Jet Sanders
PhD Student



Jet Sanders obtained an MA in Psychology from the University of Glasgow in 2013. In her final year she also obtained a bursary to take part in a summer research project regarding weekday effects on pedestrian road crossing. She then moved to the University of York to complete a Master of Research focusing on other psychological effects of weekdays. Currently, Jet researches psychological effects of masks on the wearer for her PhD, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.


  • PhD student, Department of Psychology, University of York (2014 – present)
  • MRes in Psychology, University of York (2013 – 2014)
  • Summer Research Project, Department of Psychology, University of Glasgow (2012)
  • MA (Hons) in Psychology, University of Glasgow (2009 – 2013)

Departmental roles

  • ECR First Year Representative

University roles

  • Statistics Drop-in Tutor with Math Skill Centre
  • White Rose Doctoral Training Centre Student representative 



I am interested in cross-cultural, cognitive and applied research. Currently, I am working in fields of face perception, time perception and mind wandering.


  • Psychological effects of masks on the wearer

For my PhD, I research psychological effects of masks on the wearer. I focus both on the detection of realistic masks and investigating what it does to a person to drastically change one’s facial appearance using a mask. Amongst others, we use hyper-realistic silicone masks to test this.

  • Psychological effects of weekdays

I am also interested in effects of weekday on cognition and behaviour, specifically whether systematic change occurs over the days of the week. Techniques used can range from lab-based research, to large-scale observational data collection or secondary data analysis. In recent research I looked at effects of weekday on risk taking and polling data.

  • Where reading and mind-wandering interacts

I am involved in research looking at the relationship between reading and mind-wandering. We think that mind wandering and reading may draw on the same resources. To test this we measure the consequences of mind wandering during reading and are trying to identify a physical marker for mind wandering.

Research group(s)

  • Social interaction (Social Minds)
  • Face perception research group (FaceLab)
  • Mind wandering research group


  • Prins Bernard Culture Foundation Encouragement Grant (2013) – awarded 5000
  • ESRC 1+3 Studentship (2013-2016)
  • Chancellors Summer Research Fund (2012) – awarded £1800
  • Alasdair Weir Prize for outstanding undergraduate performance (2012)


  • Dr Rob Jenkins, University of York (supervisor)
  • Dr Jonny Smallwood, University of York
  • Dr Ayahito Ito, Tohoku Fukushi University



  • Mini Projects (BSc Year 2)
  • Social, Personality and Abnormal Psychology Tutorials (BSc Year 2)
  • Perception and Cognition Tutorials (BSc Year 2)


  • Msc Statistics Practical marking 


Selected publications


  • Sanders, J. (2014) Psychological effects of weekday, Social Minds, University of York
  • Sanders, J. Ellis, D., & Jenkins, R. (2012) Psychological effects of weekday on pedestrian road crossing behaviour, Glasgow City Council


  • Sanders, J. & Jenkins, R (2014) Midweek dips in risk taking and mood, WRDTC Induction Conference, Leeds
  • Sanders, J. & Jenkins, R. (2014) Weekday effects on mood and risk taking, Minds Across Cultures Conference, University of York


Contact details

Ms Jet Sanders
PhD student
Department of Psychology
Room PS/B214

Tel: 01904 324649