Dr Paul Rodway

Senior Lecturer


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

MSc, Intelligent Systems, Brunel University.

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


Paul Rodway is a research-active Experimental Psychologist and Senior Lecturer in Psychology. Paul joined the department in September 2008, having previously worked as a psychology lecturer at the University of Bradford and the University of Abertay Dundee.  Paul currently supervises three PhD students.

Paul is an assessment officer for the psychology department.

Email: p.rodway@chester.ac.uk

Personal Website: http://rodwaypaul.wix.com/rodwaypaul1


At undergraduate level, Paul Rodway is currently co-module leader on third-year Biological Psychology and teaches on second-year Cognitive Psychology, and the cognitive component of the first year Core Topics Module. He also provides project supervision for final year Research Dissertations and he teaches at postgraduate level, contributing to the teaching of Research Methods and Biological Psychology.


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

Journal articles:

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. http://psycnet.apa.org/doi/10.1037/aca0000159

Rodway P.,  Schepman A.,  Crossley B., & Lee, J. (2018). 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., 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. (Free Open Access for a limited number of downloads). http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/wUwdYGkREA8JWvbgbPBn/full

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. (in press, available online 2015). Right-lateralized unconscious, but not conscious, processing of affective environmental sounds. Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition, 21(4-6), 606-623. https://doi.org/10.1080/1357650X.2015.1105245

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. (2015). Shared liking and association valence for representational art but not abstract art. Journal of Vision, 15, 11. doi:10.1167/15.5.11

Kreplin, U., Thoma, V., & Rodway, P. (2014). Looking behaviour and preference for artworks: The role of emotional valence and location. Acta Psychologica,152, 100 108. doi:10.1016/j.actpsy.2014.08.003

Rodway, P., Schepman, A., & Lambert, J. (2013). The influence of position and context on facial attractiveness. Acta Psychologica,144, 522-529. doi:10.1016/j.actpsy.2013.09.004

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

Schepman, A., Rodway, P., Beattie, C., & Lambert, J. (2012). An observational study of undergraduate students’ adoption of (mobile) note-taking software. Computers in Human Behavior, 28(2), 308 – 317.  doi: 10.1016/j.chb.2011.09.014.

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

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. 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. doi:10.1016/j.rasd.2011.03.002.

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., Schepman, A., & Rodway, P. (2009). The linguistic status of text message abbreviations: An exploration using a Stroop task. Computers in Human Behavior, 25(4), 970-974.

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

Rodway, P., Gillies, K., & Schepman, A. (2006). Vivid Imagers Are Better at Detecting Salient Changes. Journal of Individual Differences, 27, 218-228.

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.

Schepman, A., & Rodway, P. (2000). Prosody and On-Line Parsing in Coordination Structures. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, A53, 377-396.

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