As an expert in Emotion (Affective) Science, for the past 15+ years, my research has centred on understanding psychological, neurological, cognitive and physiological correlates of emotional well-being. In particular, my research has contributed to understanding anxiety and its relationship with eating disorders, understanding processes of pain, threat and self-criticism, and the use of compassion for emotion regulation across various populations.
I have published circa 50 peer-reviewed papers in these specific areas, as well as several book chapters. In recent years, I have become a key individual within the compassion in schools movement - initiating, co-ordinating, progressing and evaluating well-being effects of compassionate mind training with both educators and their pupils, nationally and internationally.
I have further been involved in the successful award of over £1.3 million in grant funding. For example, currently, I am serving as an external expert on a 5-year US National Institute of Health research grant concerned with the ‘Neural Mechanisms Underlying Self-Critical Rumination and Self-Reassurance and Suicidal Thoughts and Behavior in Youth’. Additionally, given my work in the education sector, I am also currently serving as a consultant on UK ‘Mindfulness Initiative Education Strategy’ policy.
I lead on our Compassion in Education Programme of Research. As part of this, my team and I have developed four curriculums to improve the wellbeing of both pupils and staff in the education sector, The Compassionate Mind Foundation.
To aid the comprehensive and robust investigation of research in the field of affective science, more generally, I always adopt an integrative approach to research and regularly use a wide variety of experimental methods to pursue research questions and evaluate the efficacy of the interventions my team and I develop. These include psychophysiological methods (measures of reaction time and eye-tracking), behavioural methods (e.g. questionnaire measures and performance accuracy measures), physiological measures (e.g. stress hormones, blood pressure and heart-rate variability), neuroimaging methods (measures of MEG, EEG and fMRI) and qualitative methods (e.g. thematic analysis).
Further research interests include visual attention and effects of related psychological phenomena such as cognitive load and expertise; and learning/pedagogy in HE, including the development and assessment of critical thinking and the micro-skills of compassionate communication.
I am currently supervising 7 PhD students, these are:
- Hajra Ashra, Research Area: Self-criticism in youth and the development of appropriate measures
- Julie Hurst, Research Area: Compassion in the Classroom - development of curricula for younger children
- Daniel Gaffiero, Research Area: Cognitive biases in acute and chronic pain conditions
- Alistair Turvill, Research Area: Efficacy of pain management programmes
- Charlotte Elson, Research Area: Cognitive and emotional biases in picky/fussy eating and intervention development
- James Mitchell, Research Area: Cognitive-perceptual strategies underpinning coaching expertise in climbing
- Cameron Hartley, Research Area: Factors affecting sporting performance and intervention development
Find out about the 'Exploring the impact of compassion-based initiatives in higher education' PhD
Currently, I am serving as an external expert collaborator on a 5-year $1,000,000 National Institute of Health Grant, with Anastacia Kudinova to understand 'Neural Mechanisms Underlying Self-Critical Rumination and Self-Reassurance and Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviour in Youth.'
Dates: 4/1/2020 – 3/31/2025
Find out more about the Project
The most up to date list of all my publications (and including books/book chapters)
- Maratos, F.A.*, Simione, L. & Raffone, A. (2020). Emotional faces, visuospatial working memory and anxiety. Psychology & Psychiatry. 9(4) 43-51
- Maratos, F.A.*, Montague, J., Ashra, H. et al. (2019) Evaluation of a Compassionate Mind Training Intervention with School Teachers and Support Staff. Mindfulness 10, 2245–2258.
