Dr Liam Cross

Dr Liam Cross portrait photo


Research Qualifications
My research specialism is in embodied and social cognition. My two main current research streams are
1) The social consequences of coordination. How moving in time with each other in rhythmic ways leads to pro-group behavior.
2) The link between Autism, Anthropomorphism and Theory of Mind. How individuals with autism may have a penchant for anthropomorphism and this may ameliorate typical ToM differences.
Aside from these I am also interested in social identity and social/embodied cognition more generally, in particular how online and virtual interactions may affect these things.
BSc (Hons) Psychology, Lancaster University, 2012.
PhD Psychology, Leeds Beckett University, 2015.
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy Institutional Learning and Teaching Fellow, 2015.
Teaching Contact
PSY1111: Introduction to Personality, Social and Developmental Psychology (Module Leader)
PSY1112: Introduction to Cognitive and Biological Psychology
PSY1109: Essential Skills in Applied Psychology
PSY1117: Real World Psychology
PSY2113: Social Psychology
PSY3142: Social Neuroscience
PSY3135: Psychology Dissertation
PSY3136: Reflections and Future Directions
PhD Supervision
Dr Liam Cross
Department of Psychology
Edge Hill University
St Helen’s Road
L39 4QP
Phone: 01695 657497
Email: Liam Cross
Office: LP 2.59


Full-text links of these publications are available on the Edge Hill University Research Information Repository

Journal articles

Cross, L., Kaye, L. K., Savostijanovs, J., McLatchie, N., Johnston, M., Whiteman, L., Mooney, R., & Atherton, G. (2022). Gendered violence and sexualized representations in video games: (Lack of) effect on gender-related attitudes. New Media & Society. https://doi.org/10.1177/14614448221075736

Manera, V., Agüera-Ortiz, L., Askenazy, F., Dubois, B., Corveleyn, X., Cross, L., … & Robert, P. (2022) In-person and remote workshops for people with neurocognitive disorders: recommendations from a Delphi panel. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 931. 13:747804. doi: 10.3389/fnagi.2021.747804

Atherton, G., Edisbury, E., Piovesan, A., Cross, L.  (2021 ). Autism through the ages: A mixed methods approach to understanding how age and age of diagnosis affect quality of life. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-021-05235-x

Atherton, G., & Cross, L. (2021). The Use of Analog and Digital Games for Autism Interventions. Frontiers in Psychology, 3049. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.669734 https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.669734/full

Cross, L., Whiteman, L., Ward, S., & Atherton, G. (2021). Moving From Me to We: Interpersonal Coordination’s Effects on Self-Construal. Open Psychology3(1), 50-63. https://doi.org/10.1515/psych-2020-0110

Atherton, G., & Cross, L. (2021). Gamification in autism: A review of the uses of analog and digital games in autism interventions. Frontiers in Psychology12, 3049.https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.669734

Connolly, T., Atherton, G., Cross, L., Piovesan, A., & Kaye, L. K. (2021). The wild west of measurement: Exploring problematic technology use cut off scores and their relation to psychosocial and behavioural outcomes in adolescence. Computers in Human Behavior, 106965. doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2021.106965

Crossey, B. P., Atherton, G., & Cross, L. (2021). Lost in the crowd: Imagining walking in synchrony with a crowd increases affiliation and deindividuation. PloS one16(7), e0254017. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0254017

Atherton G., Cross, L., (2021) Reading the mind in cartoon eyes: A cartoon version of the RME Psychological Reports, doi.org/0033294120988135.

Cross, L., Atherton, G., Sebanz, N. (2021) Intentional Synchronisation affects Automatic Imitation and Source Memory. Scientific Reports11, 573. [573]. doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-79796-9

Cross, L., Micheal, J., Wilsdon, L., Henson, H.,  Atherton G.,  (2020)  Still want to help: Entrainments effects on helping behaviour after a 24-hour delay. Acta Psychologica. doi.org/10.1016/j.actpsy.2020.103062

Atherton G., Cross, L.,  (2020) Walking in my shoes: Imagined Synchrony Improves Attitudes Towards Outgroups. Psychological Studies. 1-9. doi.org/10.1007/s12646-020-00568-6

Hamlin, I., Taylor, P.J., Cross, L., MacInnes, K., van der Zee, S. (2020). A psychometric investigation into the structure of deception strategy use. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology. doi.org/10.1007/s11896-020-09380-4

Cross, L. (2020). Walking In My Shoes. The Psychologist, Vol  33 (p24-27)

Cross, L. (2020) Walking in their shoes. The Conversation.

Cross, L. Faraha, M.,  Atherton, G. (2019). The animal in me: Enhancing emotion recognition in adolescents with autism using animal filters. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. doi:10.1007/s10803-019-04179-7

Atherton, G., Sebanz, N., Cross, L.  (2019). Imagine all the synchrony: Actual and imagined synchronous walking’s effects on attitudes towards marginalised groups. PlosOne, 14(5) e0216585. doi.10.1371/.02220264

Atherton G., Cross, L. (2019) Animal faux pas: Two legs good four legs bad for ToM, but not in the BAP. Journal of Genetic Psychology, 1-15. doi.10.1080/00221325.2019.1593100

Cross, L., Wilson, A. D., Golonka, S. (2019). I’ll just watch: The pro-social consequences of coordinated rhythmic movement towards non-movers.  The Journal of Social Psychology. 1-15, doi.10.1080/00224545.2019.1623161

Cross, L., Atherton. G, Turgeon, M. (2019). How moving together binds us together: A Review of the socio-emotional effects of interpersonal entrainment.  Open Psychology 1: 273-302. doi.10.1515-2018-0018

Cross, L., Turgeon, M., Atherton, G., (2019). Moving with the in-crowd: Interpersonal entrainment and cooperation in in vs. out -groups.  Current psychology. 10. doi.10.1007/s12144-019-00283-0

Lynott, D., Walsh, M., McEnery, T., Connell, L., Cross, L.,  Marsh K.  (2019). Are you what you read? Predicting implicit attitudes towards immigration based on linguistic distributional cues from newspaper readership.  Frontiers In Psychology 10:842 doi:10.3389/2019.00842.

Atherton, G., Cross, L. (2018). Seeing more than human: Anthropomorphic theory of mind and autism. Frontiers in Psychology.  9:528. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00528.

Atherton, G., Lummis, B., Day, S. X., & Cross, L. (2018). What am I thinking? Perspective-taking from the perspective of adolescents with autism. Autism, 23(5), 1186-1200. doi.1362361318793409.

Cross, L., Atherton, G., Wilson, A. D., Golonka, S. (2017). Imagined steps: Can mental simulation of coordinated rhythmic movement affect pro-sociality? Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 1798. 10.3389, doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01798.

Cross, L., Wilson, A. D., Golonka, S. (2016). How moving together brings us together:  When coordinated rhythmic movement affects cooperation. Frontiers in Psychology, 7:1983. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01983

Research Grants/Awards

Cross, L.,  Atherton, G. (2020). Autism, Theory of Mind and perspective taking in Board Games. Game in Lab. (€10’000)

Atherton, G., Cross, L. (2020). Part of your world. Exploring Autistic ToM in Virtual Reality. (Institute of Social Responsibility.  (£1000)

Cross, L.  Atherton, G., (2019). Coordinating in virtual reality.  Joint Research Investment Fund (Edge Hill University) and Visiting Scholar Fund (Tohoku University)  ($6000).

Cross, L. (2016). Utilizing digital technology to advance learning experience and outcomes in HE. Digital Ambassadors Grant. 2016 (£1000)

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