Agnieszka Jaroslawska

Dr

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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

20162020

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Particulars

I graduated from the University of York in 2011 with a degree in Psychology before earning my PhD from the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, 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. The ultimate goal of my work is to understand how executive functions develop and how their development can be best supported. I am currently working on a programme of research exploring mind wandering in children, examining its nature, and considering the costs and benefits that mind wandering can bring in the context of educational attainment. This line of enquiry feeds into my interests in new and original approaches to tackling educational underachievement that lead to lasting improvements in children’s lives.

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. I am also involved in 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 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.

Teaching

I teach cognitive developmental psychology and supervise final-year projects in this area. In my role as an advisor to students working towards a Doctorate in Educational, Child, and Adolescent Psychology (DECAP), I foster the development of strong research skills in the next generation of educational psychologists. 

Other

Media:

- ResearchGate

- Twitter handle - @4gnieszka

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