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Research Assisting…. Me :)

If any psychology friends have any students with an interest in memory and cognitive ageing who have just graduated from a BSc pass on this link to them… It’s for an RA job working with me. Closing date Sunday 7th August. Full job specification and details of the role provided in the link here.




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.

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

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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Teaching: Things I will do differently next year


My first academic year as a lecturer is nearly over (just some final admin and resits to go). At the moment I feel like it’s all been super stressful, but actually looking back I do remember some heady days last semester when my teaching load was light and I had not a care in the world! Seeing as I clearly should have used that light teaching load time to do more planning and preparation for when I had a heavier teaching load, I’m already thinking about what I should try to do differently next year. I am going to pin this list to my office wall:

  1. Write down all marking (and second-marking) submission dates and marking deadlines at the start of the semester so that I have allocated some time to complete the marking. (Some second-marking was a bit of a surprise gift in my pigeon-hole this year).
  2. Write down all admin tasks associated with being a module leader and their respective deadlines – this is a new responsibility this year and no-one seems to have a document titled “things you have to remember to do during the semester when you’re leading a module” to help me so I’m going to write one (with help from our fantastic Senior Administrator).
  3. Don’t agree to supervise Final Year Projects so far from my areas of interest – it just eats up too much time.
  4. Don’t answer student emails outside office hours. I feel like this year I set a bad precedent with some of my project students who then expected me to answer in the middle of the night.
  5. Do try to respond to all emails by the end of the day – and then delete/archive from inbox – do not *star* and wait for later…. inbox ends up full of stars!
  6. Cut down on marking time. I can’t help giving excessive amounts of feedback and have tried setting a timer to limit myself per report – this worked on later assignments this year so I just need to adhere to it more strongly next year.
  7. Reduce the content of some lectures – honestly I didn’t have time to take a breath during my “Consciousness and Metacognition” lecture to the Level 1 students – I think my overload of content was because I just found so much interesting research when I was writing the lecture so I wanted to include it. Next year I just need to rein it in a little so the students (and myself) are not overwhelmed.
  8. Adhere to my ‘one day for research’ more strictly, perhaps even by not checking email that day? Or at least by only checking it once at the beginning and once at the end of the day.

Photo from: http://www.teachhub.com/5-reasons-summer-overrated-teachers

More experiments you can participate in (pretty, pretty please)

Keele stacked 2Three of my Final Year Project students have developed research studies for their dissertation projects that are recruiting participants online.

These three projects all look at different aspects of autobiographical memory, and are completely separate, so if you are interested, you can complete all of them!

Each will take less than 30 minutes to complete. Full information about what the study involves is described on the first page of the study:

Rachael Bates: Music and Autobiographical Memory

David Fredericks: Memories of Political Events

Rachael Woodroffe: Autobiographical memory, Self, and Mood

We are particularly interested in recruiting participants who are older than typical college/university students so that participants have a larger age range of memories to draw on.

Many thanks in advance.