Centre for Thinking and Learning

Centre for Thinking and Learning

Research on applied aspects of cognition and learning and evidence informed education practice from early childhood to adult learning.

Find out more about the Centre for Thinking and Learning

Our experts

Dr Gordon O. Ade-Ojo

Professor of Language and Literacy Policy in Lifelong Learning and Academic Lead for the CPD portfolio

Louise Atkins

Quality Lead PSRB (Head of Initial Teacher Education)

Dr Jane Barnard

Programme Leader, Education

Michelle Best

Senior Lecturer

Gemma Boden

Senior Lecturer

Dr Ashley Brett

Senior Lecturer in Primary Education

Jon Daveney

Senior Lecturer

Professor Josh P Davis

Professor in Applied Psychology

Professor Claire Donovan

Deputy Head of School (Research & Enterprise)

Jennifer Field

Professor of Mathematics Education, National Teaching Fellow and HEA Senior Fellow

Catherine Freeman

PGR student

Dr Poppy Gibson

Programme Lead of BA Hons Primary Education, and Lecturer in Primary Education

Alison Hales

Senior Lecturer in Primary Initial Teacher Education

Lindsay Hart

Senior Lecturer in Paramedic Science

Ms Asegul Hulus

Postgraduate Researcher (PhD) and teaching assistant

Dr Karolina Janacsek

Associate Professor of Psychology

Ryan Jenkins

Postgraduate Research Student, PGR Teaching Assistant

Bonnie Kerr

Senior Lecturer

Iain Kitchener

Deputy Head of School (Student Experience)

Professor Andrew Lambirth

Professor of Education, Literacy

Professor David Luke

Associate Professor of Psychology

Dr Ade Magaji

Associate Professor of Education, Science Education, Pedagogy & Assessments

Dr Gemma Mansi

Principal Lecturer and Programme Leader

Roger McDonald

Associate Professor in Primary Education (Literacy)

Dr Catherine Molesworth


Dr Robert Morgan

Senior Lecturer

Janet Morris

Senior Lecturer, Programme Leader for Early Years

Heather Munn

Senior Lecturer, Early Years

Dr Sandhiran Patchay

Associate Professor of Movement and Cognition Research

Alison Rae

Senior Lecturer, Adult Nursing

Sue Robinson

Senior Lecturer, Adult Care

Dr Anna Samara

Lecturer in Developmental Psychology

Alison Saridogan

Senior Lecturer, Dance and Physical Education

Dr Ewa Sidorenko

Senior Lecturer, Education and Childhood Studies

Lorraine Smith

Programme leader for secondary and further education teacher education

Sarah Smith

Principal Lecturer and Programme Leader for Primary Initial Teacher Education

Jane Speare

Senior Lecturer, Education and Community Studies

Dr Ian Tharp

Senior Lecturer, Psychology

Jill Trinder

Senior Lecturer in Teacher Education and Lead for Primary Mathematics

Dr Robert Willson

Senior Lecturer, Psychology

Rachel Wolfendale

Practitioner in Primary Teacher Education

Dr Yang Ye

Lecturer in Psychology

Research activity

About us

The Centre for Thinking and Learning focuses on applied aspects of cognition & learning, and evidence informed education practice, from early childhood to adult learning. The Centre builds on our strengths in applied cognitive science and education in order to enhance the impact of our research and partnerships on policy and practice relating to thinking and learning across the lifespan. Members of the Centre have specialisation in a range of fields, including applied cognitive and behavioural psychology, teacher and primary education, and adult nursing and paramedic science amongst others.

ILD | Institute for Lifecourse Development

The ILD is a key anchor resource hosted by the Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences. Professionals from related fields will work closely together with researchers and stakeholders from public, charitable and voluntary organisations. Together they will develop effective and economically sustainable lifecourse solutions and tackle the grand challenge agendas society faces.

Recent publications


Davis, Josh P. , Dray, Callan, Petrov, Nikolay, Belanova, Elena (2021), Low prevalence match and mismatch detection in simultaneous face matching: Influence of face recognition ability and feature focus guidance. Springer. In: , , , . Springer, Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 83 (7) . pp. 2937-2954 ISSN: 1943-3921 (Print), 1943-393X (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.3758/s13414-021-02348-4) NB Item availability restricted.

Toth-Faber, E , Tarnok, Z, Takacs, A, Janacsek, Karolina , Nemeth, D (2021), Access to procedural memories after one year: evidence for robust memory consolidation in Tourette syndrome. Frontiers Media. In: , , , . Frontiers Media, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 15: 715254 ISSN: 1662-5161 (Print), 1662-5161 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2021.715254).

