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Dr Heather Buttle PhD, BSc (Hons)

Senior Lecturer

School of Psychology

My PhD was completed at Bangor University, Wales, and I have over a decade of research experience in cognitive psychology (e,g,, attention, memory, emotion, face recognition, applied cognition, mindfulness/meditation). I teach Memory & Cognition (175.206) and Introduction to Psychological Research (175.203), as well as supervising postgraduate research students.

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Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: 41221
    Location: 3.20, Level 3 of the North Shore Library Building (Albany Village)
    Campus: Albany

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy - University of Wales, Bangor (2002)
  • Bachelor of Science - University of Wales, Bangor (1998)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Cognitive psychology:

  • attention
  • memory
  • face recognition
  • emotion
  • applied cognition
  • mindfulness/mediatation

Research Opportunities

  • Cognitive understandings of mindfulness/meditation.  (01/12/2013) My current research program is focused on understanding cognitive aspects of mindfulness/meditation practices. I would be very keen to hear from students interested in this area. The kinds of question I am interested in answering are: What is the role of attention and working memory in mindfulness/meditation practices? How is emotion regulation affected by these practices? How are moral evaluations affected by these practices? And how are the above questions affected by different types of practice?

Thematics

21st Century Citizenship, Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Cognitive Sciences (170200): Computer Perception, Memory and Attention (170201): Psychology (170100): Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (170000): Psychology of Religion (170111)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 2

Research Outputs

Journal

Buttle, H. (2015). Measuring a journey without goal: Meditation, spirituality, and physiology. BioMed Research International. 2015
[Journal article]Authored by: Buttle, H.
Buttle, H. (2013). More than the sum of my parts: a cognitive psychologist reflects on mindfulness/meditation experience. Reflective Practice.
[Journal article]Authored by: Buttle, H.
Mokhtari, S., & Buttle, H. (2015). The effect of observers' mood on the local processing of emotional faces: Evidence from short-lived and prolonged mood states. Advances in Cognitive Psychology. 11(1), 14-21
[Journal article]Authored by: Buttle, H.
Buttle, H. (2015). Complex cognitions and motive questioning: Internet discussions of speeding in New Zealand driving news. Road and Transport Research. 24(3), 3-13
[Journal article]Authored by: Buttle, H.
Hodgson, J., Buttle, HM., Conridge, B., Gibbons, D., & Robinson, J. (2013). Phonics instruction and early reading: professional views from the classroom. NATE. , 1-19 Retrieved from http://www.nate.org.uk/cmsfiles/papers/Phonics_and_early_reading.pdf
[Journal article]Authored by: Buttle, H.
Buttle, H. (2011). Attention and working memory in mindfulness: Meditation practices. The Journal of Mind and Behavior. 32(2), 123-134 Retrieved from http://www.umaine.edu/jmb/backissues2011.html
[Journal article]Authored by: Buttle, H.
Buttle, H., & Cheung, K-F. (2011). Mere exposure effects for different styles of internet advertising. Cognitive Technology. 16(1), 23-31 Retrieved from http://www.cognitivetechnologyjournal.com/ArticleDetail.aspx?id=240
[Journal article]Authored by: Buttle, H.
Buttle, H., & East, J. (2010). Traditional facial tattoos disrupt face recognition processes. Perception. 39(12), 1672-1674
[Journal article]Authored by: Buttle, H.
Buttle, H. (2010). Repetition blindness for faces reflects identity coding but not emotion coding. Perceptual and Motor Skills. 110(1), 245-256
[Journal article]Authored by: Buttle, H.
James, SA., & Buttle, H. (2008). Attitudinal differences towards mental health services between younger and older New Zealand Adults. New Zealand Journal of Psychology. 37(3), 33-43
[Journal article]Authored by: Buttle, H.
Buttle, H., & Westoby, N. (2006). Brand logo and name association: It's all in the name. Applied Cognitive Psychology. 20(9), 1181-1194
[Journal article]Authored by: Buttle, H.
Buttle, H., Ball, CK., Zhang, J., & Raymond, JE. (2005). Semantic association of brand images at the implicit level: Evidence from repetition blindness. Applied Cognitive Psychology. 19(9), 1199-1210
[Journal article]Authored by: Buttle, H.
Buttle, H., & Raymond, JE. (2003). High familiarity enhances visual change detection for face stimuli. Perception and Psychophysics. 65(8), 1296-1306
[Journal article]Authored by: Buttle, H.

