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Dr Greg Neil PhD


Faculty of Sport, Health and Social Sciences


Greg came to academia from a career in business, during which he worked for diverse companies such as a dot com training company and National Air Traffic Services. Having left that career behind, he completed a PhD in cognitive psychology followed by a post-doctoral research role at the University of Southampton. At Solent University he teaches primarily on practical research modules, and continues to pursue an active research portfolio.


Further information

Research interests

My research interests primarily focus on learning and memory, and metacognition:

  • Memory in forensic settings – witnesses of crime are frequently called upon to remember what they saw or heard. As such, I am interested in both face and voice memory, and of how forensically relevant factors might affect the accuracy of memory. I have also collaborated on several projects in which we have compared computers and humans on matching tasks, such as iris identification.
  • Learning – the process by which humans learn, both deliberately (explicit learning) and incidentally (implicit learning).
  • Metacognition – the extent to which people can accurately evaluate their own memories and decisions. In other words, when somebody says they are sure they have seen a face before, how much can you trust that judgement?

I use a wide range of research methodologies in my research, with a particular focus on signal detection theory and ROC curve analysis.

Recent publications

  • Neil, G.J.; Fox, S.; & Higham, P.A. (2021). Can You Trust What You Hear? How Concurrent Misinformation Impairs Memory and Decision Making. Journal of Experimental Psychology (General). (doi: 1037/xge0001023)
  • Neil, G. J., & Higham, P. A. (2020). Repeated exposure to exemplars does not enhance implicit learning: A puzzle for models of learning and memory. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 73(3), 309-329. (doi: 10.1177/1747021819873838)
  • Stevenage, S. V., Tomlin, R., Neil, G.J., & Symons, A.E. (2020). May I Speak Freely? The Difficulty in Vocal Identity Processing across Free and Scripted Speech. Journal of Nonverbal Behaviour(doi: 1007/s10919-020-00348-w)
  • Stevenage, S. V., Neil, G. J., Parsons, B., & Humphreys, A. (2018). A sound effect: Exploration of the distinctiveness advantage in voice recognition. Applied cognitive psychology, 32(5), 526-536. (doi: 10.1002/acp.3424)
  • Higham, Philip A; Neil, Greg; Bernstein, Daniel M (2017) 'Auditory Hindsight Bias: Fluency Misattribution Versus Memory Reconstruction'. Human Perception and Performancedoi:
  • Miguel-Hurtado, Oscar; Guest, Richard; Stevenage, Sarah V; Neil, Greg; Black, Sue (2016) 'Comparing Machine Learning Classifiers and Linear/Logistic Regression to Explore the Relationship Between Hand Dimensions and Demographic Characteristics', PloS one, 11. doi:
  • Stevenage, Sarah V., Walpole, Catherine, Neil, G.J. and Black, Sue M. (2015) 'Testing the reliability of hands and ears as biometrics: the importance of viewpoint'. Psychological Research, 1-31. (doi:10.1007/s00426-014-0625-x).
  • Stevenage, S.V. & Neil, G.J. (2014). 'Hearing faces and seeing voices: The integration and interaction of faces and voice processing'. Psychologica Belgica, 54(3), 266-281, doi:10.5334/
  • Stevenage, S.V., Hale, S., Morgan, Y., & Neil, G.J. (2014). 'Recognition by association: Within- and cross-modality associative priming with faces and voices'. British Journal of Psychology, 105(1), 1-16. doi: 10.1111/bjop.12011.
  • Emanuel, Lia, Neil, G.J., Bevan, Chris, Fraser, Danaë Stanton, Stevenage, Sarah V., Whitty, Monica T. and Jamison-Powell, Sue (2014) 'Who am I? Representing the self offline and in different online contexts'. Computers in Human Behavior, 41, 146-152.
  • Miguel-Hurtado, O., Guest,R., Stevenage, S.V., & Neil, G.J. (2014). 'The relationship between handwritten signature production and personality traits'. (Presented at IJCB2014 – peer reviewed conference paper).
  • Guest, R., Miguel-Hurtado, O., Stevenage, S.V., Neil, G.J. & Black, S (2014). 'Biometrics within the SuperIdentity project: a new approach to spanning multiple identity domains'. (Presented at ICCST 2014 – presented conference paper).
  • Stevenage, S. V., Neil, G. J. & Hamlin, I. (2013). 'When the face fits: Recognition of celebrities from matching and mismatching faces and voices'. Memory, 22(3), 284-294. doi: 10.1080/09658211.2013.781654.
  • Guest, R., He, H., Stevenage, S.V. & Neil, G.J. (2013). 'An assessment of the human performance of iris identification'. Presented at IEEE HST 2013, Boston, November 2013 (peer reviewed conference paper).
  • Neil, G.J. & Higham, P.A. (2012) 'Implicit learning of conjunctive rule sets: an alternative to artificial grammars'. Consciousness and Cognition, 21, (3), 1393-1400. (PMID:22871460).
  • Stevenage, S.V., Neil, G.J., Barlow, J., Dyson, A., Eaton-Brown, C. & Parsons, B. (2012). 'The effect of distraction on face and voice recognition'. Psychological Research, 77, (2), 167-175. (doi:10.1007/s00426-012-0450-z).