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Chris Wilson

T:
01642 384493
Job title:
Principal Lecturer (Research & Innovation)
E:
christopher.wilson@tees.ac.uk
School/department:
School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law
 
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Research:
Social Sciences, Humanities & Law research
 
 
ORCID:
0000-0002-7155-0662

About Chris Wilson

Chris Wilson

Chris Wilson
Principal Lecturer (Research & Innovation), School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law
T: 01642 384493
E: christopher.wilson@tees.ac.uk
Research: Social Sciences, Humanities & Law research

Dr. Christopher Wilson obtained his PhD from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth in 2010 where he was awarded a scholarship for doctoral research by the Irish Research Council (IRCHSS). He is a chartered psychologist with the British Psychological Society.

Christopher has taught on a range of modules at Teesside University across all levels of the psychology programme. He is currently the module leader for Psychological Research, Design and Analysis at undergraduate level and also teaches research methods and analysis at Masters and Doctoral level. He supervises undergraduate and postgraduate research.

Research interests

Christopher is a researcher within the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Law at Teesside University, a member of the Mathematical, Statistical And Computing and Psychotherapy sections of the British Psychological Society. Christopher's Ph.D. work was on the experimental examination of anxiety processes and emotional regulation strategies from a behavioural perspective with Relational Frame Theory and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as the theoretical foundation.

Current research interests:
- Visual perception and attention
- Attention to and perceptions of risk and related decision making
- Human factors in technology
- Behaviour in online environments
- Exploring the use of virtual environments as an experimental tool for examining cognitive and visual processes

Methodological expertise: Web-based experimental approaches, virtual reality, eyetracking, networking and computational modelling of behaviour.

Research projects & external funding

2016: Electrical Safety First. Examining the motivations behind purchases of dangerous second-hand electrical goods. £20,000 (Co-investigator)

2016: North Yorkshire County Council Children and Young People Services. Data Intelligence. £5,000

2011: Teesside University Research Fund Start-up Project Award. The effect of cognitive defusion on attentional biases towards negative stimuli in high-anxiety participants. €4500

2005: Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences. Awarded postgraduate studentship for doctoral research by the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences €59,000

PhD and research opportunities

Christopher welcomes applications from prospective PhD students with interests in the areas of visual perception and attention, attention to and perceptions of risk and related decision making, human factors in technology, behaviour in online environments, exploring the use of virtual environments as an experimental tool for examining cognitive and visual processes.

Doctoral Completions:

Claire Brewis (2017). The challenges and opportunities of participation in roles and occupations for young adults with acquired brain injury and carers of young adults living in rural communities.

Brewis, C, van Wersch, A, McNamee, A, Wilson, C.J., (2015) Occupational patterning in reconstructing lives following acquired brain injury. University of Bournemouth: Occupational Science Europe Conference.

Brewis, C, van Wersch, A, McNamee, A, Wilson, C.J., (2015) Using photographs of everyday life with brain injury to produce narratives. Brighton: 4th International Visual Methods Conference.

Brewis, C, van Wersch, A, McNamee, A, Wilson, C.J., (2014) Photo-elicitation as a tool to enhance gathering narratives from people with brain injury. University of Huddersfield: Troubling Narratives; Identity Matters Conference.

Doctoral Supervision:

Shiny Vergehase: Online psychometrics: The design and validation of extensible system architecture

Julianne Kinch: The contribution of organic factors to impulsive aggression on patients with personality disorders

Jack Binks: The effect of motor imagery during action observation on motor learning

Binks J.A., Wilson C.J., van Schaik P, Eaves D.L. (2018) Motor imagery during action observation enhances sequence motor learning. Award for best student oral presentation: Research in Imagery and Observation Annual Meeting. Bielefeld University, Germany

External roles and professional activities

Christopher acted as editor and reviewer for a number of journals such as PLoS One, Frontiers in Psychology, Vision, Interaction with Computers and Educational Psychology. 

Christopher has acted as an invited assessor for the Irish Research Council.

Learning and teaching interests

Christopher was previously e-Learning Coordinator with responsibility for the development and implementation of technology enhanced actions and development of policy related to the university’s Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Strategy in the school of Social Sciences and Law.

He has an interest in the use of technology in teaching, effective feedback mechanisms and research methods training.

Teaching and learning research examples:

WILSON,C.J., Soranzo, A. & Newberry, M. (June, 2014). Student experience and effectiveness of semi-automated, personalised feedback. Poster accepted at SHU Learning & Teaching Conference, UK.

WILSON, C.J. (July 2012).Developing interactive online learning materials to foster critical thinking skills. Poster accepted at the HEA Annual Conference, Manchester, U.K.

Enterprise interests

Christopher consults and provides training on research design and development, data analysis and data intelligence.

Publications

We are currently editing a special issue of the journal "Vision" on reflexive attentional shift.

Recent publications:

Wilson, C.J., Soranzo, A. and Bertamini, M. (2017) ‘Attentional Interference in Moduated by Salience, not Sentience’. Acta Psychologica, 178, 56-65.

