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Merim Bilalic

Professor of Cognitive Psychology

Department: Psychology

I am a cognitive psychologist interested in cognitive and neural mechanisms behind outstanding performance.

I did my diploma studies (Psychology) in Sarajevo and my DPhil (Experimental Psychology) at Oxford. I subsequently held research and teaching positions at Humboldt, Brunel, and Tübingen. Before moving to Northumbria University, I held the Chair in Cognitive Psychology at Klagenfurt.

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Campus Address

NA 345


DPhil (Oxon); Diplom Psychol

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Expertise, skill acquisition, problem solving, individual differences, neuroimaging

Key Publications

Bilalić, M. (2017). The Neuroscience of Expertise. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Bilalić, M., Grottenthaler, T., Nägele, T., & Lindig, T. (2016). The Faces in Radiological Images: Fusiform Face Area Supports Radiological Expertise. Cerebral Cortex, 26(3), 1004-1014.

Bilalić, M., & McLeod, P. (2014). Why do good thoughts block better ones? Scientific American, 310(3), 74-79.

Gobet, F., Chassy, P., & Bilalić, M. (2011). Fundamentals of Cognitive Psychology. London: McGraw Hill.

Bilalić, M., Langner, R., Erb, M., & Grodd, W. (2010). Mechanisms and neural basis of object and pattern recognition – A study with chess experts. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 134, 728-742.

Bilalić, M., McLeod, P., & Gobet, F. (2008). Inflexibility of experts - reality or myth? Cognitive Psychology, 56, 73-102.


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