Dr Alastair Smith

Dr Alastair Smith

Associate Professor in Psychology

School of Psychology (Faculty of Health and Human Sciences)


Academic qualifications
2015: PGCHE, University of Nottingham
2003: PhD, University of Bristol
1999: BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Birmingham

Positions held
2017-date: Associate Professor (Reader), University of Plymouth
2008-2017: Assistant Professor, University of Nottingham
2005-2008: MRC Research Associate, University of Bristol
2004-2005: ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Bristol
2003-2004: BBSRC Research Associate, University of Bristol
2000-2008: Honorary Neuropsychologist, North Bristol NHS Trust

Professional membership

Higher Education Academy
Applied Vision Association
British Neuropsychological Society
Experimental Psychology Society
NSF Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center (SILC) Spatial Network

Key publications are highlighted

Thair H, Holloway A, Newport R & Smith AD 2017 'Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS): A Beginner's Guide for Design and Implementation' Frontiers in Neuroscience , DOI PEARL
Alotaibi A, Underwood G & Smith AD 2017 'Cultural differences in attention: Eye movement evidence from a comparative visual search task' Conscious Cogn 55, 254-265 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Smith AD & Milne E 2017 'Dual Coding of object relations: An alternative framework for understanding perceptual processing in autism?' Visual Cognition 1-11 , DOI PEARL
Ropar D, Greenfield K, Smith AD, Carey M & Newport R 2017 'Body representation difficulties in children and adolescents with autism may be due to delayed development of visuo-tactile temporal binding' Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience , DOI PEARL
Smith AD, Kenny L, Rudnicka A, Briscoe J & Pellicano E 2016 'Drawing Firmer Conclusions: Autistic Children Show No Evidence of a Local Processing Bias in a Controlled Copying Task' Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 46, (11) 3481-3492 , DOI PEARL
Buckley MG, Smith AD & Haselgrove M 2016 'Thinking outside of the box: Transfer of shape-based reorientation across the boundary of an arena' Cognitive Psychology 87, 53-87 , DOI PEARL
Buckley MG, Smith AD & Haselgrove M 2015 'Blocking spatial navigation across environments that have a different shape' Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition 42, (1) 51-66 , DOI PEARL
Greenfield K, Ropar D, Smith AD, Carey M & Newport R 2015 'Visuo-tactile integration in autism: atypical temporal binding may underlie greater reliance on proprioceptive information' Molecular Autism 6, (1) , DOI
Buckley MG, Haselgrove M & Smith AD 2015 'The developmental trajectory of intramaze and extramaze landmark biases in spatial navigation: An unexpected journey' Developmental Psychology 51, (6) 771-791 , DOI PEARL
Smith AD 2015 'Spatial navigation in autism spectrum disorders: a critical review' Frontiers in Psychology 6, , DOI PEARL
Buckley MG, Smith AD & Haselgrove M 2014 'Learned predictiveness training modulates biases towards using boundary or landmark cues during navigation' The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 68, (6) 1183-1202 , DOI PEARL
Buckley MG, Smith AD & Haselgrove M 2014 'Shape shifting: Local landmarks interfere with navigation by, and recognition of, global shape' Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition 40, (2) 492-510 , DOI PEARL
Carton AM & Smith AD 2013 'Assessing the relationship between eating disorder psychopathology and autistic traits in a non-clinical adult population' Eating and Weight Disorders - Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity 19, (3) 285-293 , DOI PEARL
Smith AD, McKeith L & Howard CJ 2013 'The development of path integration: Combining estimations of distance and heading' Experimental Brain Research 231, (4) 445-455 , DOI
Buckley MG & Smith AD 2013 'Evidence for spatial navigational impairments in hydrocephalus patients without spina bifida' Brain and Cognition 83, (1) 132-141 , DOI
Smith AD & Buckley MG 2012 'Spatial navigational impairments in hydrocephalus' Cognitive Processing 13, (S1) 329-332 , DOI
Pellicano E, Smith AD, Cristino F, Hood B, Briscoe J & Gilchrist ID 2011 'Reply to Nemeth and Janacsek: Children with autism learn to search differently in a large-scale context' Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108, (15) E58-E58 , DOI
Howard CJ, Pharaon RG, K├Ârner C, Smith AD & Gilchrist ID 2011 'Visual Search in the Real World: Evidence for the Formation of Distractor Representations' Perception 40, (10) 1143-1153 , DOI
