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Reader of Cognitive Psychology, Anglia Ruskin University

David joined Anglia Ruskin University as Reader in Cognitive Psychology in 2015, having previously worked at the University of Aberdeen and the University of the Saarland in Germany. He is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and a member of the Experimental Psychology Society. He currently serves on the Research Board and the Membership and Standards Board of the British Psychological Society, and has previously served as a Council member and Trustee of the Academy of Social Sciences (2007-2013).

David's research is focused on understanding the cognitive processes involved during memory, mental imagery and visuo-spatial thinking, with a particular focus on applications in the fields of clinical and environmental psychology. Recent projects have examined the role of visuo-spatial working memory and imagery during visual creativity, the involvement of mental imagery and working memory in different clinical disorders, and assessing the mental health benefits of viewing and interacting with natural environments.

Other recent papers have addressed the role of the oculomotor system as a rehearsal mechanism during spatial working memory, the link between working memory and body image dissatisfaction, and the cognitive processes associated with involuntary and intrusive images and memories. David is the author of over 40 publications, and his research has been supported by bodies including the Economic and Social Research Council, the British Academy, and the Nuffield Foundation.


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    Reader of Cognitive Psychology, Anglia Ruskin University