Tom Powell

Tom PowellTom Powell (MSc) is a PhD candidate at the Amsterdam School of Communications Research (ASCoR) at the University of Amsterdam. He works on the project “Visual framing effects: The effects of image-text relations in international affairs”. The project aims to systematically study the role of visuals in political communication. An experimental approach will be used to examine how images alone, and images in combination with text, frame consumers’ perceptions of international affairs.

Tom studied Psychology at Durham University and completed a Master in Neuroimaging at Bangor University (both in the UK), funded by the Medical Research Council. More recently, he has researched visual perception at the University of Cambridge and social sciences at the UK Ministry of Defence.


  • Powell, T. E., Boomgaarden, H. G., De Swert, K., & de Vreese, C. H. (2015). A clearer picture: The contribution of visuals and text to framing effects. Journal of Communication, 65 (6): 997-1017. DOI: 10.1111/jcom.12184. Online article here.
  • Ewbank, M. P., von dem Hagen, E. A., Powell, T. E., Henson, R. N., & Calder, A. J. (2015). The effect of perceptual expectation on repetition suppression to faces is not modulated by variation in autistic traits. Cortex. DOI: 10.1016/j.cortex.2015.10.011. Online article here.
  • Ewbank, M., Rhodes, G., von dem Hagen, E., Powell, T., Bright, N., Stoyanova, R., Baron-Cohen, S., & Calder, A. (2015). Repetition suppression in ventral visual cortex is diminished as a function of increasing autism traits. Cerebral Cortex, 25 (10): 3381-3393. DOI: 10.1093/cercor/bhu149. Online article here.