My three main research interests are:
1. Anomalous cognition and consciousness
I am especially interested in identifying how/why anomalous cognitive effects such as precall, precognition, psychokinesis, effects of staring etc. occur. In addition, I am interested in what the implications are of such effects for models/theories of consciousness.
2. Enhancing human performance
Here the focus of my research has been to examine the various techniques that have been used over time to aid or enhance some aspect of human performance. I have a special interest in the use of electroencephalographic biofeedback and cortical entrainment techniques to enhance cognition.
3. Creative problem solving
I am currently exploring issues related to creative problem solving and the various techniques and tools used to enhance creative problem solving. More specifically I am interested in exploring the various ways in which creativity, and creative problem solving in particular, can be improved.
Teaching and subject expertise
MPSMD1BMB Brain, Mind & Behaviour
MPSMD2BCP Biological & Cognitive Psychology (Convenor)
MPSMD3PRR Psychology Research Project (Convenor)
MPSMD3ACC Anomalous Cognition (Convenor)
MPSTH4CTC Creativity and Cognition
MPSTH4CBP Brain and Cognition
Professional member of the Parapsychology Association
Professional member of the Society for Psychical Research
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Academic Editor PLOS ONE
- Hocking, I., & Vernon, D. (2016). A matter of perspective: The impact of near and far conceptual distance on creative problem solving. BPS Cognitive Psychology Section conference, 31st Aug – 2nd Sept. 2016, Barcelona, Spain.
- Hocking, I., Vernon, D., Rehal, N., & Valkova, M. (2016). Which cues work best? An examination of the components of two structured thinking tools using eye tracking analysis. BPS Cognitive Psychology Section conference, 31st Aug – 2nd Sept. 2016, Barcelona, Spain.
- Vernon, D. (2016). Exploring precall using arousing images and utilising a memory recall practise task on-line. 40th Society for Psychical Research International Annual Conference, Leeds, UK, Sept 2-4th.
- Vernon, D., & Hocking, I. (2016). Either here or there: Exploring conceptual distance using a novel clock-face paradigm in a creative problem solving task. American Psychological Association, DIV10, Denver, COL, USA, August 4-7th.
- Vernon, D., & Hocking, I. (2016). Six thinking hats vs. six good men: Does the order of the elements matter? American Psychological Association, DIV10, Denver, COL, USA, August 4-7th.
- Vernon, D., & Hocking, I. (2015). Comparing structured thinking tools on a problem construction task using an ill-defined problem. BPS Cognitive Psychology Section conference, 1-3 September 2015, University of Kent.
- Hocking, I. and Vernon, D. (2015). Have you tried ‘brain breathing’? Structured thinking and problem construction. BPS Cognitive Psychology Section conference, 1-3 September 2015, University of Kent.
- Hocking, I. & Vernon, D. (2015). Applying structured techniques in a problem construction task. American Psychological Association, DIV10, Toronto, August 6- 9th.
- Hocking, I., & Vernon, D. (2014). Structured thinking techniques improve fluency and originality in a problem finding task. The BPS Cognitive Psychology Section, Nottingham Trent University, Sept 3 -5th.
- Bazanova, O., & Vernon, D. (2014). Neurofeedback: Reviewing the methodology. The Society of Applied Neuroscience, Utrecht, The Netherlands, Jan 30th – Feb 2nd.
- Bazanova, O., Lazareva O. Y., Vernon, D. (2014). The influence of self-regulation technique on the efficiency of voluntary increasing alpha power training. The Society of Applied Neuroscience, Utrecht, The Netherlands, Jan 30th – Feb 2nd.
- Reeves, S., & Vernon, D. (2013). Comparing the effects of subliminal primes and phrases on working memory performance: Are they mediated by motivation? Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, San Diego, CA, USA. 12th – 15th July.
Publications and research outputs
- Vernon, D. (2009). Human Potential: Exploring Techniques Used to Enhance Human Performance. London, Routledge.
- Vernon, D. (2017). Exploring precognition using arousing images and utilising an on-line memory recall practise task. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 81(2), 65-79.
- Vernon, D., & Hocking, I. (2016). Beyond belief: Structured techniques prove more effective than a placebo intervention in a problem construction task. Thinking Skills and Creativity, 19, 153-159.
- Vernon, D., Hocking, I., & Tyler, T. C. (2016). An evidence-based review of creative problem solving tools: A practitioner's resource. Human Resource Development Review, 1-30. doi:10.1177/1534484316641512.
- Vernon, D. (2015). Exploring precognition using a repetition priming paradigm. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 79(2), 65-79.
- Vernon, D., & Hocking, I. (2014). Comparing six thinking hats and six good men on a problem finding task. Thinking Skills and Creativity.14, 41-46.
- Pike, C., Vernon, D., & Hald, L. (2014). Asymmetric activation of the anterior cerebral cortex in recipients of IRECA: preliminary evidence for the energetic effects of an intention-based treatment modality on human neurophysiology. Journal of Complimentary Medicine, 1-17.
- Bazanova, O., & Vernon, D. (2014). Interpreting alpha EEG activity. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews. 44, 94-110.
- Vernon, D., Peryer, G., Louch, G., & Shaw, M. (2014). Tracking EEG changes to alpha binaural beats. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 93(1), 134-139.
- Hald, L.A., Hocking, I., Vernon, D., Marshall, J., & Garnham, A. (2013). Exploring modality switching effects in negated sentences: further evidence for grounded representations. Frontiers in Psychology, doi:10.3389.
- Van Boxtel, G.J.M., Denissen, A., Jager, M., Vernon, D., Dekker, M.K.J., Mihajlovic, V., & Sitskoorn, M.M. (2012). A novel self-guided approach to alpha activity training using water based electrodes. International Journal of Psychophysiology,282-294
- Vernon, D., Dempster, T., Bazanova, O., Rutterford, N., Pasqualini, M., Andersen, S. (2009). Alpha neurofeedback training for performance enhancement: reviewing the methodology. Journal of Neurotherapy, 13, 1-13.