Izzy Porter, (PhD Researcher)


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Izzy Porter is a Final Year PhD researcher investigating the potential of eye movements and gaze behaviour as a learnt behaviour. She is currently conducting experiments using eye-tracking technology to investigate the possibility of training people where to look and how to look. This research takes the form of single case design and analysis.


Isobel (Izzy) Porter began her academic career in 2010, graduating as the top ranking  Psychology Undergraduate student in 2014. During her degree, she also received the Diploma in Professional Practice, undertaking a assistant research position to Prof. Mickey Keenan at Ulster University. During this time she investigated novel/creative behaviour and its link to stimulus equivalence, producing a publication in The Psychological Record,  and created a tutorial for other students to enable them to better understand both stimulus equivalence and the software usied in equivalence experiments. She also travelled to Erasmus University Rotterdam to demonstrate her research and run experiments there.

Izzy worked for a year with Ulster University Student Support, to help better understand the issues facing, not only postgraduate researchers, but also undergraduate students. Following this she began her PhD studies in 2016.

Research Interests

  • Eye movements as Operant Behaviours

  • Using Behaviour Analysis principles in organisations and Businesses 
  • Using Behaviour Analysis principles in Education
  • Understanding and Improving PhD Researchers’ Mental Health
  • Effective Lecturing 

Teaching Interests

Izzy has previously lectured in the areas of  Occupational Psychology, specifically Applied ‘Behaviour Analysis in the Workplace’ and ‘Women in Work’.

She has also lectured on an intensive MEd, PGCert, PGDip course, topics included: ‘Approaches to Behavioural Intervention & Management’ ‘The Functional Analysis of Behaviour’, ‘Applied Behavioural Analysis & Discrete Trail Training’, ‘Behaviour Modification (Token Economies) in Classrooms & Schools’, and ‘Research into the Effectiveness of Approaches to Behavioural Interventions’.

In addition, Izzy has led and participated in Undergraduate and MSc seminars and practical sessions across a number of topics, including: Cognitive Psychology, Psychology Applied to Health, Criminal and Forensic Psychology, Research Methods and Statistics,  Evolutionary Psychology Advanced Research methods. Finally Izzy has organised and developed a Undergraduate Talk for final year students providing them with information on how to apply for Postgraduate positions.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification


Award Date: 31 May 2014


  • BF Psychology
  • Behaviour Analysis
  • Eye Tracking
  • Occupational Psychology
  • Organisational Behaviour Management
  • Operant Behaviour


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