Dr Dean Petters

Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology

Email:
dean.petters@bcu.ac.uk
Phone:
0121 331 6351
Biography

Dean is a lecturer in Cognitive Psychology. He gained a PhD in Cognitive Science at the University of Birmingham. He has worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Birmingham and Aston University and has also previously taught psychology with the Open University and lectured in Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science at the University of Birmingham, lectured in Cognitive Psychology at Newman University, and lectured in Social Psychology and Applied Psychology at the University of Northampton.

His research interests range from Bowlby-Ainsworth Attachment Theory, emotion research, and dual process approaches to understanding social and developmental phenomena, to research on visual object recognition, and modelling relational processing and attention with artificial neural networks. He is particularly interested in cross-disciplinary research, such as using agent based models and cognitive architectures to simulate social and emotional phenomena, and using new technologies to support psychological interventions.

Areas of Expertise
  • Developmental Psychology (Attachment Theory, Cognitive Development)
  • Computational modelling (with autonomous software agents, production systems and artificial neural networks)
  • Human Computer Interaction (human-robot interaction, technology enhanced learning, learner modelling)
  • Cognitive Psychology (high level cognition, cognitive architectures, visual perception, visual object recognition, selective attention)
  • Cognitive Science (including Philosophy of Cognitive Science, and varieties of embodied, extended and enactive cognition)
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Emotion
Memberships
  • The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour
  • The International Society for Research in Emotion
  • The Association for the Advancement of Affective Computing
  • Registered as a Chartered Psychologist by the British Psychological Society
  • Honorary research fellow at the University of Birmingham
Publications

Journal Papers:

  • Jüttner, M. and Wakui, E. and Petters, D. and Davidoff, J. (2016) Developmental commonalities between object and face recognition in adolescence. Frontiers in Psychology, 7 (MAR). ISSN 16641078
  • M. Juttner, D. Petters, E. Wakui, and J. Davidoff (2014).  Late development of metric part-relational processing in object recognition.  Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 40, 4, 1718-1734.
  • E. Waters, D. Petters, and C. Facompre.  Some Reflections on a Special Issue of Attachment & Human Development in Mary Ainsworth’s 100 year (2013). Attachment and Human Development. 15, 5-6, 673-68
  • E. Wakui, M. Jüttner, D. Petters, S. Kaur, J. Hummel, and J. Davidoff.  (2013) Earlier development of analytical than holistic object recognition in adolescence. PLoS ONE 8(4): e61041. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0061041
  • M. Jüttner, E. Wakui, D. Petters, S. Kaur, and J. Davidoff (2013).  Developmental trajectories of part-based and configural object recognition in adolescence. Developmental Psychology 49 (1) 161-176 (Online first publication March 26, 2012
  • D. Petters.  Agent-based models Inspired by Bowlby-Ainsworth Attachment Theory. (2013) A.I.S.B. Quarterly 136, 23-27.
  • D. Petters, E. Waters, and A, Sloman (2011). Modelling Machines which can Love: From Bowlby's Attachment Control System to Requirements for Romantic Robots. Emotion Researcher 26, (2), 5-7
  • D. Petters, E. Waters, and F. Schönbrodt, (2010). Strange Carers: Robots as Attachment Figures and Aids to Parenting. Interaction Studies: Social Behaviour and Communication in Biological and Artificial Systems, 11:2, 246-252.
  • D. Petters, and E. Waters, (2009). Modeling, Simulating, and Simplifying Links Between Stress, Attachment, and Reproduction. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 31, 1, 39-40.

Edited book:

  • J. Wyatt, D. Petters, and D. Hogg (Eds.), (2014). 'From Animals to Robots and Back: reflections on hard problems in the study of cognition'. Cognitive Systems Monographs, Springer: London.

