Dr. Konstantinos Tsagkaridis
Lecturer in Experimental Psychology
Telephone: +357 2684 3604
Dr. Konstantinos Tsagkaridis is a Lecturer of Experimental Psychology / Neuropsychology and co-ordinator of the research labs of the Psychology department (Behavioural Studies Lab, Eye-tracking Lab and Virtual Reality Lab) at Neapolis University Pafos.
He was awarded a PhD from the University of Edinburgh (2011) and a Masters in Neuropsychology from the University of Bristol (2007). His postgraduate studies were funded by a scholarship from IKY (Hellenic State Scholarships Foundation).
He has worked as a postdoctoral researcher in Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI: Philadelphia, PA, USA), Albert Einstein Healthcare Network. Before that post, he worked as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Cyprus. His teaching experience also includes teaching Statistics at the University of Edinburgh, at all undergraduate levels.
His research focuses on the interactions between perception and action. His main research interests lie in the area of Visual Cognition; specifically Semantics and Action effects on Visual Perception. His previous research findings included significant conclusions about the effects of action affordances on object perception in naturalistic real-world scene viewing tasks. He has also tested the role of action in object associations, in brain damaged patients and healthy controls.
Other research interests include Contextual effects on Visual Perception, translational research of embodied cognition in research areas such as rehabilitation (e.g. in brain-lesioned patients, apraxia etc), the development of action semantics in children and adults. Finally, he has conducted research on other topics as well, such as bullying and the positive effects of cultural activities in the local community and the integration of vulnerable groups.
He has experience with various research methodologies (eye-tracking, motion tracking, behavioural and physiological measurements, structural MRI) and various methods of statistical analyses, from basic statistics to advanced statistical modeling (FA/PCA, SEM) and Signal Detection Theory (SDT).
- PhD in Cognitive/Experimental Psychology, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK (2010)
- MSc in Neuropsychology, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK (2007)
- Ptychio (BSc) in Psychology, Aristotles’ University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece (2004)
- 2013-present Lecturer, Neapolis University Pafos, Cyprus
- 2012-2013 Postdoctoral researcher, Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI), Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, Philadelphia, PA, USA
- 2011-2012 Visiting Lecturer, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
- 2011 Research Associate, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
- 2010-2011 Research Assistant, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
- 2007-2008 Teaching Assistant, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
- 1/2016-6/2018 Cultural Barometre – Pafos2017. Budget: € 34.982 (Co-funded by Neapolis University Pafos and the organization Pafos2017).
Role: Principal Investigator
- 1/2017-30/6/2018 BIG STEP: Learning through Gamification – Integration of the vulnerable groups.
Budget: € 216.000 (Funded by: Erasmus+).
Role: Partner / member of research team
- Solomontos-Kountouri, O., Tsagkaridis, K., Gradinger P., & Strohmeier D. (2017). Academic, socio-emotional and demographic characteristics of adolescents involved in traditional bullying, cyberbullying or both: Looking at variables and persons. International Journal of Developmental Science, 11(1), 1-12.
- Tsagkaridis, K., Watson, C., Jax, S. & Buxbaum, L. (2015). Corrigendum: The role of action representations in thematic object relations. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9:548.
- Tsagkaridis, K., Watson, C., Jax, S. & Buxbaum, L. (2014). The role of action representations in thematic object relations. Frontiers in Hunan Neuroscience, 8:140.
- Tsagkaridis, K. (2012). Action Affordance Influences on Eye-Movements and Object Prioritization in Real World Scenes. VSS abstracts – Journal of Vision, 12 (9), article 1257.
- 7-10/10/2015 Symposium organizer: “Body / action representations and potential clinical applications”. (Tsagkaridis K., & Amedi, A.)
Presentation: “How can we boost action semantics in healthy controls and impaired patients to facilitate perception?”. In the FENS Featured Regional Meeting 2015, “Ioannis Vellidis” conference centre, Thessaloniki, Greece. Tsagkaridis K
- 11-16/05/2012 Presentation: “Action Affordance Influences on Eye-Movements and Object Prioritization in Real World Scenes.” Vision Sciences Society (VSS), Naples, Florida. Tsagkaridis K.
- 20-22/04/2012 Poster Presentation: “Action Affordance Violations Influence Eye-Movements and Object Prioritisation in Real World Scenes.” NETI (Workshop on Natural Environments Tasks and Intelligence), University of Texas, Austin. Tsagkaridis K.
SCHOLARSHIPS & AWARDS
- 2011 British Council Bursary for participation in the “Enterprise in your International Research Career” training workshop (Trippenhuis, Amsterdam; 19-21 January, 2011) for early career researchers.
- 2010 BPS Cognitive Section Bursary for participation and oral presentation in the 27th Annual Cognitive Psychology Section Conference, University of Cardiff, 6 – 8 September 2010.
- 2009 Guarantors of Brain Bursary for participation and poster presentation in Oxford’s Autumn School in Cognitive Neuroscience.
- 2006 Distinction for exceptional research dissertation for MSc in Neuropsychology.
- 2005-2009 Full Postgraduate Scholarship (3.5 years – Masters and PhD) by the National Scholarships Foundation of Greece (Ι.Κ.Υ) in Psychology, for any university abroad.
- 2002-2003 Undergraduate Scholarship by the National Scholarships Foundation of Greece (Ι.Κ.Υ) for excellent application to the 3rd year of studies.
Professional Membership & other experience
Dr. Tsagkaridis is a member of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS), the Cognitive Neuropsychological Society (CNS) and the British Psychological Association (BPS). He is also a reviewer in “Frontiers in Human Neuroscience”.
He has undergone training and worked in non-academic environments (such as the Hippocratic General Hospital of Thessaloniki and the Psychiatric Ward of the Central Military Hospital of Cyprus in Nicosia). He also has experience with volunteer activities of communicating science to the public.