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The Cognition in Naturalistic Environments (CINE) Lab is an experimental psychology research lab in the Department of Psychological Sciences, Birkbeck, University of London focussing on the investigation of active audiovisual scene cognition in real-world and mediated environments. Our research covers many topics but falls broadly into four research areas:


The Lab consists of its lead Dr. Tim J. Smith, interns, undergraduates, postgraduates and research fellows as well as an international network of collaborators (see People). If you are interested in joining the Lab please contact us.



Click here to discover more about our latest publications, listed on Birkbeck Institutional Research Online (BIROn).

You can also see publications specific to the following projects below:


The CINELab is based jointly in Birkbeck’s Department of Psychological Sciences, and Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development (CBCD). The CBCD is a purpose-built, state-of-the-art laboratory facility for studying infant/toddler cognitive functions and the recipient of multiple international awards, e.g. the Queen’s Award for Higher Education, EU “Marie Curie” postgraduate training centre status. Birkbeck Psychology is ranked 5th for research in the UK (REF 2014).

We have access to a broad range of research equipment and facilities, both unique to the CINELab as well as shared resources. These include:

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