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Dr Louise Brown

Strathclyde Chancellor'S Fellow


Personal statement

I have been a Lecturer at the University of Strathclyde since 2014. As a Chancellor's Fellow, my position is research-focused. I am interested in human memory and attention, and particularly how these cognitive processes are affected by adult ageing. I gained my PhD at Glasgow Caledonian University in 2007, then worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Glasgow Caledonian and The University of Edinburgh. Prior to coming to Strathclyde, I was a Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society.


Older adults benefit from symmetry, but not semantic availability, in visual working memory
Hamilton Colin J., Brown Louise A., Rossi-Arnaud Clelia
Frontiers in Psychology, (2017)
Language production in Parkinson’s Disease : an investigation into the characteristics and underlying linguistic and cognitive mechanisms
Wagstaff Rebecca, Lowit Anja, Brown Louise, Kuschmann Anja
Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists Conference 2017, (2017)
Visual working memory in younger and older adults : multi-modal coding and strategic approach.
Brown Louise, English Brad
British Psychological Society Cognitive Section Conference, (2017)
Retrieval and monitoring processes during visual working memory : an ERP study of the benefit of visual semantics
Orme Elizabeth, Brown Louise A., Riby Leigh M.
Frontiers in Psychology Vol 8, (2017)
Visual feature binding in younger and older adults : encoding and suffix interference effects
Brown Louise A., Niven Elaine H., Logie Robert H. , Rhodes Stephen, Allen Richard J.
Memory Vol 25, pp. 261-275, (2017)
Spatial-sequential working memory in younger and older adults : age predicts backward recall performance within both age groups
Brown Louise A.
Frontiers in Psychology Vol 7, (2016)

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My teaching expertise is in the study of cognition, especially memory and attention, and in the psychology of ageing. I also supervise undergraduate and postgraduate research students. I am the class leader of the undergraduate dissertation project and the honours topic option "psychology and ageing". I also teach on the psychology of ageing in the level 3 Development class, on memory in the level 3 Cognition class, and I contribute to level 2 social psychology teaching.

Research interests

I am interested in cognitive ability in young and older adults. My research focuses upon understanding short-term ("working") memory and attention mechanisms, with an emphasis on processing and retaining visual information. A current area of focus is upon the ability to associate ("bind") visual information in working memory, and the ways in which this may be affected by ageing. Some of my research in this area has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. I am also interested in how young and older adults can maintain and even improve their cognitive functioning, for example by using cognitive strategies or by considering lifestyle factors such as level of cognitive engagement, nutrition, or exercise.

Professional activities

Seminar speaker - Psychology, Leeds Beckett University
Seminar speaker - Psychology, Heriot-Watt University
Speaker at the University of the Third Age, Glasgow West End.
BBC Radio Scotland: "Population Ageing"
Journal of Cognition (Journal)
Editorial board member
Age Friendly Academy launch - University of Strathclyde

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Information processing in visual perception and ageing
Brown, Louise (Co-investigator)
Project funded by the School of Social Sciences, Nottingham Trent University, to investigate visual information processing and visual working memory in younger and older adults.
Period 01-Apr-2012 - 31-Aug-2012
Optical Imaging Methods in the Study of Visual Cognition
Brown, Louise (Principal Investigator)
The Carnegie Trust funded my visit to the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to investigate novel neuroimaging techniques.
Period 01-Feb-2008 - 29-Feb-2008
Encoding and interference effects on visual working memory binding in young and older adults
Brown, Louise (Principal Investigator)
This Economic and Social Research Council-funded project was aimed at investigating the existence of age-related binding deficits in visual working memory, and to establish the possible role of encoding processes. There were three specific objectives: 1) To determine whether or not encoding time influences binding efficacy in older adults. Experiment 1 was designed to test the hypothesis that older adults' binding memory performance may suffer only when exposed to longer-than-required encoding durations, potentially implicating a central executive deficit. 2) To investigate the effects of presentation format (i.e., simultaneous – all at once – or sequential – one item at a time) and, within the sequential condition, whether serial position effects exist in binding memory performance. Experiment 2 was designed to reveal any difficulties experienced by older adults during the encoding phase of the task, which would have indicated limited central executive and/or working memory storage capacity. 3) To test the theory that older adults are less able than young adults to inhibit irrelevant information from working memory. Experiment 3 was designed to involve the brief presentation of a suffix (a new object irrelevant to the task) immediately after encoding of the to-be-remembered items. If older adults were more affected than young adults, reduced inhibitory processes would be implicated.
Period 01-Dec-2011 - 30-Sep-2012

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