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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.
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.
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Psychology Masters Director
Coordinator, PSY-5016A: Developmental Psychology
Coordinator, PSY-7014B: Research Placement and Professional Skills
PSY-7014B: Research Placement and Professional Skills
PSY-5006A-14: Social and Developmental Psychology
PSY-6002Y: RESEARCH PROJECT
Areas of Expertise
Child's theory of mind
Cross-cultural differences in perception
Development of metarepresentation
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1/10/23 → 31/03/25
4/11/17 → 11/11/17
3/01/17 → 8/11/20
Contrasting one's share of the shared life space: Comparing the roles of metacognition and self-control in the development of theory of mind among Scottish and Japanese childrenSymeonidou, M., Mizokawa, A., Kabaya, S., Doherty, M. J. & Ross, J., 5 Jul 2023, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Developmental Science.
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Understanding of spatial correspondence does not contribute to representational understanding: Evidence from the model room and false belief tasksSayer, C. M. & Doherty, M. J., May 2023, In: Developmental Psychology. 59, 5, p. 976–986 11 p.
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González-Peña, P., Coventry, K. R., Bayliss, A. P. & Doherty, M. J., Mar 2022, In: Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. 215, 105336.
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Rafetseder, E., Schuster, S., Hawelka, S., Doherty, M., Anderson, B., Danckert, J. & Stöttinger, E., Mar 2021, In: Psychological Research. 85, p. 828–841 14 p.
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Piecing together the puzzle of pictorial representation: How jigsaw puzzles index metacognitive developmentDoherty, M. J., Wimmer, M. C., Gollek, C., Stone, C. & Robinson, E. J., Jan 2021, In: Child Development. 92, 1, p. 205-221 17 p.
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