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Derrick G. Watson, BSc MSc PhD (Professor)

Derrick Watson


Derrick Watson is a Professor and since January 2020 has been Head of the Psychology Department. As Head of Department, Derrick’s priorities include improving student experience, ensuring a diverse and inclusive environment for staff and students and maintaining the Department’s reputation for internationally recognised research.


Mechanisms of visual selection and attentional prioritisation in particular, visual search, visual marking, subitization, motion processing, inhibition of return and attentional capture by abrupt onsets. Road safety, driver performance and driving simulation.

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Tel: (024) 765 22763
Room No: H140

PA support for appointments: Hannah Austin (PA to HoD) hannah dot o dot austin at warwick dot ac dot uk (024) 765573910

Research Group: Behavioural Science

Research facilities: Driving Simulator Psychology Driving Simulator is a collaborative facility with WMG.

Impact: Improving Road Safety Education and Driver Training Raising awareness of the need to pay attention on the road

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Supervisor to:

Emily Peters