Dr. Paul Taylor


School of Psychology

Darwin Building, DB217

+44 (0) 1772 89 4474


Paul is research active within the area of psychology and is a member of the Cognitive Research Group.

Full Profile

Returning to education as a mature student in 1995 Paul enrolled at Lancaster and Morecambe College, where he completed an access course enabling him to study at degree level. Upon finishing his degree at Lancaster University he secured funding from the ESRC to stay and study for his PhD.

Paul began his PhD in September 1999 under the supervision of Dr. Stefan Vogt and Prof. Brian Hopkins and submitted his thesis entitled: “Priming of Actions by Seen Objects and Body Parts: Visuo-Motor and Motor-Visual Effects” in Sept 2003. He started teaching as a full-time lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire in 2003.

BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Lancaster,1999
PhD Psychology, University of Lancaster, 2004 (ESRC Funded.)


Vogt, S., Taylor, P., & Hopkins, B. (2003). Visuomotor priming by pictures of hand postures: Perspective matters. Neuropsychologia;41: 941-951.

Taylor, P., Vogt, S., & Hopkins, B. (Under Revision). Dissociating motor-visual and visuo-motor priming: Further evidence for different mechanisms in the visual processing of own and other’ hands. Submitted to Visual Cognition, now under revision.

More publications


The visual control of action

The effects of action planning on perception


The use of imagery and observation in sport

The goal directed nature of action planning


Paul is the year zero and foundation studies co-ordinator for the department as well as Module Leader for PSC005 (Yr Zero Psychology) and PS2710 Methods in Sports Science.

In addition he teaches on the following Modules:

PS1000 Introduction to Psychological Enquiry

PS1100 Social & Developmental Psychology

PS1112 Introduction to Psychology in Sport

PS1200 Psychobiology & Cognition

PS1500 Topics in Psychology

PS2100 Social Psychology

PS2400 Cognitive Psychology

PS2710 Methods in Sports Science

PS2900 Sport Psychology

PS2910 Sport Psychology (Sports Science)

PS3407 Control, Action and Sport

PS3900 Final Year Project Supervision

PS4772 Implementing Psychological Research Techniques.

PS4901 Cognition and Emotion in Sport

PS4904 Applied Sport Psychology