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Dr Matthew Haigh

Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology.

Department: Psychology

Matthew Haigh is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology.

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Matthew is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology. He completed a Ph.D. and two post-doctoral research positions at the University of Manchester before joining Northumbria University in 2013.

Matthew is an Experimental Psychologist who works in field of Experimental Pragmatics. He is specifically interested in how people make spontaneous real-time inferences about the beliefs, desires and intentions of other people.

He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and leads the following undergraduate modules:

Collecting & Managing Data (Level 3)

Advanced Experimental Methods and Laboratory Experience (Level 5)




Campus Address

Northumberland Building
Room NB142

0191 227 3472


  • PhD Psychology
  • MSc Social Research Methods
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology 

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Matthew is an Experimental Psychologist working in field of Experimental Pragmatics. This work draws on perspectives from language processing, deductive reasoning and folk psychology. 

Current/Recent Projects

When ‘Maybe’ means ‘No’:  How do people read between the lines during conversation? Funded by the Experimental Psychology Society.

The temporal dynamics of paralogical inference. Funded by the Experimental Psychology Society.

Key Publications

Stewart, A. J., Wood, J. S., Le-luan, E., Yao, B., & Haigh, M. (2017). “It’s hard to write a good article.” The online comprehension of excuses as indirect replies. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.

Haigh, M. (2016). Has the standard Cognitive Reflection Test become a victim of its own success? Advances in Cognitive Psychology, 12, 145-149.

Haigh, M., Wood, J., & Stewart, A.J.  (2016). Slippery Slope Arguments imply opposition to change. Memory & Cognition. 44, 819-836

Haigh, M. & Bonnefon, J-F. (2015). Conditional sentences create a blind spot in theory of mind during narrative comprehension. Acta Psychologica, 160, 194-201.

Haigh, M. & Bonnefon, J-F. (2015). Eye movements reveal how readers infer intentions from the beliefs and desires of others. Experimental Psychology, 62, 206-213.

Bonnefon, J-F., Haigh, M., & Stewart, A. J. (2013). Utility templates for the interpretation of conditional statements. Journal of Memory & Language, 68, 350-361.

Stewart, A. J., Haigh, M., & Ferguson, H. J. (2013). Sensitivity to speaker control in the online comprehension of conditional tips and promises: an eye tracking study. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory & Cognition, 39, 1022-1036.

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