Jen Haensel

PhD Student

Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development
Department of Psychological Scienes
Birkbeck, University of London

Research Interests

My research uses both screen-based and head-mounted eye tracking techniques to investigate cultural differences in the development of face perception. This will involve studying infants and adults from both Japan and the UK. I also aim to develop methods that will facilitate the analysis of data from head-mounted eye trackers. My PhD is funded by an MRC 1+3 CASE studentship.


PhD Psychology, Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck (2015 – present)

MSc Educational Neuroscience (Distinction), UCL Institute of Education & Birkbeck (2013 – 2015)

MSc Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience (Distinction), University of Sheffield (2011 – 2012)

BSc Mathematics & Psychology, University of Glasgow (2007 – 2011)

Research Posts

Visiting Doctoral Researcher, Department of Psychology, Kyoto University (2017)

Graduate Research Assistant, Neurovascular and Neuroimaging Research Group, University of Sheffield (2013)

Research Assistant, Neuroscience Research Group, University of Sheffield (2012 – 2013)

Research Assistant, Biological Psychology Lab, Humboldt University of Berlin (2011)


Haensel, J. X., Spain, A., & Martin, C. (2015). A systematic review of physiological methods in rodent pharmacological MRI studies. Psychopharmacology, 232(3), 489-499.

Conference proceedings and presentations

Haensel, J. X. (2016, September). Investigating the development of cultural differences in face scanning using screen-based and naturalistic paradigms. Talk given at the Department of Psychology, Kyoto University, Japan.

Haensel, J. X., Saez de Urabain, I. R., Senju, A., & Smith, T. J. (2016, May). Developmental changes in infants’ attention to naturalistic faces and visual saliency. Poster presented at the Vision Sciences Society Conference, St Pete Beach, Florida, USA.

Haensel, J. X., Spain, A., & Martin, C. (2015, January). A systematic review of physiological methods in rodent pharmacological MRI studies. Poster presented at the Barts Neuroscience Symposium, London, UK.

Haensel, J. X., Harvey, M., Konia, S., & Morand, S. (2013, October). Influence of own-race bias on saccade programming. Poster presented at Dividnorm: Epistemic Variability, Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

Hetherington, L., Haensel, J. X., Riley, T., & Overton, P. G. (2013, April). Elucidating the mechanism of action of methylphenidate at the superior colliculus in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Poster presented at the British Neuroscience Association Festival of Neuroscience, London, UK.


Associate Tutor, Department of Psychological Sciences, Birkbeck, University of London (2016 – present):

  • Introduction to Research Methods (BSc/MSc Psychology)
  • Advanced Research Methods (BSc Psychology)