I studied my Undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Dundee, graduating with a First Class Honours degree in 2014. My Undergraduate dissertation explored the influence of subliminal and supraliminal priming of watchful eyes on risky decision-making.
Following this, I then completed an MSc in Research Methods of Psychological Science at the University of Glasgow. My MSc project explored the influence of perceived facial and vocal trustworthiness, attractiveness and dominance on prosocial and anti-social decision-making.
Currently, I am conducting my PhD at the University of Bath supported by a Departmental studentship exploring the social perception of faces. More specifically, my PhD aims to explore social trait ratings across different face stimuli types (e.g., 2D, 3D, stereoscopic), and to compare explicit (e.g., rating scales) versus implicit (e.g., GSR) measures of face perception.
My research primarily explores the influence of facial traits, including perceived attractiveness, trustworthiness and dominance, on behaviour and decision-making. This work is strongly situated in an evolutionary perspective. Additionally, I have a strong interest in exploring such traits in voices.
Heron, L., & Little, A.C. (2016, Poster). Handgrip strength and perceptions of aggressiveness, dominance and health in 3D male faces. International Society for Human Ethology, Stirling, United Kingdom
Heron, L., Hancock, P.B, & Little, A.C. (2016, Poster). The depth of social perception: An exploration into social trait judgements in 2D and 3D faces. European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association Conference, London School of Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom
Heron, L., DeBruine, L. M., Gill, D., Jones, B.C., Belin, P., & McAleer, P. (2015, Talk). The influence of perceived facial and vocal traits on prosocial and anti-social decision-making. Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group Conference 2015, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland
Heron, L. (2014, Talk). Eye spy with my little eye: the effect of priming watchful eyes on risky decision making, British Psychological Society Undergraduate Conference Scottish Branch 2014, Edinburgh, Scotland
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28/06/2017 - 29/06/2017
Research Trip to the TCTS Lab at the University of Mons, Belgium to work alongside Kevin El Hadded (University of Mons) and Minha Lee (Eindhoven University of Technology)
Haddad, E. L., Cakmak, H., Kim, Y., Lin, Lee, M., Kim, J., Zhao, Y., Hajj, Heron, L., Harake, K. E., & Trung, N. (2017, 3 - 28 July). End-to-End Listening Agent for Audio Visual Emotional and Naturalistic Interactions, eNTERFACE'17 Workshop, Digital Creativity Centre, Universidade Catolica Portuguesa - School of Arts, Porto, Portugal.
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