Book

Buttle, H. (2006). Repetition blindness: An illustration of the complexity of visual perceptual phenomena. In CM. Fletcher-Flinn, & GM. Haberman (Eds.) Cognition and language: Perspectives from New Zealand. (pp. 13 - 28). Australia: Australian Academic Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Buttle, H.

Conference

Smith, J., Buttle, H., van Ommen, C., & Williams, MN. (2016, September). Placing mindfulness under the lens: A network analysis. Presented at New Zealand Psychological Society Annual Conference. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Buttle, H., Van Ommen, C., Williams, M.
Buttle, HM. (2013). Mindfulness, meditation, and cognitive processes. In International Association for the Psychology of Religion (IAPR) 2013 Congress: Programme & Book of Abstracts(pp. 178 - 179). , International Association for the Psychology of Religion (IAPR) 2013 Congress Switzerland: International Association for the Psychology of Religion
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Buttle, H.
Buttle, H., Mohktari, S., & Cannon, P. (2013). Emotional content and affective context. , SARMAC X Conference: Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Buttle, H., Cannon, P.
Mokhtari, S., & Buttle, H. (2011). Observer's mood manipulates level of visual processing: evidence from face and nonface stimuli.
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Buttle, H.
Mokhtari, S., Buttle, H., & Stillman, J. (2010). Poster: Is the level of processing in emotionally expressive faces affected by observer's mood?. In 27th British Psychological Society [BPS] Cognitive Psychology Section Annual Conference: Programme and Book of Abstracts(pp. 38 - 38). , 27th British Psychological Society [BPS] Cognitive Psychology Section Annual Conference United Kingdom: The British Psychological Society
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Buttle, H.
Mokhtari, S., Buttle, H., & Stillman, J. (2010). Levels of processing with schematic faces: Emotional content or affective context?. In Combined Abstracts of 2010 Australian Psychology Conferences (The Abstracts of the 37th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference)(pp. 29 - 29). , 37th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference Australia: The Australian Psychological Society Ltd
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Buttle, H.
Buttle, H., & Cheung, J. (2009). Mere exposure effects for different styles of internet advertising. In The 8th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition [SARMAC VIII]: Program(pp. 24 - 24). , The 8th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition [SARMAC VIII] Japan: Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Buttle, H.
Mokhtari, S., Buttle, H., & Stillman, J. (2009). The effect of mood and emotion on attention and memory in face perception. In New Zealand Postgraduate Conference Programme and Abstracts(pp. 101 - 101). , New Zealand Post Graduate Conference [NZPGC] New Zealand: Victoria University of Wellington Postgraduate Students' Association
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Buttle, H.
Buttle, H., & Cheung, J. (2009, July). Mere exposure effects for different styles of internet advertising. Presented at The 8th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition [SARMAC VIII]. Kyoto, Japan.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Buttle, H.
Buttle, H., & East, J. (2008, May). Traditional facial tattoos disrupt face recognition processes. Presented at Vision Sciences Society 8th Annual Meeting. Naples, FL, United States.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Buttle, H.
Buttle, JW., & Buttle, H. (2008, November). The threat to police legitimacy in New Zealand: the notion of synergistic erosion. Presented at 21st Annual Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference: Criminology: Linking theory, policy and practice. Canberra, ACT, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Buttle, H.
Buttle, H., & East, J. (2008). Traditional facial tattoos disrupt face recognition processes. In Vision Sciences Society 8th Annual Meeting: Program and Abstracts(pp. 81 - 81). , Vision Sciences Society 8th Annual Meeting United States: Vision Sciences Society
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Buttle, H.
Carr, SC., Fletcher, RB., Atkins, SG., Stillman, JA., Clarke, S-J., & Buttle, H. (2008). From groups to teams: Assessing individual differences in preparedness for team work?. In J. Deller (Ed.) Readings in Applied Organizational Behavior from the Luneburg Symposium: Personality at Work. (pp. 1 - 32). Germany: International Symposium on Personality at Work
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Buttle, H., Carr, S., Fletcher, R.
Buttle, HM. (2005). Encoding of matched emotional expressions reveals repetition blindness. Poster session presented at the meeting of The British psychologival Society Quinquennial Conference. University of Manchester, UK
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Buttle, H.
Buttle, H., & Westoby, N. (2004). Semantic repetition blindness for symbol/word combinations. In AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY Vol. 56 (pp. 108 - 108). : AUSTRALIAN PSYCHOLOGICAL SOC
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Buttle, H.
Atkins, S., Buttle, H., Carr, S., Clarke, S., Fletcher, R., & Stillman, J.A teams to groups hierarchy: Experimental evidence for groups as superordinate concept to teams.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Buttle, H.
Buttle, H., Ball, CK., Zhang, J., & Raymond, JE. (2003). Semantic repetition blindness: Pictures versus word effects. In Journal of Vision Vol. 3
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Buttle, H.
Raymond, JE., & Buttle, HM. (2000). The advantage of a famous face: particularly rapid configural visual processing. In International Journal of Psychology Vol. 35 (pp. 286 - 286). Paris, France: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Buttle, H.
Buttle, HM., & Raymond, JE. (2000). Speeded processing of famous images: faces versus places. In Abstracts of the Psychonomic Society 41st Annual Meeting Vol. 5 (pp. 72 - 73). Austin, TX: Psychonomic Society
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Buttle, H.