Pellicano E, Smith AD, Cristino F, Hood BM, Briscoe J & Gilchrist ID 2010 'Children with autism are neither systematic nor optimal foragers' Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108, (1) 421-426 , DOI
Smith AD, Howard CJ, Alcock N & Cater K 2010 'Going the distance: spatial scale of athletic experience affects the accuracy of path integration' Experimental Brain Research 206, (1) 93-98 , DOI
Smith AD, Hood BM & Gilchrist ID 2010 'Probabilistic cuing in large-scale environmental search' Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition 36, (3) 605-618 , DOI
Smith AD, Wallace F, Hood B & Gilchrist ID 2009 'Mechanisms of large-scale environmental search: probability cueing depends on the relationship between landmarks and target distribution' Cognitive Processing 10, (S2) 305-306 , DOI
Smith AD, Gilchrist ID, Hood B, Tassabehji M & Karmiloff-Smith A 2009 'Inefficient Search of Large-Scale Space in Williams Syndrome: Further Insights on the Role of LIMK1 Deletion in Deficits of Spatial Cognition' Perception 38, (5) 694-701 , DOI
Smith AD 2009 'On the use of drawing tasks in neuropsychological assessment' Neuropsychology 23, (2) 231-239 , DOI
Smith AD, Gilchrist ID, Cater K, Ikram N, Nott K & Hood BM 2008 'Reorientation in the real world: The development of landmark use and integration in a natural environment' Cognition 107, (3) 1102-1111 , DOI
Liouta E, Smith AD & Mohr C 2008 'Schizotypy and pseudoneglect: A critical update on theories of hemispheric asymmetries' Cognitive Neuropsychiatry 13, (2) 112-134 , DOI
Smith AD, Hood BM & Gilchrist ID 2008 'Visual search and foraging compared in a large-scale search task' Cognitive Processing 9, (2) 121-126 , DOI
Smith AD, Gilchrist ID, Butler SH, Muir K, Bone I, Reeves I & Harvey M 2007 'Non-lateralised deficits of drawing production in hemispatial neglect' Brain and Cognition 64, (2) 150-157 , DOI
Smith AD, Hood BM & Hector K 2006 'Eye remember you two: gaze direction modulates face recognition in a developmental study' Developmental Science 9, (5) 465-472 , DOI
Smith AD, Gilchrist ID, Hood BM & Karmiloff-Smith A 2006 'Developmental components of large-scale search: evidence from children and individuals with partial genetic deletions' Cognitive Processing 7, (S1) 93-94 , DOI
Smith AD, Gilchrist ID & Hood BM 2005 'Children's Search Behaviour in Large-Scale Space: Developmental Components of Exploration' Perception 34, (10) 1221-1229 , DOI
Smith AD 2005 'Around the clock surveillance: simple graphic disturbance in patients with hemispatial neglect carries implications for the clock drawing task' Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry 77, (3) 407-409 , DOI
Smith AD & Gilchrist ID 2005 'Within-object and between-object coding deficits in drawing production' Cognitive Neuropsychology 22, (5) 523-537 , DOI
SMITH A & GILCHRIST I 2005 'Drawing from Childhood Experience: Constructional Apraxia and the Production of Oblique Lines' Cortex 41, (2) 195-204 , DOI
Smith AD & Gilchrist ID 2004 'Evidence for the online operation of imagery: Visual imagery modulates motor production in drawing' BEHAVIORAL AND BRAIN SCIENCES 27, (3) 416-+ Author Site
Smith AD & Gilchrist ID 2004 'Evidence for the online operation of imagery: Visual imagery modulates motor production in drawing' Behavioral and Brain Sciences 27, (03) , DOI
Riddoch MJ, Humphreys GW, Blott W, Hardy E, Smith AD & Smith AD 2003 'Visual and Spatial Short-term Memory in Integrative Agnosia' Cognitive Neuropsychology 20, (7) 641-671 , DOI
Smith AD 2002 'Drawing and cognition : on the role of mental imagery and spatial coding in graphic production'
Buckley M, Smith AD & Haselgrove M 0 'Thinking Outside of the Box II: Disrupting the Cognitive Map' Cognitive Psychology PEARL
Riddoch MJ, Humphreys GW, Blott W, Hardy E & Smith AD 2015 'Visual and spatial short-term memory in integrative agnosia' A Reader in Visual Agnosia 309-338 , DOI
Smith AD & Cohen G 2007 'Memory for places: Routes, maps, and object locations' Memory in the Real World: Third Edition 173-206 , DOI
Conference Papers
Smith AD & De Lillo C 2018 'Individual differences in spatial components of search and foraging' S31-S31
Smith AD, Scott C & Holloway AL 2018 'Inducing difference in search behaviour: Right parietal stimulation modulates efficiency but not learning' S31-S32
Baxter R, Jones PM, Hall SD & Smith AD 2018 'Using immersive virtual environments to explore the blocking of geometric information during spatial learning' S57-S57


ORCID ID: 0000-0002-7335-4083
Scopus Author ID: 55574239834
Loop profile: 163061
ResearcherID: O-3220-2017