Dr. Helen Spray

Staff details

Position Teaching fellow
Department Psychology
Email h.spray (@gold.ac.uk)
Dr. Helen Spray

Helen teaches first and second-year lab groups and lectures on the cognitive psychology foundational course. She completed her PhD at Goldsmiths in 2018 with her thesis entitled ‘The influence of culture, urbanisation, education and gender on the local-global perceptual bias’. During the PhD, Helen worked as a research assistant on a number of ESRC and BA funded field trips to a remote area of Namibia and was awarded the Erasmus mobility fund for a 5-month visit to Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Budapest which facilitated her research in Eastern-Europe. She continues to be active in cross-cultural research. 

Research Interests

Helen is interested in understanding how individual differences in perception arise and how this may relate to individual differences in cognition. She addresses these questions from a cross-cultural and developmental perspective and is particularly interested in exploring the effects of real-life variables such as education, urbanisation and SES and how these interact with gender. Key areas of interest include: 

  • Perception and attention 
  • Development 
  • Cross-cultural psychology 
  • Environmental influences (e.g., education, urbanisation, SES) 
  • Gender differences 
  • The link between perception and cognition