Personal profile


Dr Martin Doherty joined UEA as a senior lecturer in Psychology in 2013. He studied Psychology at Bristol, Cognitive Science at Warwick, and took his PhD in Developmental Psychology at the University of Sussex. After postdoctoral work in Japan and Stirling, he worked as a lecturer in Stirling. His research interests include theory of mind, metalinguistic awareness, and children’s understanding of eye gaze.

Indicative publications

Doherty, M.J. (2009). Theory of Mind: How Children Understand Others' Thoughts and Feelings. Hove, UK: Psychology Press.

Doherty, M. J., McIntyre, A. H., & Langton, S. R. (2015). Developmentally distinct gaze processing systems: Luminance versus geometric cues. Cognition, 137, 72-80.

Wimmer, M. C., & Doherty, M. J. (2011). The development of ambiguous figure perception. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 76(1), 1-130.

Doherty, M.J., Campbell, N. M., Tsuji, H., and Phillips, W. A. (2010) The Ebbinghaus illusion deceives adults but not young children. Developmental Science, 13, 714-721.

Key Research Interests

Martin Doherty’s research is primarily concerned with the development of theory of mind. Particular themes include how false belief understanding at 4 years relates to metalinguistic and metapictorial understanding, and children’s understanding of gaze direction and its implications for early theory of mind.

Martin is also a current member of the Centre for Japanese Studies.

Get in touch if you would like to discuss possible PhD topics in these areas.

Key Responsibilities

Psychology Masters Director

Coordinator, PSY-5016A: Developmental Psychology

Coordinator, PSY-7014B: Research Placement and Professional Skills

Teaching Interests

PSY-7014B: Research Placement and Professional Skills

PSY-5006A-14: Social and Developmental Psychology


Areas of Expertise

Child's theory of mind

Cross-cultural differences in perception

Development of metarepresentation

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