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Human memory and particularly working memory across the healthy adult lifespan.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University College London
Bachelor of Science, University of Aberdeen

Research Interests

Research and teaching interests lie in the cognition of human memory in the healthy, ageing, and damaged brain, focused on experimental behavioural studies of working memory. The approach is both theoretical and applied, with projects ranging from developing cognitive theories of working memory in the healthy brain through attention and memory deficits associated with focal brain damage and with neurodegeneration through age or brain pathology, to design of computerized patient monitoring for medical decision support in intensive care and the interaction between human and digital information storage.

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Qualifications

Sept. 1972 - June 1976 University of Aberdeen. B.Sc. (Hons)
Oct. 1976 - Dec 1978 PhD in Psychology, University College London, UK.

Teaching

Recent lecturing was focused on an introduction to the Psychology of Memory at level 1, and a Working Memory option course at level 4. Individual lectures are given on MSc courses on Human Cognitive Neuropsychology, Cognition in Science and Society, Individual Differences, and Psychological Research. I coordinate an MSc course on Transferring Knowledge to Society. In most years, I supervise junior honours projects, senior honours projects, junior honours literature reviews, senior honours tutorials, MSc tutorials, MSc projects, and PhD supervision.

Administrative Roles

[2005-2008 and 2010-2013 ] Research Director, School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, University of Edinburgh.
[2004- ] Head (Joint with S Della Sala), Human Cognitive Neuroscience group, University of Edinburgh.
[2008-2013 and 2016-] Group leader for Human Cognitive Ageing within the MRC funded Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology (CCACE).
[1997-2002] Head of Department of Psychology,University of Aberdeen.

[2011-2013] UoA REF co-ordinator for Psychology as part of Psychology, Neuroscience, Psychiatry submission (RAE co-ordinator for Psychology in 2007/8 at University of Edinburgh and in 1999/2000 at the University of Aberdeen)

Recent member of the following University Committees:

PPLS Research Committee (Chair) (until 2013)
College of Humanties and Social Sciences Research Committee (until 2013)
College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine Research Committee (until 2013)
Psychology Department Research Committee (until 2013)

I stepped down from the above committees while on Research Leave in 2014, and currently run an international collaborative research project.

Chair (2015) of the Governing Board of The Psychonomic Society

Chair (2015) of European Research Council SH4 Advanced Grants Panel.

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Current Research Interests

Human working memory across the healthy adult lifespan

Highlighted research outputs

  1. The functional organization and capacity limits of working memory.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Low and high imagers activate networks differentially in mental rotation.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  3. Recalling visual serial order for verbal sequences

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  4. From Cognitive Science to Dementia Assessment

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  5. Perspectives on working memory: introduction to the special issue

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  6. Retiring the central executive

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  7. Resource-sharing in multiple component working memory

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Highlighted research activities & awards

  1. European Research Council (External organisation)

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

  2. The Psychonomic Society (External organisation)

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of external research organisation

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Latest prizes

  1. Member of Academia Europaea

    Prize: Election to learned society

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