Category Archives: Psychology

Perceptions of Competence: Age Moderates Views of Healthy Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease


Our paper on “Mrs Stevenson” is now published 🙂

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Perceptions of ageing and Alzheimer’s disease

New research study aiming to replicate a study I was involved in at the University of Richmond. Please participate if you are aged between 18 and 35, or are aged 65 or over. Click on this link to access the study: Perceptions of Ageing and Alzheimer’s disease.

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Are obsessive-compulsive checking behaviours related to impaired performance on prospective memory or metacognitive tasks?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety-producing condition, characterised by repetitive compulsions and intrusive thoughts. Research by Cuttler and Graf (2007; 2008; 2009) indicates that impaired prospective memory (PM) could be responsible for obsessive-compulsive checking behaviours. PM is our memory to carry out an intended action in the future. For example, an event-based prospective memory may be remembering to post a letter when we next see a post-box; whilst a time-based prospective memory may be remember to call someone at 4 pm. PM tasks involve metacognitive monitoring, though little research has looked at traditional metacognitive monitoring tasks within OCD.

Until now….!

Jamie Adams, a student working with me this year, is conducting a research study looking at memory checking behaviours and metacognitive monitoring. We are looking for participants across the range of checking behaviours, whether you think you have any OCD tendencies or none at all you can participate:
Memory and Metacognition Study.


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Student research projects 2014-15


I have a number of excellent undergraduate students pursuing interesting research ideas for their Final Year Projects this year.

Three of their studies are ready for participants to take part in online:

Alexia Paul: Autobiographical memory and its functions.

Kirsty Morgan: What are we afraid of, and why?

Sophie Whittaker: Imagination, identity, and memory.

Clicking on the links above should open the study web page in a new tab/window. Full instructions about each study are given on the first page. Participation is entirely voluntary and you can exit the study at any time and your data will be deleted and not analysed.

Thanks in advance for participating!

Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize 2014: The winners are…

A colleague (and friend) Richard Stephens from Keele School of Psychology just won the Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize 2014 – well done Richard! His winning piece “Don’t say cheese, say cheeks” will appear in full in the Guardian/the Observer and on the Wellcome Trust blog in the coming weeks

Wellcome Trust Blog


The winners of the fourth Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize were announced this evening at a ceremony held at Wellcome Trust HQ in London. With over 600 entries to choose from, picking a single winner in each category was no simple task…

IMG_0959“Communicating with the public in getting their insight into the work you do can help inform your research questions,” says Wellcome Trust Director Jeremy Farrar. That’s one of the reasons it is so important for us to nurture the next generation of science writers and encourage scientists to think about ways of communicating their work.

The Wellcome Trust science writing prize, run in conjunction with the Guardian and the Observer, is an opportunity for aspiring science communicators to write about research that inspires them, and we’re always delighted with the high quality and number of entries that we receive.

Split into two categories – professional scientists (postgraduate…

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New Memory Experiment Online

I’ve got another new memory experiment ready to collect data online using Qualtrics. Unsurprisingly, given my research interests, this experiment tests your memory for a list of words and asks you to make various judgments about your recognition experiences! The experiment will take 20-25 minutes to complete. Full instructions are given on the first page. Click on the link to go to the experiment: CRST-RK Memory Experiment.


Know vs. Familiar – paper now online

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Author-permission copies of my latest paper are now available from this link:

Or if you have access to Memory through your institution please go here: