Emma Threadgold

Emma Threadgold
University of Central Lancashire | UCLAN · The School of Psychology

BSc Psychology, MSc Psychological Research Methods, PhD Cognitive Psychology

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Introduction
Dr Emma Threadgold is a Research Fellow in The School of Psychology at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK. Emma's main research interests centre around memory, distraction, problem solving and insight. Emma graduated with a BSc (Honors) First Class in Psychology (2004), a MSc in Psychological Research Methods with Distinction (2007) and a PhD in Psychology (2011) from Lancaster University, UK.
Additional affiliations
January 2013 - June 2015
City University London
Position
  • Fellow
Description
  • Research Fellow on an ESRC Grant investigating the priming of analogical problems with true and false memories. ESRC Grant held by Professor Mark Howe and Professor Linden Ball.
June 2012 - December 2012
Lancaster University
Position
  • Fellow
January 2012 - June 2012
Edge Hill University
Position
  • Lecturer
Education
October 2007 - October 2011
Lancaster University
Field of study
  • Psychology (Working Memory)
October 2006 - July 2007
Lancaster University
Field of study
  • Psychological Research Methods
October 2001 - June 2004
Lancaster University
Field of study
  • Psychology

Publications

Publications (28)
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People consistently act in ways that harm the environment, even when believing their actions are environmentally friendly. A case in point is a biased judgment termed the negative footprint illusion , which arises when people believe that the addition of “eco-friendly” items (e.g., environmentally certified houses) to conventional items (e.g., stan...
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Controversy exists regarding the processes involved in creative thinking with the Remote Associates Test (RAT) and the Compound Remote Associates Test (CRAT). We report three experiments that aimed to shed light on the component processes underpinning CRAT performance by using the mere presence of task-irrelevant sound as a key theoretical tool. Ex...
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Background music has been claimed to enhance people’s creativity (Ritter & Ferguson, 2017). In three experiments we investigated the impact of background music on performance of Compound Remote Associate Tasks (CRATs), which are widely thought to tap creativity. Background music with foreign (unfamiliar) lyrics (Experiment 1), instrumental music wi...
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Recent investigations have established the value of using rebus puzzles in studying the insight and analytic processes that underpin problem solving. The current study sought to validate a pool of 84 rebus puzzles in terms of their solution rates, solution times, error rates, solution confidence, self-reported solution strategies, and solution phra...
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We report an experiment investigating how stimulus complexity and conceptual fluency (i.e., the ease of deriving meaning) influence aesthetic liking judgments for abstract artworks. We presented participants with paintings at two levels of complexity (high vs. low) and five levels of conceptual fluency (determined from a prior norming study) and re...
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We investigated the capacity for two different forms of metacognitive cue to shield against auditory distraction in problem solving with Compound Remote Associates Tasks (CRATs). Experiment 1 demonstrated that an intrinsic metacognitive cue in the form of processing disfluency (manipulated using an easy-to-read vs. difficult-to-read font) could inc...
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Cell-phone conversation is ubiquitous within public spaces. The current study investigates whether ignored cell-phone conversation impairs eyewitness memory for a perpetrator. Participants viewed a video of a staged crime in the presence of 1 side of a comprehensible cell-phone conversation (meaningful halfalogue), 2 sides of a comprehensible cell-...
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A corrigendum on Failing to get the gist of what's being said: background noise impairs higher-order cognitive processing by Marsh
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Research is presented that focused on the impact of varying types of background music on the performance of a task thought to tap creativity: the compound remote associate task (CRAT). Findings from three experiments revealed that background music with: foreign lyrics, familiar lyrics and instrumental music without lyrics all significantly impaired...
Conference Paper
Creativity is a vital aspect of cognition underpinning activities such as innovative product design, scientific advancement and effective advertising and marketing communications. With a recent trend toward the popularity of coffee-shop environments for individual study or office style working, the role that ambient noise can play in influencing cr...
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A dynamic interplay is known to exist between auditory processing and human cognition. For example, prior investigations of speech-in-noise have revealed there is more to learning than just listening: Even if all words within a spoken list are correctly heard in noise, later memory for those words is typically impoverished. These investigations sup...
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Like true memories, false memories are capable of priming answers to insight-based problems. Recent research has attempted to extend this paradigm to more advanced problem-solving tasks, including those involving verbal analogical reasoning. However, these experiments are constrained inasmuch as problem solutions could be generated via spreading ac...
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The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of emotional mood states on the ability to create effective primes using the recently developed false memory priming paradigm. A negative or positive mood state was induced before Deese/Roediger–McDermott (DRM) list presentation. A further control group experienced no mood induction. Participants...
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The present study examined age-by-mood interactions in prospective memory and the potential role of attentional control. Positive, negative, or neutral mood was induced in young and older adults. Subsequent time-based prospective memory performance was tested, incorporating a measure of online attentional control shifts between the ongoing and the...
Poster
Priming children’s analogical reasoning with true and false memories: a comparison of relation and solution priming.
Article
We investigated priming of analogical problem solutions with true and false memories. Children and adults were asked to solve nine verbal proportional analogies, three of which had been primed by Deese-Roediger-McDermott (DRM) lists where the critical lure (and problem solution) was presented as the initial word in the list (true memory priming), t...
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Integration of processing and memory enhances working memory performance.
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Integration of processing and memory enhances working memory performance.

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Projects (2)
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There is a dynamic interplay between hearing and cognition. How can the brains of aging persons better interact with hearing-assistive devices or nonauditory information to facilitate communication? To answer this question, cognitive hearing science tests models of the effortful neurocognitive processes of speech perception and language understanding under adverse conditions. Such conditions include cognitive decline, hearing impairment, and background noise.
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To examine the role of attentional processes in insightful and non-insightful problem solving.