Professor Donnelly’s research interests span a broad range of issues in visual cognition.

He has many published papers on the basic psychological and neural mechanisms of face perception, visual grouping and visual search, and he explores how these processes operate in the real world in the context of searching for real world threats.

Entitled ‘Applying visual cognition: understanding art and finding bombs’, this lecture will be of particular help to students interested in a future in Psychology. This lecture will improve the understanding of how we perceive and deal with threats, and includes examples of how psychology is used in the real world, including in the theatre of war and airport security.

Visual cognition is applied to many areas of research and human behaviour.

  • Motivation (related to school or work)
  • Visual processing
  • Language development and its relationship to memory
  • The relationship between morals, emotions and decision-making
  • The relationship between culture and development
  • Reading comprehension
  • Memory disorders
  • How children understand their emotions
  • Memory retrieval
  • Conscious and unconscious behavior
  • Self-awareness, personality and interests
  • Factors that affect attention/focus
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Varied learning styles



Graduate Destinations for Psychology:

Although some psychology graduates become professional psychologists, many others go on work in related fields.

A degree in psychology provides a useful foundation for a wide range of careers and employers.

Employers and Roles include:

  • Research/ Academic
  • Clinical psychologist
  • Counselling psychologist
  • Educational psychologist
  • Forensic psychologist
  • Further education teacher
  • Health psychologist
  • Occupational psychologist
  • Primary care graduate mental health worker
  • Sport and exercise psychologist
  • Advertising account planner
  • Advice worker
  • Careers adviser
  • Counsellor
  • Human resources officer
  • Market researcher
  • Psychotherapist

Employment Stats:

  • Employed (63.8%)
  • Further study (15.7%)
  • Working and studying (8.4%)
  • Unemployed (6.2%)
  • Other (5.9%)