Portrait of Greg Neil

Dr Greg Neil
PhD

Senior Lecturer

Biography

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

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.

Taught courses

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MRes Psychology

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