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  • University of Roehampton Department of Psychology Whitelands Campus Holybourne Av

    United Kingdom


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  • Ph.D. Psychology: The University of Roehampton, London, United Kingdom
  • M.Sc. Applied Psychology Research (Distinction):The University of Roehampton, London, United Kingdom
  • Bachelor of Psychology: Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia
  • Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology): Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia

Research interests

My research interests are in the area of attention, perception, memory, and emotion. I’m currently using lateralised brain activity to investigate the neural mechanisms of attentional processes and the role that threat-related stimulus content have on attentional allocation. Further to this, I’m interested in how attentional allocation mechanisms are altered under cognitive and perceptual load.
Additionally, I’m investigating the neural mechanisms of visual attentional processes in relation to visual perception and visual short-term memory, with a specific interest in endogenous and exogenous attentional capture and the effect of these on visual short-term memory encoding. Specifically, a question of interest is how salient, but irrelevant, information is encoded, via attentional capture, into visual short term memory compared to encoding of task-relevant information.

My plans for future research include the investigating visual attentional learnin, learning strategies, and the neural mechanisms of visual attentional efficiency. Ideally, the goal of my research is to improve visual attentional performance, short-term memory, and leaning performance.

Research projects

a)       Attentional mechanisms of cognitive performance enhancement.

b)       Visual working memory and attention toward salient objects: An EEG study

c)       Visual working memory and attention in Schizotypy: An EEG study

d)       Working memory and the Error Related Negativity (ERN)


Education/Academic qualification

Department of Psychology

1 Jan 20121 Oct 2015

Award Date: 27 Jul 2016

Applied Psychology Research, MSc, University of Roehampton

1 Sep 20091 Jun 2010

Award Date: 15 Jul 2010

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Research Output

  • 1 Conference contribution
  • 1 Article
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Electrophysiologic measures of expectancy-based semantic priming in high and low schizotypy

Bretherton, P., Chenery, H., Copeland, D., Finnigan, S., Harris, J., Catts, S. & Humphries, M., 2005, Psychophysiology: 45th Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research. p. S11 S1

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


Award for Excellence

Paul Bretherton (Recipient), 25 Jul 2010

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Neurophysiological correlates of templates-for-rejection and modulatory effects of emotion

Author: Anim, J., 14 May 2020

Supervisor: Holmes, A. (Director of Studies) & Bretherton, P. (Co-Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


The neural mechanisms of attention: Exploring threat-related suppression and enhancement using ERPs

Author: Bretherton, P., 27 Jul 2016

Supervisor: Holmes, A. (Supervisor) & Eysenck, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis