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At undergraduate level, Paul is co-module leader for third-year Biological Psychology (PS6034) and teaches on Understanding the Mind (PS5017) and Core Topics in Psychology (PS4010). At Postgraduate level Paul is module leader for Cognitive Psychology (PS7312) and co-module leader for Biological Psychology (PS7311). Paul also teaches research methods on a number of modules, including PS5015, PS7301, PS5017, and PS7312. He also provides project supervision for research dissertations at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and supervises PhD students.


Paul’s research is primarily in experimental psychology, with a focus on hemispheric differences in functioning, the perception of emotion (facial or vocal), aesthetics, and factors that influence preferences and decisions.

Published Work

Rodway, P., & Schepman, A. (2022). Who goes where in couples and pairs? Effects of sex and handedness on side preferences in human dyads. Laterality, 1-28. DOI: 10.1080/1357650X.2022.2090573

Rodway, P., Thoma, V., & Schepman, A. (2022). The effects of sex and handedness on masturbation laterality and other lateralized motor behaviours. Laterality27(3), 324-352.

Schepman, A.  & Rodway, P. (2022). The General Attitudes towards Artificial Intelligence Scale (GAAIS): Confirmatory Validation and Associations with Personality, Corporate Distrust, and General Trust, International Journal of Human–Computer Interaction, DOI: 10.1080/10447318.2022.2085400

Díaz, S., Murray, L., Roberts, S. G., & Rodway, P. (2021). Between-task consistency, temporal stability and the role of posture in simple reach and fishing hand preference in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 242, 105417.

Thoma, V., Rodway, P., & Tamlyn, G. (2021). Gut thinking and eye tracking: evidence for a central preference heuristic. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 1-12.

Schepman, A., & Rodway, P. (2021). Concreteness of semantic interpretations of abstract and representational artworks. Acta Psychologica, 215, 103269.

Díaz, S., Murray, L., & Rodway, P. (2021). Limb preference and personality in donkeys (Equus asinus). Laterality, 26(1-2), 186-200.

Díaz, S., Murray, L., Roberts, S. G., & Rodway, P. (2020). Social Network Analysis of a Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) Group in Captivity Following the Integration of a New Adult Member. International Journal of Primatology, 41(5), 683-700.

Rodway, P., & Schepman, A. (2020). A leftward bias for the arrangement of consumer items that differ in attractiveness. Laterality, 25(5), 599-619.

Schepman, A., & Rodway, P. (2020). Initial validation of the general attitudes towards artificial intelligence scale. Computers in Human Behavior Reports, 1, 100014.

Schepman, A., & Rodway, P. (2019). Shared meaning in representational and abstract visual art: An empirical study. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 15(3), 458–469

Rodway P., Schepman A., Crossley B., & Lee, J. (2019). A leftward perceptual asymmetry when judging the attractiveness of visual patterns, Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition, DOI: 10.1080/1357650X.2018.1461897

Schepman, A., Kirkham, J., Rodway, P., Lambert, J. & Locke, A. (2018). Shared meaning in children’s evaluations of art: A computational analysis. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts.

Schepman, A., Rodway, P., Cornmell, L., Smith, B., de Sa, S. L., Borwick, C., & Belfon-Thompson, E. (2017). Right-ear precedence and vocal emotion contagion: The role of the left hemisphere. Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition, 1-28.

Rodway, P. Schepman, A. & Thoma, V. (2016). Reachability Does Not Explain the Middle Preference: A Comment on Bar-Hillel (2015). i-Perception 7 (2), 2041669516639959.

Rodway, P., Kirkham, J., Schepman, A., Lambert, J. & Locke, A. (2016). The development of shared liking of representational but not abstract art in primary school children and their justifications for liking. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 10 (21).

Schepman, A., Rodway, P. & Pritchard, H. (2015). Right-lateralized unconscious, but not conscious, processing of affective environmental sounds. Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition.

Schepman, A. Rodway, P. & Pullen, S. J. (2015). Greater cross-viewer similarity of semantic associations for representational than for abstract artworks. Journal of Vision, 15(14):12, 1–6.

