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Agnieszka Jaroslawska


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PhD projects

- Cognitive development across the lifespan - Understanding and remediating cognitive learning difficulties - Working memory – mechanisms, learning and training - Mind-wandering in children and adolescents

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Personal profile


I graduated from the University of York in 2011 with a degree in Psychology before earning my PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2016. I worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at Queen's University Belfast and the University of Edinburgh before returning to the School of Psychology, Queen's, in late 2018. I was appointed as a Lecturer in Applied Developmental Psychology in September 2019. 

Research Interests

I study higher-level cognition and its development across the lifespan. I am particularly interested in understanding what limits memory for the immediate past, and how those limits change as people grow older. I seek to understand why remembering novel information is notoriously faulty, and discover factors that can help alleviate immediate memory limits.

I am also interested in how children and adults process information and speculate about events in the past and future. I have studied the impact of temporal information and emotional influences on decision-making, including whether the extent to which individuals focus on the future, or their skills in thinking about the future, affect the quality of their decisions. With Prof. Aidan Feeney (Queen's), Prof. Teresa McCormack (Queen's), Dr Sara Lorimer (Queen's), Mr Matthew Johnston (PhD student, Queen's), Dr Sarah Beck (University of Birmingham), and Prof. Christoph Hoerl (University of Warwick), I am working on a project which seeks to explain how children and adults think about counterfactual alternatives to reality, and how consideration of those alternatives is related to their experience of relief.

I am also an advocate for open science practices and reproducibility initiatives and work to improve the transparency of research to inform decision-making within and beyond academia.


I teach cognitive developmental psychology and supervise final-year projects in this area.



- ResearchGate

- Twitter handle - @4gnieszka

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Research Output 2016 2020

How Do Scientific Views Change? Notes from an Extended Adversarial Collaboration

Cowan, N., Belletier, C., Doherty, J. M., Jaroslawska, A., Rhodes, S., Forsberg, A., Naveh-Benjamin, M., Barrouillet, P., Camos, V. & Logie, R. H., 03 Jan 2020, (Accepted) In : Perspectives on Psychological Science.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Research Personnel
Short-Term Memory
Retention (Psychology)
Decision Making
2 Citations (Scopus)
181 Downloads (Pure)

Adult Age Differences in the Effects of Processing on Storage in Working Memory: A Meta-Analysis

Jaroslawska, A. & Rhodes, S., Jun 2019, In : Psychology and aging. 34, 4, p. 512-530 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Task Performance and Analysis
Short-Term Memory
Epidemiologic Effect Modifiers
Information Storage and Retrieval
3 Citations (Scopus)
151 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Age Groups
Developmental Study
8 Citations (Scopus)
1 Downloads (Pure)

Dual-Task Costs in Working Memory: An Adversarial Collaboration

Doherty, J. M., Belletier, C., Rhodes, S., Jaroslawska, A. J., Barrouillet, P., Camos, V., Cowan, N., Naveh-Benjamin, M. & Logie, R. H., Sep 2019, In : Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. 45, 9, p. 1529-1551 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Short-Term Memory
Costs and Cost Analysis

Activities 2015 2019

  • 15 Oral presentation
  • 7 Publication peer-review
  • 1 Participation in conference
  • 1 PhD external examination

Journal of Experimental Psychology: General (Journal)

Agnieszka Jaroslawska (Peer reviewer)
2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

It could have been worse - validating a distinction between counterfactual and temporal instances of relief.

Agnieszka Jaroslawska (Presenter), Teresa McCormack (Contributor), Aidan Feeney (Contributor)
Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

PhD viva for Amy Bushell, University of Bristol

Agnieszka Jaroslawska (Examiner)
Oct 2019

Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination

Acta Psychologica (Journal)

Agnieszka Jaroslawska (Peer reviewer)
2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

Memory & Cognition (Journal)

Agnieszka Jaroslawska (Peer reviewer)
Oct 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

Press / Media

Children’s cognitive abilities linked to parental education

Agnieszka Jaroslawska


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment