Mr Joshua Payne

Job Role
Lecturer In Cognitive Psychology


Josh joined Wrexham Glyndŵr University in 2018 as a Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology, following nine years at Bangor University, where he gained a degree in Psychology with Child and Language Development before going on to complete a 1 + 3 ESRC-funded DTC studentship in Bilingualism, including an MSc in Psychological Research, with PhD submission pending for January 2019.

Josh’s primary field of study is cognitive neuroscience with a specific interest in language processing, vocabulary learning, and bilingualism, and more general interests in neurodegenerative disorders and stroke. Josh also has an interest in Education and is currently working on a GwE-funded project to develop a new KS4 target-setting tool for Welsh Government as a member of the Collaborative Institute of Education Research, Innovation and Impact, Bangor University. Josh also plays the bass and makes a cracking lemon meringue pie.


BSc (Hons) Psychology with Child and Language Development

MSc Psychological Research

PhD Bilingualism (submission pending)


Language processing, bilingualism, neurodegenerative disorders, Education, advanced statistical methods.


PSY408: Introduction to Research Design

PSY504: Cognitive Psychology

PSY508: Advanced Research Design

PSY615: Psychology of Religion


Payne, J. S. & Tainturier, M-J. (2018). tDCS Facilitation of Picture Naming: Item-specific, task general, or neither? Frontiers in Neuroscience12, Article 549.  

ap Gruffudd, G. S., Spencer, L. H., Payne, J. S., Wilde, A., Watkins, R., Jones, S. W., … O’Connor, B (2017). REAP: Rethinking Educational Attainment and Poverty – in Rural Wales (Commissioned Report). ISBN: 978-1-84220-168-8.