Dr. Lea Pilgrim

Lecturer in Psychology

School of Psychology

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Subject Areas: Psychology

Lea is a cognitive neuroscientist with interests in memory, language and right-hemisphere involvement in cognition. She is also the academic lead for the Brain Imaging Laboratory (BIL) located within the School of Psychology.

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Before joining UCLan in September 2012 as a Lecturer in Psychology, Lea held post-doctoral 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 B.Sc. (Hons.) in Psychology (1997) and M.Sc. in Speech & Hearing Sciences (1998).

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Marsh JE, Pilgrim LK and Sörqvist P (2013) Hemispheric specialization in selective attention and short-term memory: a fine-coarse model of left- and right-ear disadvantages. Frontiers in Psychology, 4, 976.

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

Mellem, MS, Bastiaansen, MCM, Pilgrim, LK, Medvedev, AV, Friedman, RB (2012). Word Class and Context Affect Alpha-band Oscillatory Dynamics in an Older Population. Frontiers in psychology, 3(97), 1-8.

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Research Activities

Lea is academic lead for the Brain Imaging Laboratory (BIL) within the School of Psychology. The lab was funded by the University and set up in the summer of 2013. Current imaging equipment includes Electroencephalography (EEG) and Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS). The facilities are currently used by both students and staff.

Research Projects

Lea is currently working on studies of episodic memory (with collaborators at the University of Stirling) and of right hemisphere processing (with UCLan colleagues, including John Marsh).

Teaching Activities

Lea is Deputy Course Leader for both Neuroscience and Neuropsychology. She is module leader for PS2850 Techniques in Neuroscience, PS3070 Psychology Work Placement and PS3020 Neuropsychological Disorders & Techniques. In addition, she teaches on various undergraduate modules including PS1010, PS1030, PS1035, PS1040, PS1045 and PS2030.