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
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
Statistics and Research Methods
BSc Psychology with Foundation Year
MSc Psychology (Conversion)
MSc Foundations of Applied Psychological Practice
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.