Dr. Lea Pilgrim

Lecturer in Psychology

School of Psychology

Darwin Building, DB215

+44 (0) 1772 89 3435


Subject Areas: Psychology

Lea is a cognitive neuroscientist with interests in memory, language and right-hemisphere involvement in cognition.

Lea is research active within the area of psychology and is a member of the Cognitive Research Group.

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Before joining UCLan in September 2012 as a lecturer in psychology, Lea held postdoctoral positions at the University of Stirling (Scotland), Georgetown University (Washington, DC, USA) and Northwestern University (Chicago, IL, USA).

Lea gained her Ph.D. Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Cambridge in 2003. Her thesis was entitled: “The Functional and Neural Organization of Semantic Knowledge: The Contribution of Right and Left Cerebral Hemispheres”. Prior to this Lea was at University College London gaining a BSc (Hons.) in Psychology (1997) and MSc in Speech & Hearing Sciences (1998).

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Pilgrim LK, Murray JG & Donaldson DI (2012). Characterizing Episodic Memory Retrieval: Electrophysiological Evidence for Diminished Familiarity Following Unitization. Journal Cognitive Neuroscience, 24(8), 1671-1681.

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Research Activities

Together with Guild Fellow John Marsh, Lea was granted funding to set up an EEG lab within the School of Psychology. She is currently working to make the system available to both staff and students across the University.

Research Projects

Lea is currently collaborating with John Marsh on various projects investigating hemisphere differences in semantic processing. In addition, she is working with Andrew Churchill and Andy Morley on an EEG study of moral reasoning.

Teaching Activities

Lea contributes to the following psychology modules:

  • PS1000 Introduction to Psychological Enquiry
  • PS1500 Current Topics in Psychology
  • PS2400 Cognitive Psychology
  • PS2700 Methods in Psychology
  • PS2850 Techniques in Biopsychology
  • PS2606 Psychology of Evidence
  • PS3720 Psychology Placement (module leader)
  • PS3800 Frontiers in Biopsychology