Book chapters:

  • D. Petters, J. Hummel, M. Jüttner, E. Wakui, and J. Davidoff (Accepted). Using computational models of object recognition to investigate representational change through development. In: G. Dodig-Crnovic and R. Giavagnoli ‘Representation of Reality: Humans, Animals and Machines’.  Springer: London.
  • D. Petters (2014). Losing Control within the H-Cogaff architecture. In: J. Wyatt, D. Petters, and D. Hogg (Eds.) 'From Animals to Robots and Back: reflections on hard problems in the study of cognition'. Cognitive Systems Monographs, Springer: London.
  • D. Petters (2014). Bring Together Different Piece to Better Understand Whole Minds. In: J. Wyatt, D. Petters, and D. Hogg (Eds.) 'From Animals to Robots and Back: reflections on hard problems in the study of cognition'. Cognitive Systems Monographs, Springer: London.
  • J. Wyatt, D. Hogg and D. Petters,  (2014). Foreword. In: J. Wyatt, D. Petters, and D. Hogg (Eds.) 'From Animals to Robots and Back: reflections on hard problems in the study of cognition'. Cognitive Systems Monographs, Springer: London.

Refereed Journal Abstracts/Supplements:

  • M. Jüttner, E. Wakui, D. Petters, J. Hummel, and J. Davidoff (2013). "Developmental dissociation of analytical and holistic object recognition in adolescence".  Perception 42 Supplement 19.
  • M. Juttner, D. Petters, E. Wakui, and J. Davidoff (2012). Dissociating developmental trajectories of part-specific and part-relational processing in object recognition. Perception 41 Supplement 68
  • M. Juttner, D. Petters, S. Kaur E. Wakui, and J. Davidoff, (2011) Trajectories of part-based and configural object recognition in adolescence. Perception  40, Supplement 72
  • M. Juttner, E. Wakui, S. Kaur, D. Petters, and J. Davidoff, (2010), Analytic and holistic object representations in adolescence. Perception 39, Supplement 102.
  • E. Wakui, D. Petters, J. Davidoff, and M. Juttner,(2010), The development of part-based and analytical object recognition in adolescence. Journal of Vision 10 (7): 957.
  • M. Juttner, D. Petters, E. Wakui, and J. Davidoff, (2009), The development of part-based and configural object recognition in adolescence. Perception 38, Supplement 165.

Refereed conference papers:

