We are a research group focused on understanding self-processing biases in children and adults.
Our current research focus is an ESRC-funded project exploring the educational applications of self-reference effects. Additional projects are focused on the early development of self-biases and the impact of clinical disorders (details below).
For information, to participate in research, or to apply for postgraduate opportunities within the research team, please contact email@example.com.
Self-cues can capture attention and increase memory for information, features that have obvious educational applications. We are running a number of studies exploring the usefulness of incorporating self-cues in educational materials, in a three-year ESRC-funded project with Dr Josephine Ross (Dundee University) and Dr Janet McLean (Abertay University).
Leverhulme Trust-funded project
We are exploring the development of self-processing biases in memory in children aged three to ten years, and their relationship with other aspects of development. This 'Me in Memory' project is funded by the Leverhulme Trust and is being run in collaboration with Dr Josephine Ross (Dundee University) and Dr Jacqui Hutchison (University of Aberdeen)
Self-processing can vary across individuals, and particularly in children who are diagnosed with developmental disorders such as autism and ADHD. In collaboration with Dr Josephine Ross (Dundee University), Dr Karri Gillespie Smith (UWS) and Dr Sinead Rhodes (Edinburgh University), we are examining the extent and nature of these variations.
Cues of self-relevance have significant effects on the attention system, affective processing, binding and memory, partly driven by their high position in the goal hierarchy. In collaboration with Dr Kevin Allan and Dr Doug Martin (Aberdeen University), and Dr Julia Vogt (Reading University) we are testing these cognitive effects and the conditions under which they are likely to be evoked.
[April 2020] Welcome to Karen Golden, who has joined the lab as a Research Assistant on our ESRC project.
[Jan 2020] JOB ALERT!! We are currently advertising for a full-time RF (G7) and RA (G5) for the ESRC project - please follow the 'Abertay Jobs' link for details.
[Dec 2019] We are delighted to have been awarded a research grant from ESRC. The funding is for a three-year project called 'Self-referencing in the classroom: The influence of self-cues on children's information processing and retention' - look out for updates and job adverts coming soon!
[June 2019] Congratulations to lab member Zahra Ahmed, whose poster on self-processing biases in visuo-spatial working memory won the university's People's Choice Awards at Abertay's postgraduate poster session - well done Zahra!
We are leading research into the positive effects of self-processing biases on children's learning. We can advise on strategies and methodologies to improve children's task engagement and performance, by capitalising on self-cues. For more details, please contact Dr Sheila Cunningham (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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