Oldfield L., Reay J., Wilson, C.J., Riby L.M. (2016) ‘Hypothetical Future Orientated Positive Imagery Reduces Feelings of Social Anxiety in a Healthy Population’. Research in Psychology and Behavioral Sciences. 4 (2), 19-23.

Smethurst, A., Wilson, C.J. & Collins, K. (2015) ‘The Influence of fMRI Lie Detection Evidence on Jury Decision Making Following Post Trial Deliberations’. Applied Psychology in Criminal Justice, 11(3), 147-161.

Wilson, C.J. & Soranzo, A. (2015). ‘The use of virtual reality in psychology: A case study in visual perception’. Computational and Mathematical Models in Medicine.

Soranzo, A & Wilson, C.J. (2015). ‘Virtual environments in visual perception: applications and challenges’. In P. Cipresso & S. Serino (Eds.), Virtual Reality: Technologies, Medical Applications and Challenges. New York: Nova Publications.

Wilson, C. J., Barnes-Holmes, Y., & Barnes-Holmes, D. (2014). ‘The effect of emotion regulation strategies on physiological and self-report measures of anxiety during a stress-inducing academic task’. International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy, 14, 1-15.

Wilson, C.J., Barnes-Holmes, Y. & Barnes-Holmes, D. (2014). ‘How exactly do I “let go”? The potential of using ACT to overcome the relaxation paradox’. Sage.

Soranzo, A. Lougrin, J, & Wilson, C.J. (2013) ‘The effects of belongingness on the SLC phenomenon: a VR study’. Vision Research.

Conference Proceedings:

Soranzo, A., Wilson, C.J. & Bertimini, M (2016). The role of perceptual factors in the reflexive attentional shift phenomenon, Perception, 45(2).

Perrin, D. & Wilson, C.J. (2012) Evolution of cooperation in the iterated prisoner’s dilemma. Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Congress of Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science.

Wilson, C., Barnes-Holmes, D. & Barnes-Holmes, Y. (2006). Psychological Acceptance and Relaxation as Coping Strategies: An Experimental Analysis. The Irish Psychologist. Proceedings of the 28th Annual Congress of Psychology Students in Ireland.

Selected Conference Presentations:

Wilson, C.J.,Soranzo, A. & Bertimini, M. (2017). Removing perspective from reflexive attentional shift. International Workshop on Reflexive attentional shift. Sheffield, U.K.

Soranzo, A., Wilson, C.J. & Bertimini, M (2016). The role of perceptual factors in the reflexive attentional shift phenomenon. Paper to be presented at the European Conference on Visual Perception. Barcelona, Spain.

Wilson, C.J. & Barnes-Holmes, Y. (2014). Derived transformation of functions through hierarchical relational networks: Bi-directional or Uni-directional process? Presented at ACBS World Conference, Minneapolis, USA.

Wilson, C.J. & Soranzo, A. (2014). Student experience and effectiveness of semi-automated, personalized feedback. Poster accepted at SHU Learning & Teaching Conference, UK.

Wilson, C.J. & Perrin, D. (2012). Evolution of cooperation in the iterated prisoner’s dilemma. Paper presented at the 23rd Annual Congress of Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science., Dublin, Ireland.

Perrin, D. & Wilson, C. (2010). Prisoner’s Dilemma: Worthwhile Punishment? Poster accepted at the European Conference on Complex Systems, Lisbon, Portugal.

Wilson, C., Barnes-Holmes, Y. & Barnes-Holmes, D. (2008). The Role of Psychological Acceptance and Control-Based Strategies in Relaxation. Paper accepted at the Annual Convention of the Association of Behavioral Analysis, Chicago, U.S.A.

Wilson, C., Barnes-Holmes, Y. & Barnes-Holmes, D. (2007). Measuring Psychological Acceptance and Relaxation as Coping Strategies for Academic Task Anxiety. Paper presented at Annual Conference of the Psychological Society of Ireland, Kerry, Ireland.

Wilson, C., Barnes-Holmes, Y. & Barnes-Holmes, D. (2006). Comparison of Relaxation- and Acceptance- Based interventions as Coping Strategies for Task Anxiety. Presented at Annual Convention of the Association of Behavioral Analysis, Atlanta, U.S.A.

Wilson, C., Barnes-Holmes, D. & Barnes-Holmes, Y. (2006). Psychological Acceptance and Relaxation as Coping Strategies: An Experimental Analysis. Paper presented at 28th Annual Congress of Psychology Students in Ireland.

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In the news

  • EU Referenum
    BBC Radio Tees, 13/06/2016
    Chris Wilson talks about decision making in relation to the European Referendum.


  • Decision making and the EU referendum
    BBC Tees, 13/06/2016
    Dr Christopher Wilson contributes to a discussion about the EU referendum.


  • Virtual reality could soon be available on prescription
    The Spectator, online, 06/04/2016
    Christopher Wilson, a behavioural psychologist at Teesside University, comments on research about virtual reality being an effective way to treat a range of mental illnesses.