  • D. Petters and E. Waters (2015). An Encounter Between Attachment Theory and 4e Cognition.  Presented at 'From Mental Illness to Disorder and Diversity: New Directions in the Philosophical and Scientific Understanding of Mental Disorder ', Symposium at AISB Convention 2015.
  • D. Petters, and E. Waters (2014). "From Internal Working Models to Embodied Working Models." Presented at ‘Re-conceptualizing Mental "Illness": Enactictivist Philosophy and Cognitive Science – An Ongoing Debate’, Symposium at AISB Convention 2014.
  • D. Petters, J. Hummel, M. Jüttner, E. Wakui, and J. Davidoff (2014). "How Different are the Visual Representations used for Object Recognition in Middle Childhood and Adulthood" Presented at ‘Representation of Reality: Humans, Animals and Machines’, Symposium at AISB Convention 2014.
  • D. Petters (2014). Towards an Enactivist Approach to Social and Emotional Attachment. ABSTRACTS, pp 70-71. AISB50. The 50th annual convention of the AISB. Goldsmiths University of London.
  • D. Petters and E. Waters.  (2013) Epistemic Actions in Attachment Relationships and the Origin of the Socially Extended Mind. In Proceedings of Re-conceptualizing Mental "Illness": The View from Enactictivist Philosophy and Cognitive Science, AISB Convention 2013, 17-23.
  • M. Juttner, D. Petters, E. Wakui, and J. Davidoff (2013).  Dissociation of part-specific and part-relational processing in object recognition during early adolescence. Experimental Psychology Society meeting, (University College, London).
  • S. Bull, B. Wasson, M.D. Johnson, D. Petters, and C. Hansen (2012). Helping Teachers Effectively Support Group Learning. Presented at Intelligent Support for Learning in Groups – Workshop at the 11 International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems (Chania, Crete, Greece)
  • S. Kaur, E. Wakui, J. Davidoff, D. Petters, and M. Juttner (2011) Trajectories of part-based and configural object recognition in adolescence. Experimental Psychology Society meeting, (University College, London).
  • E. Wakui, J. Davidoff, D. Petters, M. Juttner, and S. Kaur (2010). Trajectories of part-based and configural object recognition in adolescence. Presented at the BPS Developmental Section Conference (Goldsmiths College, London).
  • D. Petters and E. Waters (2010). AI, Attachment Theory, and Simulating Secure Base Behaviour: Dr. Bowlby meet the Reverend Bayes. In Proceedings of the International Symposium on 'AI-Inspired Biology', AISB Convention 2010, (pp. 51-58). University of Sussex, Brighton: AISB Press.
  • J. Davidoff, E. Wakui, D. Petters, S. Kaur, and M. Juttner (2010). Trajectories of part-based and configural object recognition in adolescence. Presented at the BPS Cognitive Section Conference (Cardiff).
  • E. Wakui, D. Petters, J. Davidoff, and M. Juttner,(2009), The development of part-based and configural object recognition in adolescence. Presented at the Conference on Object Perception, Attention, and Memory (OPAM), (November 2009, Boston).
  • J. Davidoff, M. Juttner, D. Petters, and E. Wakui, (2009), Developmental trajectories for part- and configural-based Object Recognition. Presented at the BPS Developmental Section Conference, (September 2009, Nottingham).
  • M. Juttner, D. Petters, E. Wakui, and J. Davidoff, (2009), Object recognition in adolescence. In ESCOP 2009 - Proceedings of the 16th Conference of the European Society of Cognitive Psychology(p 109) University of Krakow.
  • D. Petters and E. Waters (2008). Epigenetic Development of Attachment Styles in Autonomous Agents. In Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Epigenetic Robotics. Modeling Cognitive Development in Robotics Systems, pages 153-154. Lund University Cognitive Studies, 139.
  • M. Juttner, D. Petters, E. Wakui, I. Rentschler, and J. Davidoff (2008). The development of object representations into adolescence. Presented at the Experimental Psychology Society Symposium.
  • D. Petters (2007). Using Software Agents to Simulate Infant Secure-Base Behaviour. Presented at the Society for Research in Child Development 2007 Biennial Meeting.
  • D. Petters (2006). Implementing a Theory of Attachment: A Simulation of the Strange Situation with Autonomous Agents. In Proc. of the Seventh International Conference on Cognitive Modelling. (pp. 226-231). Trieste: Edizioni Goliardiche.
  • D. Petters (2005). Building agents to understand infant attachment behaviour. In Proc. of the workshop: Modelling Natural Action Selection (pp. 158-165). University of Sussex, Brighton: AISB Press.
  • D. Petters (2004). Simulating infant-carer relationship dynamics. In Proc. AAAI spring symposium 2004: Architectures for modelling emotion – Cross-disciplinary foundations. Number ss-04-02 in AAAI Technical reports (pp. 114-122). Menlo Park, CA: AAAI Press
  • D. Petters (1994). Synthesis of Functionalised Macrocyclic Cyclophane Ligands with Mixed Oxygen/Sulfur Donor Sets. Presented at the UK Inorganic Chemistry Symposium, University of Reading

Research Theses:

  • D. Petters (2006). Designing Agents to Understand Infants, PhD thesis in Cognitive Science, University of Birmingham.
  • D. Petters (2001). Flocking as adaptation in the sim-sheep environment. M.Sc. Project Report in Cognitive Science, School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham. 
  • D. Petters (1996). Calixarene Derivatives as Templates in the Synthesis of Novel Metal Clusters. M.Phil thesis in Inorganic Chemistry, School of Chemistry, University of Birmingham.