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Dr. Emma Threadgold

Research Fellow 

School of Psychology

Darwin Building DB108

+44 (0) 1772 89 3443

ethreadgold1@uclan.ac.uk

Subject Areas: Cognitive and Developmental Psychology

Dr Emma Threadgold is a Research Fellow in Distraction and Attention in the School of Psychology. Emma’s research interests focus on the role of true and false memories in priming analogical reasoning, insight problem solving and distraction. Emma has held a series of research posts since graduating with a doctoral degree in 2012.

Emma is research active in the Attention, Distraction and Awareness Research Group.

Full Profile

Emma graduated from Lancaster University with a First Class honours degree in Psychology (2004), and an MSc in Psychological Research Methods with Distinction (2007). Emma then undertook a PhD in the area of Working Memory Development at Lancaster University, graduating in 2012. She then went onto complete a Research Assistant role at Edge Hill University in the area of prospective memory and insight problem solving. Emma also undertook a lecturing role at Edge Hill University, where she was responsible for teaching on Research Methods and Cognition Courses, and supervising undergraduate dissertation projects. In 2012 Emma began a three year Senior Research Associate post on an ESRC grant at Lancaster University, and later at City University London. This grant focused on the priming analogical reasoning with true and false memories with Professor Mark L Howe and Linden J. Ball. Following this, she moved to the University of Central Lancashire to begin a Research Fellow role within the Attention, Distraction and Awareness Research Group. Emma is also Research Degree Tutor for the School of Psychology, and Deputy-Vice Chair of the PsySoc Ethics Board.

Research activities

Emma is involved in a series of current research projects with Professor Linden J. Ball and Dr John E. Marsh within the Attention, Distraction and Awareness Group. These projects include; ‘Investigating the role of verbal overshadowing in insight problem solving’, and ‘Semantic Priming in Distraction’.

Conferences

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.

Publications

Threadgold, E., Marsh, J. E., McLatchie, N., & Ball, L. Background music stints creativity: Evidence from the compound remote associates task. Revision submitted to Journal of Applied Cognitive Psychology.

Threadgold, E., Marsh, J. E., & Ball, L. (2018) Normative data for 84 UK English Rebus Puzzles. Frontiers in Psychology, 9; 1-15.

Ball, L. J., Threadgold, E., Solowiej, A., & Marsh, J. E. Can intrinsic and extrinsic metacognitive cues shield against in problem solving? (2018). Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 1(1) : 15, 1-12.

Ball, L. J., Threadgold, E., Marsh, J. E. & Christiansen, B. The effects of stimulus complexity and conceptual fluency on aesthetic judgements of abstract art: Evidence for a default-interventionist account. (2018). Metaphor and Symbol, 33 (3).

Marsh, J. E., Patel, K., Labonté, K., Threadgold, E., Vachon, F., Skelton, F, C.,  Fodarella, C., Thorley, R., Battersby, K., Frowd, C., Ball, L. J. Chatting in the face of the eyewitness: The impact of extraneous cell-phone conversation on memory for a perpetrator. (2017). The Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, 71, 183-190.

Howe, M. L., Threadgold, E., Wilkinson, S., Garner, S. R., & Ball, L. J. (2016). The Positive Side of Memory Illusions: How False Memories Facilitate Reasoning. R. A. Nash and J. Ost (Eds.) False and Distorted Memories. Hove, UK: Psychology Press.

Marsh, J. E., Ljung, R., Nöstl, A., & Threadgold, E. (2015). Failing to get the gist of what’s being said: Background noise impairs higher order cognitive functioning. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 548.

Howe, M. L., Garner, S., Threadgold, E., & Ball, L. J. (2014). Priming analogical problem solutions with false memories. Memory and Cognition, 43, 6, 879-895.

Knott, L. M., Threadgold, E., & Howe, M. L. (2014). Negative mood state impairs false memory priming when problem solving. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 26, 5, 580-587.