Belanova, Elena , Davis, Josh P., Thompson, Trevor (2021), The part-whole effect in super-recognisers and typical-range-ability controls. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Vision Research, 187 . pp. 75-84 ISSN: 0042-6989 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.visres.2021.06.004) NB Item availability restricted.

Quentin, Romain , Fanuel, Lison, Kiss, Mariann, Vernet, Marine , Vekony, Teodora , Janacsek, Karolina , Cohen, Leonardo , Nemeth, Dezso (2021), Statistical learning occurs during practice while high-order rule learning during rest period. Nature Research. In: , , , . Nature Research, NPJ Science of learning, 6: 14 2056-7936 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41539-021-00093-9).

Singh, Daniela , Wonnacott, Elizabeth, Samara, Anna (2021), Statistical and explicit learning of graphotactic patterns with no phonological counterpart: Evidence from an artificial lexicon study with 7- 8-year-olds and adults. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Journal of Memory and Language, 121: 104265 ISSN: 0749-596X (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jml.2021.104265) NB Item availability restricted.

Toth-Faber, Eszter , Janacsek, Karolina, Szollosi, Agnes, Keri, Szabolcs , Nemeth, Dezso (2021), Regularity detection under stress: faster extraction of probability-based regularities. Public Library of Science (PLoS). In: , , , . Public Library of Science (PLoS), PLoS ONE, 16: e0253123 (6) ISSN: 1932-6203 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0253123).

Toth-Faber, Eszter , Janacsek, Karolina, Nemeth, Dezso (2021), Statistical and sequence learning lead to persistent memory in children after a one-year offline period. Nature. In: , , , . Nature, Scientific Reports, 11: 12418 ISSN: 2045-2322 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-90560-5).

Kobor, Andrea , Kardos, Zsofia, Takacs, Adam, Elteto, Noemi , Janacsek, Karolina , Toth-Faber, Eszter , Csepe, Valeria , Nemeth, Dezso (2021), Adaptation to recent outcomes attenuates the lasting effect of initial experience on risky decisions. Nature. In: , , , . Nature, Scientific Reports, 11: 10132 ISSN: 2045-2322 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s***************-1).

Clinton, Michael E. , Hewett, Rebecca, Conway, Neil, Poulter, Damian (2021), Lost control driving home: A dual-pathway model of self-control work demands and commuter driving. SAGE Publications. In: , , , . SAGE Publications, Journal of Management ISSN: 0149-2063 (Print), 1557-1211 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/0149206321997912) NB Item availability restricted.

Takács, Ádám , Kóbor, Andrea, Kardos, Zsófia, Janacsek, Karolina , Horváth, Kata , Beste, Christian , Nemeth, Dezso (2021), Neurophysiological and functional neuroanatomical coding of statistical and deterministic rule information during sequence learning. Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, Human Brain Mapping, 42 (10) . pp. 3182-3201 ISSN: 1065-9471 (Print), 1097-0193 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/hbm.25427).

Jenkins, Ryan , Davis, Josh P., Monks, Claire, Tsermentseli, Davis (2021), Individual differences in face and voice recognition. The British Psychological Society. In: , , , . The British Psychological Society, The Cognitive Psychology Bulletin (6) ISSN: 2397-2653 (Print), (doi: ).

Magaji, Adewale and , (2021), Reflecting on lessons from engaging with remote teaching during the Covid-19 pandemic in schools in England: a commentary on potentials for improvement. Slocum Studio. In: , , , . Slocum Studio, International Journal of Multidisciplinary Comparative Studies, 7 (1-3) . pp. 65-75 ISSN: 2059-4976 (Print), 2059-4984 (Online) (doi: https://www.ijmcs-journal.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/ADEWALE-MAGAJI_f.pdf).

Smith, Hariett M. J. , Andrews, Sally, Baguley, Thom S., Colloff, Melissa F. , Davis, Josh P. , White, David , Flowe, Heather D. (2021), Performance of typical and superior face recognisers on a novel interactive face matching procedure. Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, British Journal of Psychology, 112 (4) . pp. 964-991 ISSN: 0007-1269 (Print), 2044-8295 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/bjop.12499).

Jenkins, Ryan , Robertson, David, Davis, Josh P. (2021), Super-recognisers: some people excel at both face and voice recognition. The Conversation Trust. In: , , , . The Conversation Trust, The Conversation: 156817 ISSN: 2201-5639 (Print), (doi: https://theconversation.com/super-recognisers-some-people-excel-at-both-face-and-voice-recognition-156817).

