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Rob Jenkins



Cognitive psychologist

  • BSc (Hons) Cognitive Science, University of Westminster
  • PhD Psychology, University College London


  • 2013-present  Reader, Department of Psychology, University of York
  • 2006-2013  Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer, University of Glasgow
  • 2004-2006  Scientist, MRC Cognition & Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge
  • 2002-2004  British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Glasgow
  • 2000-2002  Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Glasgow



I am a cognitive psychologist. I use experimental methods and data analysis to examine problems in practical ethics.


Anthropogenic risk. Many of the most pressing problems facing humanity are human in origin. I am interested in general principles of decision making and behaviour that expose humanity to these risks, especially extinction risks such as nuclear war, pathogen release, and misaligned AI.

Mind perception. Ethical consideration of others (humans, robots, rocks) often depends on whether or not we view them as conscious. My research examines cues that inform attribution of consciousness to others in everyday life.


  • 2020–2021  Leverhulme Trust RF-2020-448\10. Systematic review of weekday effects
  • 2019–2020  British Academy MD19\190023. Weekly fluctuations in decision making and behaviour
  • 2018–2021  Leverhulme Trust RPG-2019-085. Face detection by humans


  • 2018  Psychonomic Society prize for best paper
  • 2017  BPS Cognitive Section prize for best paper

Available PhD research projects

I welcome PhD enquiries particularly in the area of anthropogenic risk.


Selected publications

  • Sanders, J. G., Ueda, Y., Yoshikawa, S., & Jenkins, R. (2019). More human than human: a Turing test for photographed faces. Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications, 4(1), 1-10.
  • Jenkins, R., Dowsett, A. J., & Burton, A. M. (2018). How many faces do people know? Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 285(1888), 20181319.
  • Sanders, J. G., & Jenkins, R. (2016). Weekly fluctuations in risk tolerance and voting behaviour. PLOS One, 11(7), e0159017.
  • Ellis, D. A., Wiseman, R., & Jenkins, R. (2015). Mental representations of weekdays. PLOS One, 10(8), e0134555.

Full publications list

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  • Advanced Module: Cognitive Anomalies, Decision Making, and Democracy (CADMAD)


  • Advanced Issues in Experimental, Cognitive, and Social Psychology

External activities


  • 2002-present  Member, Experimental Psychology Society (EPS)
  • 2013-2018  Member, Global Young Academy (GYA)

Contact details

Rob Jenkins
Department of Psychology
Room PS/E/106

Tel: 01904 323144