Dr Olivia Jones



I am a teaching and research coordinator and a member of the Psychology in Education Research Centre in the Department of Education. I am currently also a lecturer in Research Methods in Psychology in Education. Prior to this I worked as a lecturer in Cognitive and Biological Psychology for the Open University.

I completed my funded PhD and Postgraduate Diploma in the Psychology department at the University of Hull in 2017. My research primarily focused on investigating which brain regions are causally involved in the process of itch, using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). Prior to this, I gained both my MRes in Psychology and Undergraduate Degree in Sociology with Social Psychology at the University of York. My MRes project focused on the role of Broca’s area for phonology during visual word recognition using Magnetoencephalography (MEG) in the York Neuroimaging Centre.

My interests primarily involve exploring atypical development and learning abilities. I also have a keen interest in using neuroscience techniques to explore a variety of underlying processes.

Departmental roles

  • Research and teaching coordinator
  • Lecturer in Research Methods


Research group(s)


Selected publications

  • Jones, O., Schindler, I., & Holle, H. (2018). Transcranial magnetic stimulation over contralateral primary somatosensory cortex disrupts perception of itch intensity. Experimental dermatology
  • Jones, O., Schindler, I., & Holle, H. (2017). Assessing acute itch intensity: general labelled magnitude scale is more reliable than classic visual analogue scale. Acta dermato-venereologica, 97(3), 375-376.


Contact details

Department of Education
University of York
Department of Education
YO10 5DD

Tel: +44 (0)1904 322448