My main research interests are in how autobiographical memory functions in personal problem-solving. One focus is on depression where problem-solving skills are often poor and retrieval from autobiographical memory is characteristic of certain biases (e.g. negative and over-general). A main aim has been to identify optimal retrieval strategies for successful problem-solving performance and to attempt to improve problem-solving in depression by encouragement towards such strategies.
I am currently extending this work in two directions. First by examining social problem-solving deficits in Aspergers syndrome and how these may relate to autobiographical memory retrieval style and how this maps on to different problem-solving styles. For example, our research shows that gender differences exist with females favouring a more specific memory retrieval style and detailed problem-solving style in contrast to males.
Finally I also have research interests in the general area of cognitive processes in depression and in how depressed mood may be improved with certain exercise techniques ú particularly those which foster greater body awareness such as Pilates technique.