Dr Ward joined Middlesex University in September 2013. Prior to this she was at the University of York (2012-2013), and completed her PhD on the distinction between explicit and implicit memory at University College London.
BSc, MSc, PhD, PGCHE
Learning & Teaching Interests
PSY1016 Research methods and Design in Psychology (Co-Module leader) PSY2013 Biological and Cognitive Psychology
PSY3016 Affective Science and Neuropsychology PSY3330 Psychology Dissertation
Programme Leader for BSc Psychology with Education and BSc Psychology with Marketing
Supervision / Dissertation interests:
Human memory, particularly the distinction between explicit (conscious, declarative) and implicit (unsoncsious, nondeclarative) memory. Factors influencing memory encoding / retrieval (e.g., attention, context).
Research Outputs & Interests
Dr Ward's research interests surround human memory, particularly the distinction between explicit (e.g., recognition) and implicit (e.g., repetition-priming) memory. Her doctoral thesis focussed on changes in explicit and implicit memory as a function of normal ageing, but she is broadly and generally interested in the relationship between these memory phenomena, as well as specific memory processes and factors that influence them.
Enquiries from potential PhD applicants who wish to undertake research in one of these areas are welcome.
Factors affecting explicit and implicit memory (e.g. aging; attention; temporal encoding; study-test delay, context reinstatement, study duration)
Aging and memory for task irrelevant information
Context reinstatement effects on item and associative memory
Effects of music and rhythm on short and long term memory
Aging, wellbeing, and cognition (e.g., frailty assessment, geriatric depression, dementia [in humans and other species])
Member of the Experimental Psychology Society (EPS)
Ward, Emma V. and Maylor, Elizabeth A. and Poirier, Marie and Korko, Malgorzata and Ruud, Jens C. M. (2016) A benefit of context reinstatement to recognition memory in aging: the role of familiarity processes. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition . ISSN 1382-5585 (Published online first)
Sutton, Jennifer L. and Gould, Rebecca L. and Daley, Stephanie and Coulson, Mark and Ward, Emma V. and Butler, Aine M. and Nunn, Stephen and Howard, Robert J. (2016) Psychometric properties of multicomponent tools designed to assess frailty in older adults: a systematic review. BMC Geriatrics . ISSN 1471-2318
Liu, Kathy Y. and Gould, Rebecca L. and Coulson, Mark and Ward, Emma V. and Howard, Robert J. (2016) Tests of pattern separation and pattern completion in humans - a systematic review. Hippocampus, 26 (6). pp. 705-717. ISSN 1050-9631
Ward, Emma V. and De Mornay Davies, Paul and Politimou, Nina (2015) Greater priming for previously distracting information in young than older adults when suppression is ruled out. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 22 (6). pp. 712-730. ISSN 1382-5585