Department of Psychology


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Marc Baker

  • Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology
  • Role Title: PhD Student
  • Address: King Henry Building, King Henry 1st Street, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2DY
  • Telephone: 023 92 846313
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  • Department: Psychology
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


I returned to education as a mature student (29 years old) where I undertook an access to higher education course at Alton College. At this time I discovered academic psychology and made the decision to become a researcher. I then came to Portsmouth University and studied Forensic Psychology. In my second year I started working as a research assistant looking at the physiology of intersubjectivity. I finished the year as a co-author on a publication and award for highest overall mark at level 5. I took my interest in thermal imaging into my final year where I completed a dissertation on controls in thermal imaging. I received the John Dennis award for best dissertation. I moved straight to a PhD program where I added a range of psychophysiological measures to my repertoire and now focus on the benefits of crying. I also continued my interest in experimental emotion inductions and methods. I have also taken on a range of teaching on the undergraduate course and demonstrating the Grass polygraph for open days.

Teaching Responsibilities

Tutor to 1st and 2nd year students.
Teach on individual differences and psychometrics unit.
Act as a project support tutor for research methods units in both 1st and 2nd year.
Act as technical assistant to any 3rd year projects using thermal imaging.


My current PhD research focuses on the benefits of crying. I approach this from a psychophysiological perspective by monitoring cardiorespiratory measures, electro-dermal activity, and facial thermal temperatures. Within this, I also take an interest in emotion induction techniques and methodological issues surrounding physiological measurements. I am also interested in any research, although mainly the area of emotion, using thermal imaging and expanding its uses in psychophysiological research.