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Dr Laura Jenkins is currently a Teaching Associate in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University, who focuses upon teaching areas of cognitive psychology. She is also a member of the British Psychological Society. Laura completed her PhD at Northumbria University, in Newcastle, where she has also taught the core areas of Psychology within the Department.
In 2017, Laura designed a Psychological and Behavioural Sciences course for Oxford Royale Academy, for students aged 19–25 years, and each summer she aims to teach several areas of Psychology to the students studying this course. Laura continues her connections with Oxford Royale Academy by offering advice on how to design and structure course material and independent learning tasks for students.
Laura worked in many universities within the United Kingdom, including at Oxford Brookes University where she worked as a Psychology Demonstrator. In this role, Laura focussed upon teaching research methods and statistics to undergraduate and postgraduate students. This has developed Laura’s understanding of the research methods used in many areas of Psychology.
During her research, Laura investigates the functional working memory architecture of visual change detection tasks, in particular how qualitative measures of visual working memory can develop and link to intelligence. In the long term, Laura hopes to research how these measures can develop over the lifespan.
Other research interests lie within areas of personality and emotion recognition, and also how people can detect angry faces. Laura has publications within these areas and aims to continue with this line of research in the future. She sits on the editorial board of Psychreg Journal of Psychology.