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Dr Helen Knight

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Lecturer in Psychology

I obtained a BSc (Hons) in Psychology (First Class) from the University of Glasgow in 2009, and an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience from Durham University in 2010. I began my PhD, also at Durham University, in 2011 and completed this in 2014.

My PhD looked at biases of visual attention, attentional control settings, and why certain items capture our attention over others at a behavioural and neuronal level.

I am primarily interested in the role of visual attention and how we control what we attend to in our environment in addictive behaviours. My other research interests include asexuality as a sexual orientation and post concussion syndrome.

Teaching and supervision

I am Module Leader for:
  • PSY122 Genes to Mind
  • PSY374 Brain Plasticity
  • PSY375 Addiction 
  • PSY378 Psychology of Addiction

I am Personal Tutor for Stage 1 and Stage 3 and supervise final year undergraduate research projects and Masters research projects. I also teach Masters level statistics.

Research interests for potential research students

Addiction, attentional bias (in a range of psychopathologies), asexuality, post-concussion syndrome, neural stimulation techniques.


My primary research areas are attentional bias. This includes how attentional bias relates to addiction, cognitive models of attention and how cognitive control mechanisms are used to minimise the distracting effects of attentional bias.

My secondary research area is asexuality as a sexual orientation. I am also interested in post-concussion syndrome. I use a variety of behavioural and neural stimulation techniques. 


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Knight, Helen, Mowat, Sarah and Hesse, Constanze (2020) Fearing the wurst: Robust approach bias towards non-vegetarian food images in a sample of young female vegetarian eaters. Appetite (104617). ISSN 0195-6663

Knight, Helen, Smith, Daniel, Knight, David and Ellison, Amanda (2016) Altering attentional control settings causes persistent biases of visual attention. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 69 (1). pp. 129-149. ISSN 1747-0218

This list was generated on Sat Jun 6 18:20:28 2020 BST.
  • Neural stimulation. This includes transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS)
  • Addiction, with a focus on alcohol use-misuse-abuse
  • Asexuality as a sexual orientation
  • Biological psychology and cognitive neuroscience

Last updated 10 September 2019

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