Prof Nigel Holt

BSc (Anhrydedd, Reading); PhD (Efrog); CPsychol

Prof Nigel Holt


Head of Department (Psychology)

Department of Psychology

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Nigel Holt joined the psychology department as a senior lecturer in psychology in September, 2012. He was awarded his PhD from University of York after which he worked in industry for a short spell before returning to academia as a research fellow in auditory psychology at University of Reading.His interests have developed and changed considerably since becoming Head of Psychology and have a focus on both recruitment of students as well as raising awareness of psychology as a subject in the UK and further afield. His interests in personal tutoring, student support, mental health of students, transition from school and college to University and how international students integrate and can be supported are central to his role and are becoming a much more central component of his work. More recently his work has been on behaviour change and sustainable food.

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Nigel's main research topics are in the relationship between sound and different aspects of cognition including memory, attention and performance. He has many other research interests including most recently, the perception of time and the psychology of cycling and transport.


Parsons, K, Payne, S, Holt, N & Wallace, J 2024, 'A qualitative study of physical activity drivers in autistic individuals using COM-B: Autistic and non-autistic perspectives', Research in Autism Spectrum Disorder, vol. 111, 102331. 10.1016/j.rasd.2024.102331
Taylor, ANW, Low, DC, Walsh, GS & Holt, N 2023, 'The impact of anxiety on postural control: CO2 challenge model', Psychophysiology, vol. 60, no. 3, e14192. 10.1111/psyp.14192
Walker, I, Thomas, G, natarajan, S & Holt, N 2020, 'Judgments of a Product’s Quality and Perceptions of User Experience Can Be Mediated by Brief Messaging That Matches the Person’s Pre-existing Attitudes', Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 11, 1261. 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.01261
Holt, N, Bremner, A, Sutherland, E & Vliek, M 2019, Psychology: The Science of Mind and Behaviour. 4 edn, McGraw-Hill Education, London.
Gamble, T, Turner-Cobb, JM, Walker, I & Holt, N 2019, 'Putting Proverbs to the Test: An Engaging Approach for Developing Students' Hypothesis Testing Skills', Teaching of Psychology, vol. 46, no. 3, pp. 230-235. 10.1177/0098628319853937
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