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.

2017-18: Establishing how episodic memories of individual encounters with other people support the formation of semantic knowledge for social categories. EPS Small Grants Scheme. £3500.

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

Dallimore, C.J., Smith, K. Hutchison, J., Slessor, G., & Martin, D. (In Press). Many mickles make a muckle: Evidence that gender stereotypes re-emerge spontaneously via cultural evolution. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.


Martin, D., Hutchison, J., Konopka, A.E., Dallimore, C.J. Slessor, G., & Swainson, R. (2024). Intergroup processes and the happy face advantage: How social categories influence emotion categorization. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 126(3), 390-412.


Lee, N. A., Martin, D., & Sui, J. (2023). Accentuate the positive: Evidence that context dependent self-reference drives self-bias. Cognition, 240, 105600.

Sedlar, N., Irwin, A., Martin, D., & Roberts, R. (2023). A qualitative systematic review on the application of the normalisation of deviance phenomenon within high-risk industries. Journal of Safety Research, 84, 290-350.


Cunningham, S. J., Vogt, J., & Martin, D. (2022). Me first? Positioning self in the attentional hierarchy. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 48(2), 115.



Lee, N.A., Martin, D. & Sui, J. (2021). A pre-existing self-referential anchor is not necessary for self-prioritisation. Acta Psychologica, 219, 103362.

Allan, K., Oren, N., Hutchison, J., & Martin, D. (2021). In search of a Goldilocks zone for credible AI. Scientific Reports, 11(1), 1-13.


Slessor, G., Finnerty, A., Papp, J., Smith, D.T., & Martin, D. (2019). Gaze-cueing and endogenous attention
operate in parallel. Acta Psychologica, 192, 172-180.


Cunningham, S.J., Ross, J., Scott, L., Martin, D., & Hutchison, J. (2018). Applying self-processing biases in education: Improving learning through ownership. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 7, 342-351.

Hutchison, J., Cunningham, S.J., Slessor, G., Urquhart, J., Smith, K., & Martin, D. (2018). Context and perceptual salience influence the formation of novel stereotypes via cumulative cultural evolution. Cognitive Science, 42, 168-212.


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.

Martin, D., Cunningham, S.J., Hutchison, J., Slessor, G. & Smith, K. (2017). How societal stereotypes might form and evolve via cumulative cultural evolution. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 11.

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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