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portrait of Dr Sapphira Thorne

Dr Sapphira Thorne

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Psychology

Contact Information


Postal Address

City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



I joined City, University of London in 2017 as a postdoctoral researcher on an interdisciplinary ERC funded project, the Metacognition of Cognitive. I am a social cognitive psychologist focused on understanding how people construct, use, and think about categories, specifically social categories. I am particularly interested in how the construction of these categories lead to discrimination between groups and biases in cognition (e.g., memory and reasoning).

Other research interests:
I have very broad research interests which encompass numerous areas in Social and Cognitive Psychology, particularly, Categorisation and Concepts, Intergroup Discrimination, Contact Theory, Prototype Theory, Linguistic Relativity, Gender and Sexuality, Relationships, and Norm Theory.


  1. PhD, University of Surrey, United Kingdom
  2. BSc, University of Surrey, United Kingdom


Journal article

  1. Thorne, S., Hegarty, P. and Catmur, C. (2015). Is the left hemisphere androcentric? Evidence of the learned categorical perception of gender. Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition, 20(5), pp. 571–584. doi:10.1080/1357650x.2015.1016529.