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Dr Paddy Ross

Assistant Professor

MA (Hons), MSc, PhD, FHEA

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Assistant Professor in the Department of PsychologyL60+44 (0) 191 33 43279


Academic Interests

My main research focus is understanding how we perceive social signals. Primarily I'm interested in exploring emotion recognition from the body, hands and voice using behavioural experiments, fMRI and point-light displays.

My current projects involve the ability to recognise emotions from the hands, investigating the brain areas involved when children and adults recognise emotions from the human body, and exploring the phenomenon of auditory emotional dominance in children.

I'm part of an interdisciplinary team working with the Shared Services Forum UK on the 'Digital Voice' project, investigating how the rise of communication technologies during the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted on employee's voice and well-being.

I'm also a co-founder of the Wearable Ideologies (WE-ID) project, an international interdisciplinary research network exploring ideologies of language on worn objects.

Research interests

  • Auditory dominance in children
  • Importance of the hands in emotion recognition
  • Typical developmental trajectories of emotion recognition
  • Emotion recognition from the body and voice
  • fMRI in children and adolescents


Journal Article

Newspaper/Magazine Article

  • Manning, J (2021). Why bad moods spread more easily than good moods – and how children read emotions. National Geographic
  • Fadelli, I (2021). Children prioritize what they hear over what they see when gauging emotional aspects of their experience. Medical Xpress
  • Ross, P (2021). Why your kids know when you’re trying to put on a brave face. The Conversation
  • Ansell, A (2021). Kids Recognize Emotion By What They Hear, Not What They See, Study Shows.
  • Steinmark, E (2013). The Pubertal Dip. Glasgow Insight into Science and Technology (2).

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