Gillian completed a BA in Applied Psychology in UCC and is currently undertaking a PhD in the School of Applied Psychology. Gillian is interested in the application of cognitive theories to complex real life tasks. Her doctoral research, supervised by Dr Ciara Greene (UCC) and Professor John A. Groeger (University of Hull) is looking at how the load theory of attention can be applied to driving. Through a series of experiments, using E-Prime and immersive driving simulation, she aims to evaluate the usefulness of load theory in understanding selective attention behind the wheel. She will also be examining how load theory interacts with other driving-related variables such as working memory load, anxiety and expertise.
Gillian’s broader interests lie in applied cognitive psychology, with a particular focus on the translational aspect of applied research (taking theories out of traditional paradigms and finding their real-world equivalent).