Joshua Payne

Job Role
Sessional Lecturer in Psychology


I am a full-time lecturer in Cognitive Psychology at Wrexham Glyndŵr University. I hold several roles in the department, including Chair of the Psychology Ethics Sub-Committee and Programme Leader for the MRes Psychology, alongside my Programme Leader role for our three NWMS Online MSc Psychology programmes. I teach Cognitive Psychology on the BPS accredited BSc Psychology and I am really passionate about the teaching of research methods and statistics, which I contribute to at all levels.

I have a PhD in Bilingualism from Bangor University, which focused on understanding the network dynamics that underpin language processing and language learning through the application of behavioural and non-invasive brain stimulation techniques [tDCS]. I am fundamentally a cognitive neuroscientist but I am a bit of research magpie. I have a firm footing in experimental psycholinguistics but I am currently involved in projects testing non-pharmacological interventions for the treatment of motor symptoms in Parkinson's disease, and large-scale modelling of educational attainment data to develop more effective, individual target setting tools for key stage 4 outcomes. 

Outside of my role at WGU, I am the current Chair of the British Psychological Society's Welsh Branch and I have three children, which means my bass playing days are currently on a hiatus. 


BSc (Hons) Psychology with Child and Language Development 2012

MSc Psychological Research 2014

PhD Bilingualism 2020


Current Projects

The Welsh Lexicon Project

Olfactory imagery and language

Non-pharmacological interventions of motor symptoms in Parkinson’s disease


General Research Interests



Cognitive Neuroscience of Language

Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders

Educational Attainment

Statistics and Research Methods


BSc Psychology with Foundation Year

MSc Psychology (Conversion)

MSc Foundations of Applied Psychological Practice

MRes Psychology

MSc Psychology (Online)

MSc Educational Psychology (Online)

MSc Forensic Psychology (Online)


Williams, M., Clarkson, S., Payne, J.S., Watkins, R., Hughes, J. C., & Hastings, R. P. (under review). Factors from middle childhood that predict academic performance at 15-17 years in the UK: A systematic review. 

Owen, K. L., Hunter, S. H., Watkins, R. C., Payne, J. S., Bailey, T., Gray, C., Hastings, R. P., & Hughes, J. C. (2021). Implementation Support Improves Outcomes of a Fluency-Based Mathematics Strategy: A Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness. doi:10.1080/19345747.2021.1875526

Egan., C., Cristino, F., Payne, J. S., Thierry, G., & Jones. M. W. (2020). How alliteration enhances conceptual-attentional interactions in reading. Cortex, 124, 111-118. doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2019.11.005

Payne, J. S., Hindle, J. V., Pritchard, A. W., Davies, R. R., Coetzer, R., D’Avossa, G., …Leek, E. C. (2018). Study protocol for a randomised pilot study of a computer-based, non-pharmacological cognitive intervention for motor slowing and motor fatigue in Parkinson’s disease. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 4. doi: 10.1186/s40814-018-0375-4

Payne, J. S. & Tainturier, M-J. (2018). tDCS Facilitation of Picture Naming: Item-specific, task general, or neither? Frontiers in Neuroscience, 12, 549. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2018.00549

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.