Dr Emma Threadgold
School of Psychology and Humanities
Emma is a Research Fellow here at UCLan. Her research interests are centred around Cognitive Psychology, with a specific focus on insight problem solving, creativity, distraction and false memories. Emma also contributes to both undergraduate and post-graduate teaching, supervision and assessment, and a range of administrative duties at both the School and University level.
Emma has published articles across a range of peer reviewed journals, including; Applied Cognitive Psychology, Frontiers, Journal of Cognitive Psychology and Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, and presented at numerous national and international conferences. Emma supervises projects at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, and is Director of Studies for two PhD students, and two Masters by Research students. Her role also includes contribution to teaching, assessment and administrative duties, with specific duties as Postgraduate Research Degree Tutor and Deputy-Vice Chair for the Science Ethics Board.
Emma graduated with a PhD in Psychology in 2012 from Lancaster University. Following this, she undertook a series of post-doctoral roles, including Research Assistant and Lecturer at Edge Hill University, and Senior Research Fellow on a three-year ESRC Research grant based at Lancaster University, and later, City University London. She has over 12 years experience of teaching in Higher Education and conducting research in Cognitive Psychology. Emma also has experience of supporting and organising conferences, delivering outreach activities (particularly with local schools and colleges), and engaging with the media through radio and television interviews.
- PhD Cognitive & Developmental Psychology, Lancaster University, 2012
- MSc Psychological Research Methods (Distinction), Lancaster University, 2007
- BSc (Hons) Psychology (1st Class), Lancaster University, 2004
- Problem Solving
- Decision Making in Sustainable Behaviours
- Face Processing
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- Attention and Distraction
- Environmental Psychology
- Perception, Cognition and Neuroscience Research Group
- The impact of to-be-ignored background music on creativity
- Exploring the fate of unattended speech: Semantic priming of false memories
- The impact of distraction on the solving of remote associate problems: An analysis of the role of semantic networks
- Individual differences in biased estimates of environmental impact in the negative footprint illusion
- The role of external facial features and focus of attention in the construction of holistic facial composites
- Incubation when problem solving: The role of mystery in nature.
- British Academy Leverhulme, Research Grant, £8,000, 2017
- Brain and Behaviour Centre, University of Central Lancashire, £480, 2020.
- Threadgold, E., Marsh, J. E., & Ball, L. J. (2019). Normative data for 84 English UK Rebus Puzzles. Poster presented at the UK Creativity Researchers Conference, Preston, UK.
- Threadgold, E., Batey, M., Crick, L., & Hughes, D. (2018). Designing creative spaces: The impact of a nature poster on divergent thinking. Paper presented at the UK Creativity Researchers Conference, Canterbury, UK.
- Threadgold, E., Marsh, J. E, & Ball, L. J. (2016). Does background music stint creativity? Evidence from the compound remote associate task. Poster presented at the Psychonomic Society 56th Annual Convention, Boston, USA.
- Threadgold, E., Marsh, J. E., & Ball, L. J. (2016). Can ambient noise make us more creative? Paper presented at the BPS Annual Convention,Barcelona, Spain.
- Ball, L. J., Threadgold, E., Solowiej, A., & Marsh, J. E. (2016). The impact of two types of task engagement on problem solving performance with and without distraction. Paper presented at the BPS Annual Convention,Barcelona, Spain.
- Threadgold, E., Ball, L. J, Marsh, J. E.. & Litchfield, D. (2015) Does a hint to search for contraries facilitate insight problem solving? Paper presented at Meeting of Contrast in Perception, Cognition and Language, Verona, Italy.
- Threadgold, E., Howe, M. L., & Garner, S. R. (2015). A comparison of true and false memory priming in analogical reasoning. Paper Presented at The European Society for Cognitive Psychology Annual Convention, Paphos, Cyprus.
- Threadgold, E., Howe, M. L., Garner, S. R., & Ball, L. J. (2014). Priming children’s analogical reasoning with true and false memories: a comparison of relation and solution priming. Poster Presented at The Psychonomic Society 55th Annual Meeting, California, USA.
- Howe, M. L., Garner, S. R., Threadgold, E., & Ball, L. J. (2014). Using false memories to prime analogical reasoning. Symposia Contribution at The Psychonomic Society 55th Annual Meeting, California, USA.
- Howe, M. L., & Threadgold, E., (2013). Adaptive memory; it’s not just ancestral anymore. Symposia contribution at the SARMAC Conference, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
- Threadgold, E., Howe, M. L., Garner, S. R., Ball, L. J., & Bland. C. E. (2013). Priming analogical problem solutions with false memories. Poster presented at the SARMAC Conference, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
- Threadgold, E. & Towse, J. N. (2011). Integration of processing and memory enhances working memory performance. Poster presented at the Working Memory and Education Conference, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK.
- Threadgold, E. & Towse, J. N. (2010). Integration of processing and memory enhances working memory performance. Poster presented at the 22nd Annual Convention for the Association of Psychological Science, Boston, USA.
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