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Mr. Stuart Ritchie

Postdoctoral Fellow in Cognitive Ageing

Education / Academic qualification

2010Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Edinburgh
Studies Concerning the Application of Psychological Science to Education’
2009Master of Science (with Distinction), University of Edinburgh
Reading Disability, Visual Stress, and Coloured Filters
2005Master of Arts, University of Edinburgh
Psychopathic Personality and Emotional Processing in a Non-Clinical, Non-Criminal Sample’


I am currently employed as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Cognitive Ageing at The University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology. My research focuses on cognitive abilities, their importance for various life course outcomes, their underlying neurobiological and genetic basis, and how they might be affected across development by lifestyle and educational factors. To investigate these areas, I analyze large, longitudinal datasets using statistical techniques such as structural equation modeling and behaviour genetic designs. I also have a number of secondary interests, particularly in problems of replication and methodology in psychological research.


September 2013 – Present: Tutor (Semester 2 2015-2016 Acting Course Organizer) for undergraduate course Critical Analysis (Psychology 3), Psychology Department, University of Edinburgh.

September 2010 – 2013: Tutor for undergraduate courses Psychology 1 (curriculum-wide introductory psychology course) and Psychology 2 (statistical methods and computing), Psychology Department, University of Edinburgh. 


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