Dr Rachel Swainson

Dr Rachel Swainson


Dr Rachel Swainson
Dr Rachel Swainson

Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen School of Psychology William Guild Building Room F08 Kings College Old Aberdeen AB24 3FX

Current Research

  • Cognitive control and task-switching

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Level 1:  Biological Psychology


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  • Prosser, LJ, Jackson, MC & Swainson, R 2020, 'Task cues lead to item-level backward inhibition with univalent stimuli and responses', Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, vol. 73, no. 3, pp. 442-457. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1747021819882901
  • Swainson, R, Prosser, L, Karavasilev, K & Romanczuk, A 2019, 'The effect of performing versus preparing a task on the subsequent switch cost', Psychological Research. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00426-019-01254-7
  • Swainson, R, Martin, D & Prosser, LJ 2017, 'Task-switch costs subsequent to cue-only trials', Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, vol. 70, no. 8, pp. 1453-1470. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/17470218.2016.1188321
  • Martin, D, Swainson, R, Slessor, G, Hutchison, J, Marosi, D-M & Cunningham, SJ 2015, 'The simultaneous extraction of multiple social categories from unfamiliar faces', Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, vol. 60, pp. 51-58. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jesp.2015.03.009
  • Swainson, R & Martin, D 2013, 'Covert judgements are sufficient to trigger subsequent task-switching costs', Psychological Research, vol. 77, no. 4, pp. 434-448. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00426-012-0448-6
  • Astle, DE, Jackson, GM & Swainson, R 2012, 'Two measures of task-specific inhibition', Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. A, Human Experimental Psychology, vol. 65, no. 2, pp. 233-251. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/17470210903431732
  • Chase, H, Swainson, R, Durham, L, Benham, L & Cools, R 2011, 'Feedback-related negativity codes prediction error, but not behavioural adjustment during probabilistic reversal learning', Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 936-946. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1162/jocn.2010.21456
  • Jackson, GM, Swainson, R, Mort, D, Husain, M & Jackson, SR 2009, 'Attention, competition, and the parietal lobes: insights from Balint's syndrome', Psychological Research, vol. 73, no. 2, pp. 263-270. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00426-008-0210-2
  • Mueller, SC, Swainson, R & Jackson, GM 2009, 'ERP indices of persisting and current inhibitory control: A study of saccadic task switching', Neuroimage, vol. 45, no. 1, pp. 191-197. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2008.11.019
  • Rorden, C, Guerrini, C, Swainson, R, Lazzeri, M & Baylis, GC 2008, 'Event related potentials reveal that increasing perceptual load leads to increased responses for target stimuli and decreased responses for irrelevant stimuli', Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, vol. 2, 4. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.3389/neuro.09.004.2008
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