Doug Martin

I received both an MA (2000) and PhD (2005) in Psychology from the University of Aberdeen. Following my PhD, I worked as post-doc in Aberdeen for a further 3-years, before lecturing at Northumbria University for a year in 2008/09. I re-joined the School of Psychology in Aberdeen as a lecturer in the summer of 2009.

Much of my published research examines how basic perceptual processes support higher order social cognition (i.e., extracting social category information from faces). However, I'm increasingly interested in the social and cognitive factors that lead to the formation of cultural stereotypes.

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2017-2020: Establishing how intergroup bias influences the formation and evolution of stereotypes. ESRC Research Grants Scheme. £294,895.

2012-2013: Does unattended face information trigger switch costs when attending to other social categories? EPS Small Grants Scheme. £2500.

2011-2013: Formation of stereotypes through cumulative cultural transmission. ESRC First Grants Scheme. £162,201.





In Press

Martin, D., Cunningham, S.J., Hutchison, J., Slessor, G. & Smith, K. (in press). How societal stereotypes might form and evolve via cumulative cultural evolution. Social and Personality Psychology Compass.


Allan, K., Martin, D., & Cunningham, S. J. (2017) Simulation-based mentalizing generates a ‘proxy’ self-reference effect in memory. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 70, 1074-1084.

Swainson, R., Martin, D., & Prosser, L. (2017). Task-switch costs subsequent to cue-only trials. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 70, 1453-1470.


Hutchison, J. & Martin, D. (2015). The evolution of stereotypes. In T. Shackelford, L. Welling, & V. Zeigler-Hill (Eds). Evolutionary Perspectives on Social Psychology. Springer Publishing.

Martin, D., Swainson, R., Slessor, G., Hutchison, J., Marosi, D., & Cunningham, S.J. (2015). The simultaneous extraction of multiple social categories from unfamiliar faces. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 60, 51-58.


Martin, D., Hutchison, J., Slessor, G., Urquhart, J., Cunningham, S.J., & Smith, K. (2014). The spontaneous formation of stereotypes via cumulative cultural evolution. Psychological Science, 25, 1777-1786, doi:10.1177/0956797614541129


Swainson, R., & Martin, D. (2013). Covert judgements are sufficient to trigger subsequent task-switching costs. Psychological Research, 77, 434-448.

Wheeler, R., Allan, K., Dimitris, T., Martin, D., & Gabbert, F. (2013). Explicit mentalizing mechanisms and their adaptive role in memory conformity. PLoS one, 8, e62106.


Allan, K., Midjord, J. P., Martin, D., & Gabbert, F. (2012). Memory conformity and the perceived accuracy of self versus other. Memory and Cognition, 40, 280-286.

Martin, D., Slessor, G., Allen, R., Phillips, L. H., & Darling, S. (2012). Processing orientation and emotion recognition. Emotion, 12, 39-43.

Wyer, N. A., Martin, D., Pickup, T, & Macrae, C. N. (2012). Individual differences in (non-visual) processing style predict the face inversion effect. Cognitive Science, 36, 373-384.


Martin, D. & Greer, J. (2011). Getting to know you: From view-dependent to view-invariant repetition priming for unfamiliar faces. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 64, 217-223.


Darling, S.D., Martin, D., & Macrae, C.N., (2010). Categorical proactive interference effects occur for faces. European Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 22,1001-1009.

Martin, D., & Macrae, C.N. (2010). Processing style and person recognition: Exploring the face inversion effect. Visual Cognition, 18, 161-170.

Martin, D., Cairns, S.A., Orme, E., DeBruine, L.M., Jones, B.C., & Macrae, C.N. (2010). Form-specific repetition priming for unfamiliar faces. Experimental Psychology, 57, 338-345.

Martin, D. & Macrae, C.N. (2010). The cognitive capitalist: Social benefits of perceptual economy. In R. Adams (Ed). The Science of Social Vision. Oxford University Press.


Brebner, J.L., Martin, D., & Macrae C.N. (2009). Dude looks like a lady: Exploring the malleability of person categorization. European Journal of Social Psychology, 39, 1109-1119.

Carey, D.P., Martin, D., Smith, D.T., Smith, G., Skriver, J., Rutland, A., & Shepherd, J.W. (2009). The bi-pedal ape: How plastic are side biases in footedness? Cortex, 45, 650-661. 

Darling, S.D., Martin, D., Hellmann, J.H., & Memon, A. (2009). Some witnesses are better than others. Personality and Individual Differences. 47, 369-373. 

Martin, D., Nind, L. K., & Macrae, C. N. (2009). Lateralized Repetition Priming for Unfamiliar Faces. Experimental Psychology, 56, 165-172.

van Leeuwen, M.L., van Baaren, R.B., Martin, D., Dijksterhuis, A., & Bekkering, H. (2009). Executive functioning and imitation: Increasing working memory load facilitates behavioural imitation. Neuropsychologia, 47, 3265-3270.


Martin, D. & Macrae, C.N. (2008). Social Cognition. In R.F. Baumeister, & K.D. Voss (Eds). Encyclopedia of Social Psychology. Sage.


Macrae, C.N. & Martin, D. (2007). A boy primed Sue: Feature based processing and person construal. European Journal of Social Psychology, 37, 793-805.

Martin, D. & Macrae, C.N. (2007). A face with a cue: Exploring the inevitability of person categorization. European Journal of Social Psychology, 37, 806-816.

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