Category Archives: Research

Promoting writing amongst peers: establishing a community of writing practice for early career academics

In 2015 myself and some other early-career colleagues were struggling with finding time to set aside to concentrating on writing. Finding the time, confidence, and discipline to write had consistently proven elusive with transitioning from research fellow/PhD positions to full-time academic roles. With yet another teaching semester drawing to a close we decided it was time to tackle the problem directly and took ourselves off to a cottage in Wales for a few days. We adopted an already published timetable for writing, including time for goal-setting and reviewing, and got a lot of work done over our few days away. With new-found enthusiasm and discipline we decided to convene some writing days involving other colleagues over the subsequent summer and we decided to reflect on what we’d learnt about improving our writing practice by writing it up as an academic paper! It was published today!

Click HERE to read the full paper.

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Prospective metacognitive judgments: Memory experiment

968839-36191ff8-b804-11e4-b41b-d516c533d6a5One more psychology experiment that you can participate in if you are willing! This one is a little different though – it’s about metacognitive judgments that you can make while studying information and how accurate these are at predicting your later memory performance.

Full details are provided on the first page of the study.
Click here to access: MEMORY EXPERIMENT

Many thanks if you are willing to take part.

Recognition decisions: Memory experiment

stick-man-thinking-clipart-panda-free-clipart-images-3rfdat-clipartI have another psychology experiment that you can participate in if you are willing. It is about the memory processes underlying recognition decisions and will involve you taking a memory test and another quick cognitive task.

Full details are provided on the first page of the study, click here to access: MEMORY EXPERIMENT

Many thanks if you are willing to take part 🙂

Even more new psychology experiments!

Slide1If you think any of these sound interesting, please click on the link to access the online study and participate. These are all studies from current students of mine here at Keele:

Lee: Memory and metacognition

David & Jiacheng: Motivation and cognition

Lingni: Functions of autobiographical memory

Rachael: Conscious awareness, memory, and metacognition

Full information about each study is provided on the first page. I hope you find them interesting.

Keele University School of Psychology: Two fully-funded PhD Studentships in the Centre for Psychological Research

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Me on my PhD graduation day

If you’re interested in my research, come and work with me!

We currently have two fully-funded PhD Studentships in the Centre for Psychological Research at Keele University that you can apply for; to commence in September 2016.
Interested applicants are encouraged to visit our research web-pages to find out more about staff research interests. Applicants are strongly advised to discuss their potential project with prospective supervisors in advance of submitting their application.
Please note that you must provide the following with your application:
    • A full research proposal for your PhD (maximum 4 sides of A4)
    • A sample of academic work (maximum 5,000 words)
    • Two academic references
    • Copies of your previous qualifications
    • A completed Case for Support form (see Supplementary Information)

For further information please use the following link: http://www.keele.ac.uk/pgresearch/studentships/ (and scroll down to the bottom of the page).

Deadline for applications is 15th April 2016.

New memory experiments to participate in

I have some excellent undergraduate project students this year working on projects exploring a wide variety of memory topics. If you think any of these sound interesting, please click on the link to access the online study and participate!

Georgina: Memory and Facial Expression

Grace: Music and Memories Questionnaire

Mark: Memory, identity, and educational experiences

Mulongwe: Memory for life events cued by words and pictures

Full information about each study is provided on the first page. I hope you find them interesting.

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To remember is important.

ESRC Future Research Leader award

JPG RGB LargeIn January 2015 I applied for a Future Research Leader award from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). This award scheme is a prestigious scheme through which the ESRC funds the research of a small number of early career researchers who have the potential to be future leaders in their research fields.

This was the first big grant that I have applied for and I found it very stressful writing the application and dealing with the ‘impostor feeling’ and that I was not good enough to receive this type of award, especially as I know this grant scheme is extremely prestigious and very competitive. Continue reading