- Maratos, F.A.* & Pessoa, L. (2019). What drives prioritised stimulus processing? An argument for motivational salience. Progress in brain research. 247, 111-148
- McEwan, K., Gilbert, P., Dandeneau, S., Maratos, F.A., Gibbons, L., Chotai, S. & Elander, J. (2019). Searching Compassion in a Crowd: Countering Self-Criticism with a Novel Compassion Visual Search. Psychology & Psychiatry. 8(5), 322-333
- Said, O., Elander, J. & Maratos, F.A. (2019). An international study of analgesic misuse and dependence among people with pain in the general population. Substance Use & Misuse. 54, 1319-1331
- Gaffiero, D., Elander, J., Maratos, F. A. (2019). Do individuals with Chronic Pain show attentional bias to pain-related information? An early-stage systematic review of the eye-tracking evidence. Cognitive Psychology Bulletin, 4, 37-45
- Wahl, J., Sheffield, D. Archer, S. & Maratos, F.A. (2018) Development of a compassion-based training for cancer (CforC) curriculum for female breast cancer patients in stages I-III and cancer survivors. Origins, rationale and initial observations. Mindfulness & Compassion 3, 47-76
- Maratos, F. A.*, Duarte, J., Barnes, C., McEwan, K., Sheffield, D., & Gilbert, P. (2017). The physiological and emotional effects of touch: Assessing a hand-massage intervention with high self-critics. Psychiatry Research, 250, 221-227
- Elander, J., Said, O., Maratos, F. A., Dys, A., Collins, H., & Schofield, M. B. (2017). Development and validation of a short-form Pain Medication Attitudes Questionnaire (PMAQ-14). Pain, 158, 400-407
- Stupple, E. J., Maratos, F. A., Elander, J., Hunt, T. E., Cheung, K. Y., & Aubeeluck, A. V. (2017). Development of the Critical Thinking Toolkit (CriTT): A measure of student attitudes and beliefs about critical thinking. Thinking Skills and Creativity, 23, 91-100
- Elmore, N., Burt, J., Abel, G., Maratos F. A., Montague, J., Campbell, J. & Roland, M. (2016). Investigating the relationship between consultation length and patient experience: a cross-sectional study in primary care. British Journal of General Practice, bjgp-dec16
- Kelly, L., Maratos, F.A.*, Lipka, S., & Croker, S. (2016). Attentional Bias towards Threatening and Neutral Facial Expressions in High Trait Anxious Children. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 7(3) 343-359
- Richardson, M., McEwan, K., Maratos, F.A., & Sheffield, D. (2016). Joy and calm: how an evolutionary functional model of affect regulation informs positive emotions in nature. Evolutionary Psychological Science, 2(4) 308-320
- Yuenyongchaiwat, K., Baker, I., Maratos, F.A., & Sheffield, D. (2016). Do Cardiovascular Responses to Active and Passive Coping Tasks predict Future Blood Pressure 10-Months Later? The Spanish journal of psychology. 19 (E10)
- Owen, S., and Maratos, F. A.* (2016) Recognition of subtle and universal facial expressions in a community-based sample of adults classified with intellectual disability. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 60(4), 344-354
- Maratos, F. A.*, Garner, M., Hogan, A. M., & Karl, A. (2015). When is a Face a Face? Schematic Faces, Emotion, Attention and the N170. AIMS Neurosci, 2, 172-182
- Duarte, J., McEwan, K., Barnes, C. & Maratos, F.A.* (2015) Do therapeutic imagery practices affect physiological and emotional indicators of threat in high self-critics? Psychology and Psychotherapy: Therapy, Research and Practice 88(3) 270-284
- Maratos, F.A* & Staples, P. (2015) Attentional biases toward familiar and unfamiliar foods in Children: The role of food neophobia. Appetite, 91, 220-225
- Yuenyongchaiwat, K., Sheffield, D., Baker, I., & Maratos, F.A. (2015). Hemodynamic responses to active and passive coping tasks and the prediction of future blood pressure in Thai participants: A preliminary prospective cohort study. Japanese Psychological Research, 57(4), 288-299
- Simione L, Calabrese L, Marucci FS, Belardinelli MO, Raffone A, & Maratos, F.A.* (2014) Emotion Based Attentional Priority for Storage in Visual Short-Term Memory PLoS ONE 9(5): e95261. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0095261
- McEwan K, Gilbert P, Dandeneau S, Lipka S, Maratos F.A., et al. (2014) Facial Expressions Depicting Compassionate and Critical Emotions: The Development and Validation of a New Emotional Face Stimulus Set. PLoS ONE 9(2): e88783. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0088783
* = Corresponding Author