


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.