Richard Cook

Social Perception Research Group

University Education:


BSc Psychology (First Class), University College London

Highly commended by Dean of Faculty of Life Sciences for outstanding academic achievement


MSc Cognitive Neuropsychology (Distinction), University College London


PhD in Cognitive, Perceptual and Brain Sciences, University College London.

"Visuomotor Correspondence in Imitation and Self-Recognition" pdf

Supervised by Cecilia Heyes (University of Oxford) and Alan Johnston (UCL); examined by David Shanks (UCL) and Antonia Hamilton (University of Nottingham)

Positions Held:

February 2012 - August 2013 

Lecturer, Department of Psychology, City University London 

August 2013 - August 2017

Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology, City University London 

September 2017 - December 2022

Reader of Psychology, Birkbeck, University of London

January 2023 - present 

Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Leeds

February 2018 - present 

Honorary Research Fellow, University of York

Awards and honours:

2013 Identified as an ESRC Future Research Leader

2014 Awarded the British Academy's Wiley Prize in Psychology

2015 Identified as a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science  

2018 Awarded the Twenty-Sixth Prize Lecture by the Experimental Psychology Society  

2018 Awarded the Seventeenth Elizabeth Warrington Prize by the British Neuropsychological Society

2020 Awarded the Spearman Medal by the British Psychological Society

Major funding awards:

2013 ESRC Future Research Leaders grant (£246,166)

2017 ERC Starting Grant (1.5m euros)