Lecturer in Psychology
Psychology
Room: Office - 910C
Ninth Floor
Vivian Building
Singleton Campus

I am lecturer in cognitive psychology. Before joining Swansea University, I held positions at Southampton Solent and Sheffield Hallam. The primary focus of my research is on reading aloud and word recognition, though I also author papers in the field of cognitive neuropsychology more broadly.

Areas of Expertise

  • Reading
  • Word Recognition
  • Acquired language disorders

Publications

  1. Tree, J., Playfoot, D. How to get by with half a loop – An investigation of visual and auditory codes in a case of impaired phonological short-term memory (pSTM) Cortex
  2. Askey, C., Playfoot, D. Examining theories of cognitive ageing using the false memory paradigm Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 71 4 931 939
  3. Playfoot, D., Balint, T., Pandya, V., Parkes, A., Peters, M., Richards, S. Are Word Association Responses Really the First Words that Come to Mind? Applied Linguistics amw015
  4. Tree, J., Playfoot, D. Strategic effects on pseudohomophone reading in phonological dyslexics with and without phonological impairment Journal of Neurolinguistics 35 39 54
  5. Playfoot, D., Izura, C. Spelling-to-sound correspondences affect acronym recognition processes Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 68 5 1026 1039

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Teaching

  • PSY237 Research and Experimental Methods I

    This module is designed to further develop quantitative and qualitative methods and statistics for psychologists to prepare students for their final year independent research project. Students will be introduced to using the statistical software package SPPS for quantitative analysis and students will learn how to design mini-projects, apply appropriate statistical tests, and interpret and present data. Students will also be introduced to qualitative research methods. The module also covers research ethics, the nature of good experimental design, how to control for confounding factors and the need for replicability and reliability in scientific research.

  • PSY238 Research and Experimental Methods II

    This module is designed to further develop quantitative and qualitative methods and statistics for psychologists to prepare students for their final year independent research project and follows directly from Research and Experimental Methods I. Students will study advanced multivariate techniques and deal with complex experimental designs. Students will also explore qualitative research methods.

  • PSY316 Cognition and Education

    This module will examine the way that cognitive psychological theory has been (or perhaps, should be) applied to teaching and assessing students in schools and universities. In this module students will be reminded of important cognitive models of memory (e.g. working memory), attention, and reading. In addition, students will be introduced to theories concerning teaching best practice. The key question to be addressed over the module is whether the cognitive mechanisms of learning are effectively matched with the principles held to be best practice in teaching ¿ if not, where are we going wrong, and how could cognitive psychology help us to help our learners?

  • PSY319 Final Year Independent Research Project

    Students conduct an independent research project under the supervision of a member of staff. The research topic is decided in conjunction with supervisors and Research topics. Students must obtain ethical approval, design, conduct, analyse and write up a piece of research in order to achieve Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

  • PSY325 Independent Research Project - Joint Honours

    Students conduct an independent research project under the supervision of a member of staff. Students must obtain ethical approval, design, conduct, analyse and write up a piece of research in order to achieve Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society.

Supervision

  • Validating clinical neuropsychological assessments for Welsh speakers. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Mr Steven Morris
    Other supervisor: Dr Jeremy Tree

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Head of Year 3 Psychology - Swansea University

    2018 - Present

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2012 2013 Lecturer in Psychology Southampton Solent University
2013 2018 (Senior) Lecturer in Psychology Sheffield Hallam University