Dr. Irene Reppa obtained a D.Phil. from Bangor University, where she held a Research Officer position for 2 years, before taking an Assistant Professor post in the Department of Psychology at Swansea University.
Irene’s research interests and publications fall into four broad categories: Object Recognition (with a focus on representation of shape and surface properties), Object-based Attention and Memory (with a focus on inhibitory mechanisms), Perception and Action (with a focus on how the potential to find out information about an object can automatically guide our actions), and Aesthetic Appeal and Performance, with a focus on the interaction between aesthetic design and usability in improving performance with interfaces.
Irene’s work has been supported by Unilever, SR-Research (Ltd.), the Economic and Social Research Council, The Leverhulme Trust, and the Wales Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience, and the Economic and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
Irene is available to supervise PhD students in the areas of object perception and attention, memory, perception-action (affordances), aesthetics and performance, and the effects of mindfulness on cognition.