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Prof Noellie Brockdorff
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Professor Noellie Brockdorff B.Sc., M.Sc. (Birm.), Ph.D.(Birm.)
Office: Room 302, Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences


After completing a bachelor degree in Mathematics and Computer Science in 1994, Noellie graduated M.Sc. in Cognitive Science in 1995. She was awarded a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology by the University of Birmingham in 1998. Between 1998 and 2001 she was a Research Fellow in the Department of Psychology at the University of Warwick and in 2002 she was appointed Lecturer in Cognitive Science at the University of Malta. She has published research on categorization, recognition memory, and perspective-taking in leading academic journals and conferences.

Noellie has been involved in developing and contributing to a number of collaborative degree programmes that apply decision making in different contexts. These include the collaborative MA in Integrated Marketing Communications offered in collaboration with San Diego State University within the International Master Programme of the University of Malta and the Joint European Master’s in Performative Creativity. She has over 25 years experience in directing, designing and conducting consumer behaviour and market research projects for leading international companies.

Prof. Brockdorff has, for many years, collaborated with and provided input to inter-disciplinary initiatives of the Law & IT Research Unit (now the Department of Information Policy & Governance) of the University of Malta focusing on legal reasoning, artificial intelligence and cognitive science applications in law. She is also part of cross-disciplinary and multi-national teams working on EU-funded research projects, such as CONSENT and COBEREN.

Research interests: cognitive science and cognitive neuroscience focusing on decision making, memory, concepts and categorization; perspective-taking; conceptualizations and perceptions of privacy.


Selected Publications

Heit, E., Brockdorff, N., & Lamberts, K. (2008). Categorization, recognition, and unsupervised learning. In Gluck, M., Anderson, J., & Kosslyn, S. (Eds.), Memory and Mind. Erlbaum

Bott, L., Brock, J., Brockdorff, N., Boucher, J., & Lamberts, K. (2006). Perceptual similarity in Autism. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 59(7),1237-1254.

Heit, E., Brockdorff, N., & Lamberts, K. (2004). Strategic processes in false recognition memory. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. 11, 380-386

Heit, E., Brockdorff, N., & Lamberts, K. (2003). Adaptive changes in response criterion in recognition memory. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. 10, 718-723

Lamberts, K., Brockdorff, N., & Heit, E. (2003). Feature-sampling and random-walk models of individual stimulus recognition. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.132, 351-378

Lamberts, K., Brockdorff, N., & Heit, E. (2002). Perceptual processes in matching and recognition of complex pictures. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, 28, 1176-1191.

Brockdorff, N. and Lamberts, K. (2000). A feature-sampling account of the time course of old-new recognition judgments. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 26, 77-102.

Lamberts, K. and Brockdorff, N. (1997). Fast categorization of stimuli with multivalued dimensions. Memory & Cognition, 25, 296-304.


Scholarly, Professional and Other Activities

Head, Department of Cognitive Science, Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences

Team-leader, Work-Package Co-ordinator, and standing member of the Steering Committee for the CONSENT project. CONSENT is funded under the EU FP7 SSH framework and involves 19 institutions across 14 EU and investigates the issue of consent of Internet users in various on-line contexts including social networking sites. Using online research to complement legal analytical reviews, this project tackles the notion of consent as part of the traditional structure of EU data protection regimes and its validity in the on-line world.

Team-leader for COBEREN project, a Lifelong Learning Erasmus Network project. COBEREN is a network of 38 partners in Europe with the objective of analysing and disseminating knowledge in Consumer Behaviour.

Reviewer for several academic journals including Psychological Science, Journal of Memory and Language, Memory and Cognition, and European Journal of Cognitive Psychology.

Member of the team responsible for the Master in the Science of Performative Creativity.

Last Updated: 17 April 2016

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