I am a lecturer in Psychology at Swansea University. Prior to this I worked at the University of Nottingham as a Teaching Associate. Before this I worked in the Economic and Social Research Council, after completing an MSc in Research Methods in Psychology and a BSc in Psychology & Religious studies.

My research has primarily focused on the the factors which influence learning and how these can be explained by associative theories of learning. I am also interested in the role of learning and attention in people who have experienced psychosis, which has led to working with individuals who have been diagnosed with Schizophrenia.

Areas of Expertise

  • Learning and attenion
  • Causality and conditioning
  • Applications of learning (e.g., medical)

Publications

  1. Quigley, M., Eatherington, C., Haselgrove, M. Learned changes in outcome associability Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 72 2 209 221
  2. Bradley, A., Quigley, M., Bailey, K. How well are students engaging with the careers services at university? Studies in Higher Education 1 14
  3. Quigley, M., Reed, P. Over-selective Responding in a Diagnostic Judgment Task Applied Cognitive Psychology 31 5 558 564
  4. Reed, P., Quigley, M. Over-selectivity decreases with increased training: A role for within-compound associations Acta Psychologica 198 102868

Teaching

  • PS-100 Academic and Professional Development

    This module provides psychology students with the key skills that are required to succeed in degree level study in the discipline of psychology and beyond university as a graduate. There is an emphasis on building the skills necessary for independent study, such as time management, critical thinking and incorporating using feedback to improve academic performance. In the first half of the module, students will experience how and when to use a tool kit of study skills through a series of workshops and blended learning packs. Students will create a portfolio of reflections on their experience of making the transition to university study during the first year. In addition personal development planning is an important aspect of the module in order to record and further develop the skills needed for graduate employment. As part of the module students enrol in the Swansea Employability Award (SEA) and complete the bronze level (the Know Yourself module) by the end of Semester 2.

  • PSA114 Individual and Abnormal Psychology

    This module examines (i) individual differences in intelligence and personality and (ii) abnormal psychology, or psychopathology. Theoretical accounts of the structure of personality (trait vs factor approaches) will be examined along with the development of personality (learning vs psychoanalytic approaches) and personality assessment. Historical approaches to the measurement of intelligence and genetic and environmental determinants of intelligence will be covered, taking a critical perspective. Then focusing on abnormal psychology the module will examine how we define `abnormal¿ behaviour, along with the explanations of such behaviour including learning theory, biology and genetics, and psychoanalytic explanations. The symptoms of some of the principle disorders of behaviour will be delineated including schizophrenia, mood disorders and personality disorders.

  • PSY114 Individual and Abnormal Psychology

    This module examines (i) individual differences in intelligence and personality and (ii) abnormal psychology, or psychopathology. Theoretical accounts of the structure of personality (trait vs factor approaches) will be examined along with the development of personality (learning vs psychoanalytic approaches) and personality assessment. Historical approaches to the measurement of intelligence and genetic and environmental determinants of intelligence will be covered taking a critical perspective. Then focusing on abnormal psychology the module will examine how we define `abnormal¿ behaviour, along with the explanations of such behaviour including learning theory, biology and genetics, and psychoanalytic explanations. The symptoms of some of the principle disorders of behaviour will be delineated including schizophrenia, mood disorders and personality disorders.

  • 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.