Dr Kate Elizabeth Williams BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, MBPsS

Psychology Lecturer

Swansea

Tel: +44 (0) 1792 482017
E-mail: kate.williams@uwtsd.ac.uk

Kate Williams

  • Module leader
  • Personal tutor
  • Dissertation supervisor

I completed my Psychology BSc (Hons), a Masters in Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology (MSc), and my PhD in Cognitive Psychology at Swansea University.

I have previously worked in the college of Human and Health Sciences at Swansea University as a teaching demonstrator/assistant on the BSc Psychology program. I have also worked in the College of Medicine at Swansea University as a database assistant.

I joined the Psychology team within the School of Psychology and Counselling at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (Swansea) in September 2015.

  • Graduate member of the British Psychological Society
  • Cognitive Psychology Section of the British Psychological Society
  • Welsh branch of the British Psychological Society

My academic interests are mainly centred on issues in the field of cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and biological psychology. I also have an interest in experimental psychology and research methods in psychology.

The modules I will be teaching during the 16/17 academic year will include:

  • M4X00905 Experimental Psychology
  • M5X00908 Brain, Behaviour and Cognition
  • M5X00909 Current Debates in Psychology
  • M6X00915 Human Performance
  • M6X00917 Psychology Dissertation
  • SSAP6009 Biological and Cognitive Neuroscience (Carmarthen)

My research interests are in the areas of object recognition and memory. Within the area I am specifically interested in the nature of representations underlying long-term explicit episodic object recognition memory. I am keen to understand what properties of an object (e.g., its shape or colour) allow it to be remembered and under what circumstances might there be differences in the extent to which these properties can be used to help us with object recognition. I am also very interested in the Retrieval-Induced Forgetting (RIF) effect, with the majority of my research work focusing on a modified version of the RIF paradigm that involves recognition as opposed to retrieval, in order to examine whether it can be used to probe feature-based properties and inform us of the micro-structure of object memory representations.

Balbuena, L. D., Middleton, R.M., Tuite-Dalton, K., Pouliou, T., Williams, K. E., Noble, G. J (2016). Sunshine, Sea, and Season of Birth: MS Incidence in Wales. PLoS ONE 11(5): e0155181. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0155181.

Talks and Conference Presentations

Williams, K. E., & Reppa, I. (2014). The role of colour in object memory: Evidence from a recognition-induced forgetting paradigm. Poster at workshop, Colour in concepts: Representation and processing of colour in language and cognition. Düsseldorf, Germany, 3/6/2014.

Williams, K. E., & Reppa, I. (2013). The role of colour in object memory: Evidence from a recognition-induced forgetting paradigm. Poster at the Psychonomic society annual meeting. Toronto, Canada, 14/11/2013.

Williams, K. E., & Reppa, I. (2012). The role of colour in object memory: Evidence from a retrieval-induced forgetting paradigm. Presentation at the BPS Cognitive section conference. Glasgow, UK, 31/8/2012.

Reppa, I., & Williams, K. E. (2011). Retrieval competition in long-term memory for object shape and colour. Presentation at the International conference of memory. York, UK, 3/8/2011.

Williams, K. E., & Reppa, I. (2010). Competition in memory between shape and surface object properties. Poster at the BPS annual conference. Stratford-upon-Avon, UK, 14/4/2010.