Dr Luke Jones PhD., BA(Hons), Dip.H.E.,Teaching Cert.


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I obtained my PhD at the University of Manchester in 2003 under the supervision of Professor John Wearden . My thesis explored the nature and operation of temporal reference memory in the SET (scalar expectancy theory) model of human timing. During this time I also worked as an associate lecturer for the Open University teaching neuroscience.

I then spent two years as a post-doctoral researcher in the Visual Perception laboratory at the University of Liverpool working with Dr Marco Bertamini . My first year was spent researching the phenomenon of boundary extension and also the naive optics of mirror reflections. On obtaining a research grant from the ESRC  I spent the second year conducting psychophysical research on people's ability to use the depth cues afforded by reflections. You can read about this research here

In May 2005 I began my employment as a Lecturer back here in the School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Manchester, although I was already teaching here on a temporary basis in 2004. I have set up a Time Perception Laboratory in the department. Time perception continues to be my main research focus but I also have research collaborations with RNCM looking at musical performance anxiety, and with the Philosophy department investigting epistemological issues of time. I have published extensively on the topic of time perception and in 2009 my work was featured on the front cover of New Scientist magazine. I also have interests in combining art with science and have participnated in serval internnational conferences of this nature. You can visit the website for my Time Perception lab here

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Associate Editor of The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology

Experimental Psychology Society

Biology, Medicine and Health (BMH) Domains


  • time perception

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