Natalie Mestry

Lecturer in Psychology, Bournemouth University.

Dr Natalie Mestry graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Southampton in 2008. She was awarded a 1 + 3 ESRC studentship to continue studies at the University of Southampton and completed her MSc Research Methods in Psychology in 2009 and PhD in 2012. The research conducted during her PhD investigated sources of configural face processing.

Mestry was a Research Fellow within the Centre for Vision and Cognition at the University of Southampton from 2013 – 2017 working on projects about face processing and visual search. She was also a Teaching Fellow for the department from 2015 -2017. She joined Bournemouth University in 2017 as a Lecturer.

Dr Natalie Mestry’s main research interests are in the field of vision and cognition, specifically face processing and visual search. Her recent research has examined the dual-target cost, guidance and capacity in visual search for multiple unfamiliar faces using eye-tracking.

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Project information

As part of its activities, CREST identifies and funds innovative and forward-looking economic, behavioural and social science research that contributes to our understanding of contemporary security threats.

Natalie Mestry is part of CREST funded commissioned project: Differences In The Ability To Spot Rare, Non-Salient Or Hidden Targets. Read more about this project here.

Recent Publications

  • Donnelly, N., Harland, B., Mestry, N., Thompson, N., Trawiński, T. and Liversedge, S.P., 2017. The Influence of Pupil Alignment on Spectator Address in Manet’s Portraiture. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts.
  • Mestry, N., Menneer, T., Cave, K.R., Godwin, H.J. and Donnelly, N., 2017. Dual-Target Cost in Visual Search for Multiple Unfamiliar Faces. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.
  • Mestry, N., Menneer, T., Wenger, M.J., Benikos, N., McCarthy, R.A. and Donnelly, N., 2015. The Role of Configurality in the Thatcher Illusion: An ERP Study. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 22 (2), 445-452.
  • Mestry, N., Menneer, T., Wenger, M.J. and Donnelly, N., 2012. Identifying sources of configurality in three face processing tasks. Frontiers in Psychology, 3 (NOV).
  • Mestry, N., Donnelly, N., Menneer, T. and McCarthy, R.A., 2012. Discriminating Thatcherised from typical faces in a case of prosopagnosia. Neuropsychologia, 50 (14), 3410-3418.

More from Natalie…

Just another face in the crowd – what makes spotting unfamiliar faces difficult?

What can influence our ability to spot faces? Nick Donnelly, Anne Hillstrom and Natalie Mestry discuss their research on facial recognition ability. The ability...Read More »

CREST Guide: What makes spotting faces difficult?

What can influence our ability to spot faces? Based on research by CREST researchers Nick Donnelly, Anne Hillstrom and Natalie Mestry, this guide details...Read More »

CREST Guide: Finding hidden targets

What can influence our ability to find hidden targets? Based on research by CREST researchers Nick Donnelly, Anne Hillstrom and Natalie Mestry, this guide...Read More »

CREST Guide: Individual differences in ability to search

What individual differences influence our ability to search? Based on research by CREST researchers Nick Donnelly, Anne Hillstrom and Natalie Mestry, this guide presents...Read More »

CREST Guide: Detecting rare targets

Which challenges influence our ability to detect rare targets? Based on research by CREST researchers Nick Donnelly, Anne Hillstrom and Natalie Mestry, this guide...Read More »

CREST Guide: How training and professional experience affect the ability to spot targets

What can influence our ability to spot targets? Based on research by CREST researchers Nick Donnelly, Anne Hillstrom and Natalie Mestry, this guide presents...Read More »

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