Kóbor, Andrea , Kardos, Zsófia, Horváth, Kata, Janacsek, Karolina , Takács, Ádám , Csépe, Valéria , Nemeth, Dezso (2021), Implicit anticipation of probabilistic regularities: Larger CNV emerges for unpredictable events. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Neuropsychologia: 107826 ISSN: 0028-3932 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2021.107826).

Jenkins, Ryan , Tsermentseli, Stella, Monks, Claire, Robertson, David , Stevenage, Sarah , Symons, Ashleigh , Davis, Josh P. (2021), Are super-face-recognisers also super-voice-recognisers? Evidence from cross-modal identification tasks. Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, Applied Cognitive Psychology, 35 (3) . pp. 590-605 ISSN: 0888-4080 (Print), 1099-0720 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/acp.3813).

Field, Jenny , Day, Allie, Vyas, Sunita (2021), Teaching, learning and understanding times tables, a case study from the perspective of schools participating in a national CPD programme. Mathematical Association. In: , , , . Mathematical Association, Primary Mathematics, 25 (1) . pp. 19-25 (doi: https://www.m-a.org.uk).

Horvath, Kata , Török, Csenge, Pesthy, Orsolya, Nemeth, Dezso , Janacsek, Karolina (2020), Divided attention does not affect the acquisition and consolidation of transitional probabilities. Nature. In: , , , . Nature, Scientific Reports, 10: 22450 ISSN: 2045-2322 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-79232-y).

Vékony, Teodora , Török, Lilla, Pedraza, Felipe, Schipper, Kate , Pleche, Claire , Tóth, Laszlo , Janacsek, Karolina , Nemeth, Dezso (2020), Retrieval of a well-established skill is resistant to distraction: evidence from an implicit probabilistic sequence learning task. Public Library of Science (PLoS). In: , , , . Public Library of Science (PLoS), PLoS ONE, 15: e0243541 (12) 1932-6203 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0243541).

Dunn, James D. , Summersby, Stephanie, Towler, Alice, Davis, Josh P. , White, David (2020), UNSW face test: a screening tool for super-recognizers. Public Library of Science. In: , , , . Public Library of Science, PLoS ONE, 15: e0241747 (11) 1932-6203 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0241747).

Correll, Joshua , Ma, Debbie, Davis, Josh P. (2020), Perceptual tuning through contact? Contact interacts with perceptual (not memory-based) face-processing ability to predict cross-race recognition. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 92: 104058 ISSN: 0022-1031 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jesp.2020.104058) NB Item availability restricted.

Mcintosh, Shona and , Davis, Josh P. (2020), The ‘casting couch’ scenario: Impact of perceived employment benefit, reporting delay, complainant gender, and participant gender on juror decision-making in rape cases. SAGE Publications. In: , , , . SAGE Publications, Journal of Interpersonal Violence ISSN: 0886-2605 (Print), 1552-6518 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260520966679).

Kalocsányiová, Erika and , Shatnawi, Malika (2020), ‘He was obliged to seek refuge’: an illustrative example of a cross-language interview analysis. SAGE Publications. In: , , , . SAGE Publications, Qualitative Research ISSN: 1468-7941 (Print), 1741-3109 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/1468794120952020).

Vekony, Teodora , Marossy, Hanna, Must, Anita, Vecsei, Laszlo , Janacsek, Karolina , Nemeth, Dezso (2020), Speed or accuracy instructions during skill learning do not affect the acquired knowledge. Oxford University Press. In: , , , . Oxford University Press, Cerebral Cortex Communications, 1: tgaa041 (1) 2632-7376 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/texcom/tgaa041).

Kobor, Andrea , Horvath, Kata, Kardos, Zsofia, Nemeth, Dezso , Janacsek, Karolina (2020), Perceiving structure in unstructured stimuli: implicitly acquired prior knowledge impacts the processing of unpredictable transitional probabilities. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Cognition, 205: 104413 ISSN: 0010-0277 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2020.104413).

Davis, Josh and , Robertson, David (2020), Capitalizing on the super-recognition advantage: a powerful, but underutilized, tool for policing and national security agencies. In: , , , . , Journal of the Homeland Defense & Security Information Analysis Centre, 7 (1) . pp. 20-25 (doi: https://www.hdiac.org/journal-article/capitalizing-on-the-super-recognition-advantage-a-powerful-but-underutilized-tool-for-policing-and-national-security-agencies/).

Ambrus, Géza Gergely , Vékony, Teodóra, Janacsek, Karolina, Trimborn, Anna B. C. , Kovács, Gyula , Nemeth, Dezso (2020), When less is more: enhanced statistical learning of non-adjacent dependencies after disruption of bilateral DLPFC. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Journal of Memory and Language, 114: 104144 ISSN: 0749-596X (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jml.2020.104144).

