Ipswich School (1979-1986), University of Cambridge (1987-1990), University of Sheffield (1990-1994)
University of Cambridge, University of Bristol
Professor of Cognitive Development
University of Bristol
Me and my work
I am a developmental cognitive psychologist, which in plain English means that I’m interested in how children think, and how that changes with age.
Clearing e-mails, meeting students, discussing research, teaching, analysing data, writing up research, home.
What topics do you work on?
I work on children’s memory and language, particularly ‘working memory’ and its link to academic skills, and how children learn vocabulary. Some of my research is with children with autism, Down syndrome, or similar conditions.
What methods do you use?
What we call ‘experimental’ methods. We design our own computer-based memory tasks, and then take them into schools for children to have a go on.
Who was your favourite teacher?
Dr Jones (Chemistry) – a real inspiration