Schepman, A., Rodway, P., Pullen, S. & Kirkham, J.A. (2015). Shared liking and association valence for representational art but not abstract art. Journal of Vision 15(5), 11: 1-10.

Kreplin, U., Thoma, V., and Rodway, P. (2014). Looking behaviour and preference for artworks: The role of emotional valence and location. Acta Psychologica, 152, 100-108.

Rodway, P., Schepman, A., and Lambert, J. (2013). The influence of position and context on facial attractiveness. Acta Psychologica, 144, 522-529.

Schepman, A., Rodway, P., and Geddes, P. (2012).  Valence-specific laterality effects in vocal emotion: Interactions with stimulus type, blocking and sex . Brain and Cognition, 79 (2), 129-137.

Rodway, P., Schepman, A. and Lambert, J. (2012). Preferring the one in the middle: Further evidence for the center-stage effect. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 26 (2), 215-222.

Schepman, A., Rodway, P., Beattie, C. and Lambert, J. (2012). An observational study of undergraduate students' adoption of (mobile) note-taking software. Computers in Human Behavior, 28, 308–317. https://doi:10.1016/j.chb.2011.09.014

Jansari, A, Rodway, P & Goncalves, S (2011). Identifying facial emotions: Valence Specific Effects and an exploration of the effects of viewer gender. Brain and Cognition, 76, 415-423. https://doi:10.1016/j.brandc.2011.03.009

Brennand, R., Schepman, A. & Rodway, P. (2011). Vocal emotion perception in pseudo-sentences by secondary-school children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Research in autism spectrum disorders, 5 (4), 1567-1573. https://doi:10.1016/j.rasd.2011.03.002

Currant, N., Haigh, J., Higgison, C., Hughes, P., Rodway, P., & Whitfield, R. (2010). Designing eportfolio based learning activities to promote learner autonomy. Fourth Cohort of the Inter/National Coalition for Research into Electronic Portfolios.

Jessen, T and Rodway. P. (2010).  The effects of familiar and unfamiliar adverts on selective attention. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 110, 3, 941-960.

McWilliam L.P. , Schepman, A.,  and  Rodway, P. (2009). The linguistic status of text message abbreviations: An exploration using a Stroop task. Computers in Human Behavior, 25, 970-974.

Rodway, P. and Schepman, A. (2007). Valence specific laterality effects in vocal emotion: Expectancy account and the effects of morphed prosody and stimulus lead. Brain and Cognition, 63, 31-41.

Rodway, P., Gillies, K. and Schepman, A. (2006). Individual differences in change detection: Vivid imagers are better at detecting salient changes. Journal of Individual Differences, 27, 218-22.

Rodway, P. (2005). The modality shift effect and the effectiveness of warning signals in different modalities. Acta Psychologica, 120 (2):199-226.

Hardie, S., Hancock P., Rodway P, Penton-Voak I, Carson D and Wright, L (2005). The enigma of facial asymmetry: is there a gender-specific pattern of facedness? Laterality, 10 (4), 295-304.

Wright, L., Hardie, S. and Rodway, P (2004). Pause before you respond: Handedness influences response style on the Tower of Hanoi Task. Laterality, 9 (2), 133-147.

Rodway, P., (2004). Stimulus array onset as a preparatory signal in attentional selection. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 98, 599-614.

Rodway, P. Wright, L. and Hardie, S. (2003). The valence specific laterality effect in free viewing conditions. The influence of sex, handedness, and response bias. Brain and Cognition, 53, 452-456.

Rodway, P., Dienes, Z. and Schepman, A. (2000). The effects of cigarette smoking on negative priming. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 8, 104-111.

Schepman, A. and Rodway, P. (2000). Prosody and Parsing in Coordination Structures. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology: A. 53(2), 377-396.


BSc (Hons) Psychology, 1st Class, University of East London.

MSc, Intelligent Systems, Brunel University.

PhD, The effects of nicotine on attention, University of Sussex.