Zavecz, Zsófia , Horváth, Kata, Solymosi, Péter, Janacsek, Karolina , Nemeth, Dezso (2020), Frontal-midline theta frequency and probabilistic learning: a transcranial alternating current stimulation study. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Behavioural Brain Research, 393: 112733 ISSN: 0166-4328 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bbr.2020.112733).

Horváth, Kata , Kardos, Zsófia, Takács, Ádám, Csépe, Valéria , Nemeth, Dezso , Janacsek, Karolina , Kóbor, Andrea (2020), Error processing during the online retrieval of probabilistic sequence knowledge. Hogrefe Publishing. In: , , , . Hogrefe Publishing, Journal of Psychophysiology, 35 (2) . pp. 61-75 ISSN: 0269-8803 (Print), 2151-2124 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1027/0269-8803/a000262).

Zavecz, Zsófia , Nagy, Tamás, Galkó, Adrienn, Nemeth, Dezso , Janacsek, Karolina (2020), The relationship between subjective sleep quality and cognitive performance in healthy young adults: evidence from three empirical studies. Nature. In: , , , . Nature, Scientific Reports, 10: 4855 2045-2322 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-61627-6).

Lambirth, A. , Cabral, A., McDonald, R., Philpott, C. , Brett, A. , Magaji, A. (2019), Teacher-led professional development through a model of action research, collaboration and facilitation. Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, Professional Development in Education, 47 (5) . pp. 815-833 ISSN: 1941-5257 (Print), 1941-5265 (Online) (doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19415257.2019.1685565).

Book section

Kalocsányiová, Erika and , Shatnawi, Malika (2022), Transcribing (multilingual) voices: from fieldwork to publication. Multilingual Matters. In: , , In: Prue Holmes, Judith Reynolds, Sara Ganassin (eds.), The Politics of Researching Multilinguall. Multilingual Matters, . ISBN: 9781800410145 (doi: https://centerforinterculturaldialogue.org/2019/05/29/cfp-the-politics-of-researching-multilingually/) NB Item availability restricted.

Best, Michelle , Magaji, Adewale, Smith, Lorraine (2021), Outdoor learning. Routledge. In: , , , Inspiring Primary Learners: Insights and Inspiration across the curriculu. Routledge, Oxford, UK (1st) . ISBN: 9780367110659 (doi: ).

Magaji, Adewale , Smith, Lorraine, Best, Michelle (2021), Children as inventors. Routledge. In: , , , Inspiring Primary Learners: Insights and Inspiration across the curriculu. Routledge, Oxford, UK (1st) . ISBN: 9780367110659 (doi: ).

Davis, Josh P and , (2020), CCTV and the super-recognisers. Routledge. In: , , In: Clifford Stott, Ben Bradford, Matthew Radburn, Leanne Savigar-Shaw (eds.), Making an Impact on Policing and Crime: Psychological Research, Policy and Practic. Routledge, London, UK (1st) . ISBN: 9780815353577 (doi: ) NB Item availability restricted.

Conference item

Magaji, Adewale and , (2019), Engaging trainee teachers in assessment for learning: creating a pedagogy of learning. In: Engaging trainee teachers in assessment for learning: creating a pedagogy of learning., 16 Sep 2019 and 14 Jan 2020, University of Greenwich, London , . , (doi: ).

Field, Jenny and , (2019), Whole school approaches to teaching, learning and understanding times table. In: Inside Government: Raising and Maintaining Standards of Primary Numeracy, 26 Nov 2019, London, UK , Raising and Maintaining Standards of Primary Numerac. , (doi: ) NB Item availability restricted.

Magaji, Adewale and , Ade-Ojo, Gordon (2018), Social pedagogy in a UK secondary science classroom: developing and promoting scientific inquiry skills among students. In: “Competing Interests and Conflicting Pressures in Higher Education: How Can We Balance the Competing Demands of Stakeholders of University Education?”, 05- 06 Jul 2018, University of Greenwich, London , . , (doi: http://wef-international.org/conferences).

Conference proceedings

Magaji, A. , Cabral, A., Lambirth, A., McDonald, R. , Brett, A. , Philpott, C. (2021), Working together with teachers and senior leaders in a teacher-led professional development through a model of action research, collaboration, and facilitation. University of Greenwich. In: , , , Radically reimagining Higher Education for a new era: working together for a just and sustainable futur. University of Greenwich, (doi: ) NB Item availability restricted.

Edited book

Magaji, Adewale and , Neesam, Marc (2020), Editorial Association for Science Education International Journal. ASE International. In: , , , . ASE International, UK (11) (doi: https://www.ase.org.uk/resources/ase-international-journal/issue-11/editorial-open-access).

Working paper