Other

Buttle, HM. (2015, December). Mindfulness and its context (measuring paradoxes).. In Waitemata DHB’s Psychology and Psychotherapy Retreat Day.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Buttle, H.
Buttle, HM. (2013, September). Cognitive processes and Buddhist deity meditation. In Mind & Life Institute, United States of America.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Buttle, H.
Buttle, HM. (2013, September). Mindfulness, morality, and meta-awareness. In Mind & Life Institute, United States of America.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Buttle, H.
Buttle, H., & Mokhtari, S. (2011, July). Emotional content and affective context: Levels of processing effects with schematic faces. In Cognitive Neuroscience Centre, School of Psychology, Exeter University.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Buttle, H.
Buttle, H. (2008). Maori facial tattoo (Ta Moko): Implications for face recognition processes. (pp. 1 - 27).
[Other]Authored by: Buttle, H.
Buttle, HM. (2005, April). Encoding of matched emotional expressions reveals repetition blindness. : University of Auckland, Research Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Buttle, H.
Buttle, HM. (2003, May). Effects of conceptual similarity versus visual similarity in semantic repitition blindness for words and pictures. : University of Wales, Bangor.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Buttle, H.
Buttle, HM., & Raymond, JE. (2000, October). What is the advantage of a famous image?. : University of Wales.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Buttle, H.
Buttle, HM. (2000, June). Variations in visual fame effects for faces, places, and products. : University of Wales.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Buttle, H.

Thesis

Buttle, HM. (2002). Visual fame effects: the processing benefits of highly learnt images. (Doctoral Thesis, University of Wales, Bangor)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Buttle, H.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 4 3
Emergency Supervisor 1 0
CoSupervisor 1 2

Courses Coordinated

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Mona Ghanbari Noshari - PhD
    What do different mindfulness rating scales actually measure?
  • Amy Granberg - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Influence of a Mindfulness Mobile App on Perceived Stress and Emotion Regulation

CoSupervisor of:

  • Kayla Mackie - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Priming good parenting: Can positive affective priming influence fathers' causal attributions and consequent disciplinary responses for child misbehaviour?

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2016 - Hui Xu - PhD
    Facial Expression and Context Effects
  • 2013 - Setareh Mokhtari - PhD
    The Effect of Observers' Mood on Level of Processing of Emotional Schematic Faces
  • 2012 - Maren Annette Klum - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Coping in Caregivers of Family Members with Traumatic Brain Injury & the Effects on the Caregiver's Quality of Life

CoSupervisor of:

  • 2013 - Shelley Anika James - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Has Cutting Become Cool? Normalising, Social Influence and Socially-Motivated Deliberate Self-Harm in Adolescent Girls
  • 2012 - Nicole Anne Foster - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    An Investigation of Early Sudden Gains in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Depression:Client and Within Therapy Predictors of Change

Media and Links

Media

  • 23 Mar 2016 - Newspaper, Online
    Origami and mindfulness
    "Ditch the colouring in books origami is the new mindful craft." Interviewed by the writer of this article, Pamela McIntosh, which appeared in stuff.
  • 04 Feb 2013 - Online
    myreplyis.com
    Invited to reply to a question related to face and body recognition

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