Gillian Slessor


I received an MA (2006) and PhD (2009) in Psychology from the University of Aberdeen. After completing my PhD, I was appointed to a Sixth Century Fellowship also at the University of Aberdeen. My research investigates social cognitive processes such as emotion perception, gaze processing and deception detection. I am particularly interested in exploring how these abilities change in healthy aging and patient groups such as individuals with dementia. From August 2011 I worked as a research fellow on an ESRC-funded project investigating the formation and transmission of stereotypes. I am currently taking a career break.


2013-2016: Ageing, trust, and financial exploitation: social, emotional and cognitive mechanisms. Australian Research Council. AUS$420,000.

2012 – 2013. Are age-related differences in gaze following due to problems with strategic control of visual attention? Experimental Psychology Society. £2500.

2011 – 2012. Dementia and the ability to detect deception. Alzheimers Research Trust. £1750.

2010 – 2011. Susceptibility to financial exploitation in old age: links to deception detection. Nuffield Foundation Social Science Small Grant. £7020.

2010 – 2011. Improving older adults’ ability to detect deception. R.M. Gibson Scientific Research Grant. AUS$4300.



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.


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.


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.



Bailey, P. E., Szczap, P., McLennan, S. N., Slessor, G., Ruffman, T., & Rendell, P. G. (2016). Age-related similarities and differences in first impressions of trustworthiness. Cognition and Emotion, 30, 1017-1026.

Slessor, G., Venturini, C., Bonny, E. J., Insch, P. M., Rokaszewicz, A., & Finnerty, A. N. (2016). Specificity of age-related differences in eye-gaze following: evidence from social and nonsocial stimuli. The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 71, 11-22.


Bailey, P.E., Slessor, G., Rendell, P.G., Bennetts, R.J., Campbell, A., & Ruffman, T. (2014). Age differences in conscious versus subconscious social perception: The influence of face age and valence on gaze following. Psychology and Aging, 29, 491-502.

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

Slessor, G., Phillips, L.H., Ruffman, T., Bailey, P.E., & Insch, P. (2014). Own-age biases in deception detection. Cognition and Emotion, 28, 493-506.

Slessor, G., Bailey, P.E., Rendell, P.G., Ruffman, T., Henry, J.D., & Miles, L.K. (2014). Examining the time course of young and older adults’ mimicry of enjoyment and non-enjoyment smiles. Emotion, 14, 532.


Slessor, G., Riby, D.M., & Finnerty, A.N. (2013). Age-related Differences in Processing Face Configuration: The Importance of the Eye Region. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 68, 228-231.


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

Slessor, G., Phillips, L.H., Bull, R., Venturini, C., Bonny, E., & Rokaszewicz, A. (2012). Investigating the "Deceiver Stereotype": Do Older Adults Associate Averted Gaze with deception? Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 67, 178-83.


Insch, P. M., Bull, R., Phillips, L. H., Allen, R. D. & Slessor, G. (2011). Adult aging, processing style and the perception of biological motion. Experimental Aging Research, 38, 169-185.

Phillips, L.H. & Slessor, G. (2011). Moving beyond basic emotions in aging research. Journal of Nonverbal Behaviour, 35, 279-286.


Slessor, G., Miles, L., Bull, R. & Phillips, L. H. (2010). Age-Related Changes in Detecting Happiness. Psychology and Aging, 25 (1), pp. 246-250. DOI: 10.1037/a0018248

Slessor, G., Phillips, L. H. & Bull, R. (2010). Age-Related Changes in the Integration of Gaze Direction and Facial Expressions of Emotion. Emotion, 10 (4), pp. 555-562. DOI: 10.1037/a0019152

Slessor, G., Laird, G., Phillips, L. H., Bull, R. & Filippou, D. (2010). Age-Related Differences in Gaze Following: Does the Age of the Face Matter?. Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 65 (5), pp. 536-541. DOI: 10.1093/geronb/gbq038


Slessor, G., Phillips, L. H. & Bull, R. (2008). Age-Related Declines in Basic Social Perception. Psychology and Aging, 23 (4), pp. 812-822. DOI: 10.1037/a0014348


Slessor, G., Phillips, L. H. & Bull, R. (2007). Exploring the Specificity of Age-Related Differences in Theory of Mind Tasks. Psychology and Aging, 22 (3), pp. 639-643.

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