I am interested in understanding how decision making leads to behaviour and how the outcome behaviour can be changed. For example, I have conducted work into people's perception of weather and how these may be relevant for climate change concerns and willingness to protect against changing climate.
In order to achieve successful sustained behaviour change in any area of behaviour a clear and comprehensive method is required. As part of the Cetnre for Behaviour Change I work on refining this method further.
In this line of my work I investigate how observers use the face to infer a range of traits about the person they are looking at. For example, as seen in the picture on the right, differences in skin colour are an important cue to health. The skin colour change in the picture is not caused by a sun-tan but rather by changes in diet. A healthy diet rich in fruit and vegetables enhances skin tone and leads to a healthier, more attractive appearance.
I also work on understanding how people differ in their ability to use facial cues. For example, recently, I assessed how people differ in recognising emotions from faces.