- Chair of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee; Athena SWAN Lead
- Research in Schools Coordinator
- Member of the Research Committee
Prizes and Awards
2021 Best Supervisor (Postgraduate Research), AUSA and University of Aberdeen Excellence Award.
- Cognitive Aging
- Emotion and cognition interactions across the lifespan
- Applied cognition and cognitive plasticity across the lifespan
- Wellbeing and quality of life
I am currently accepting PhDs in Psychology.
Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.
My experimental research addresses cognitive and emotional development across the lifespan and how this is influenced by strategies and metacognitive factors. I am using behavioral and psychophysiological measures in lab-based and applied settings to examine questions like:
Are we more forgetful when we are happy or sad? Is our memory impaired under stress?
Which cognitive processes are underlying memory performance? Can memory performance in children, young and older adults be enhanced with the help of specific strategies?
Are age declines observed in lab-based cognitive tasks related to actual everyday functioning in older adults?
Which factors and behaviours predict wellbeing and can they be modified in order to improve quality of life?
Funding and Grants
Since 2019 Are we forgetful when feeling happy or sad? Investigating mood and prospective memory in aging. Carnegie Research Incentive Grant. Principal Investigator.
2021-2022 To smile or not to smile? The role of facial expression and memory in searching for wanted and missing persons. The Royal Society of Edinburgh. Principal Investigator.
2022-2026 Building interventions to improve quality of life for older people. Dunhill Medical Trust. Co-PI.
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Acute Psychosocial Stress Impairs Intention Initiation in Young but not Older AdultsPsychoneuroendocrinology, vol. 135, 105593Contributions to Journals: Articles
Remember to stay positive: Affect and prospective memory in everyday lifeApplied Cognitive Psychology, vol. 36, no. 1, pp. 179-190Contributions to Journals: Articles
The Detrimental Effects of Mood on Prospective Memory Are Modulated by AgeEmotion, vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 569-583Contributions to Journals: Articles
Redefining the pattern of age-prospective memory-paradox: new insights on age effects in lab-based, naturalistic, and self-assigned tasksPsychological Research, vol. 84, pp. 1370-1386Contributions to Journals: Articles
Explaining age differences in working memory: The role of updating, inhibition, and shiftingPsychology & Neuroscience, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 191-208Contributions to Journals: Articles
Episodic future thinking improves children’s prospective memory performance in a complex task setting with real life task demandsPsychological Research, vol. 83, no. 3, pp. 514-525Contributions to Journals: Articles
Examining the role of rehearsal in old–old adults’ working memoryEuropean Journal of Ageing, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 63-71Contributions to Journals: Articles
Laboratory vs. naturalistic prospective memory task predictions: young adults are overconfident outside of the laboratoryMemory, vol. 27, no. 5, pp. 592-602Contributions to Journals: Articles
Prospective Memory Predictions in Aging: Increased Overconfidence in Older AdultsExperimental Aging Research, vol. 45, no. 5, pp. 436-459Contributions to Journals: Articles
The delay period as an opportunity to think about future intentions: Effects of delay length and delay task difficulty on young adult’s prospective memory performancePsychological Research, vol. 82, no. 3, pp. 607-316Contributions to Journals: Articles