Staff Profile


Dr Philip Ulrich

Lecturer in Psychology

School: School of Psychology and Life Sciences

Campus: Canterbury Main Campus

Tel: 01227 921673

Profile summary

After completing my PhD in cognitive neuropsychology, I joined Christ Church University in 2017 as a member of the technical team where I used my broad knowledge of psychology methods, statistics and technology. 

I then moved into a senior research fellowship working with the Head of Department, Dr Amanda Carr, on an EPSRC funded project exploring the use of technology in outdoor play (Playing Out with IoT). 

In 2019 I was offered permanent lectureship.  I now convene the biological and cognitive psychology (2BCP), graduate attributes in psychology (1GAP), and cognitive and biological psychology (4BP) modules, and I supervise several BSc, MSc and DClinPsy research projects.

My current research focuses on the effects of olfaction (sense of smell and taste) on human cognition.  The impact of certain fragrances on personal memory recall is widely perceived, and there is growing evidence of its effects on aspects such as stress and driving performance, but we have limited knowledge about its effects on many other cognitions such as attention and decision making.  There are wide gaps in our knowledge of the psychology of olfaction, making this an exciting and rewarding research area.

Teaching and subject expertise

I am happy to supervise projects exploring any aspect of olfaction.  I have a list of potential projects which we can use and adapt, or I would be happy to design an olfaction study together.

I have access to laboratory delivery of any smell and flavour, and the potential to combine this with research methods such as eye-tracking, EEG (brain activity), heart rate, and skin conductance (emotional response).

I am happy to supervise students interested in my technology with play research.  However, access to a developmental population and an existing DBS are likely to be required.

I can also supervise topics on face recognition, and potentially vestibular cognition (sense of balance). 

Publications and research outputs

Torres, P. E., Ulrich, P. I. N., Cucuiat, V., Cukurova, M., De la Presa, M. F., Luckin, R., Carr, A., Dylan, T., Durrant, A., Vines, J., Lawson, S. (in press). A systematic review of physical-digital play technology and developmentally relevant child behaviour. International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction.

Dylan, T., Wood, G., Durrant, A., Vines, J., Torres, P. E., Ulrich, P., Cukurova, M., Carr, A., Cerci, S., & Lawson, S. (2020). Designing IoT Resources to Support Outdoor Play for Children. In Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (Paper No. 175, pp. 1-12). doi:10.1145/3313831.3376302

Wood, G., Dylan, T., Durrant, A., Torres, P., Ulrich, P., Carr, A., Cukurova, M., Downey, D., McGrath, P., Balaam, M., Ferguson, A., Vines, J., & Lawson, S. (2019). Designing for Digital Playing Out. In Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (Paper No. 679, pp. 1-15). doi:10.1145/3290605.3300909 

Andrews, T. J., Smith, R. K., Hoggart, R. L., Ulrich, P. I. N. & Gouws, A. D. (2018). Neural Correlates of Group Bias During Natural Viewing. Cerebral Cortex, 1-10. doi:10.1093/cercor/bhy206

Ulrich, P. I. N., Wilkinson, D. T., Bindemann, M., & Ferguson, H. J. (2017, May). Caloric Vestibular Stimulation Improves Judgments of Face Familiarity in Developmental Prosopagnosics and Controls. Poster presented at the International Neuromodulation Society 13th World Congress, Noninvasive Brain Stimulation Pre-Conference, Edinburgh, UK. Retrieved from

Cane, J., Ferguson, H., Ulrich, P., & Apperly, I. (2016, November). The Impact of Alcohol Cognitions and Contexts on Perspective Taking. Poster presented at the Psychonomic Society 57th Annual Meeting, Boston, MA. Retrieved from 

Ulrich, P. I. N., Wilkinson, D. T., Ferguson, H. J., Smith, L. J., Bindemann, M., Johnston, R. A. & Schmalzl, L. (2016). Perceptual and Memorial Contributions to Developmental Prosopagnosia. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 70(2), 298-315. doi:10.1080/17470218.2016.1177101


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