David Greeno

Research student, School of Psychology

Research summary

I am interested in the role  that perceptual organisation and motor planning behaviour plays in human memory  and cognition. In particular, I am interested in their effects upon performance  in auditory and verbal short-term memory tasks. Performance in such tasks is  typically explained by relying on the classical distinction between long-term  memory and short-term memory and processes that operate within a short-term  memory store such as interference and decay. Key phenomena such as the  word-length effect, lexicality effect and the frequency effect are all used as  evidence of a distinct short-term memory store and as evidence of the processes  proposed to operate within it. My research aims to demonstrate that performance  can instead be reinterpreted in terms of the use of perceptual and motor skills  and that, rather than processes operating within a distinct short-term memory  store, it is actually the opportunistic use of these skills that causes  short-term memory phenomena to emerge.

Teaching summary

I am a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) for  year one, Level 4 and 5, modules (Introduction to Psychology, Psychological  Research, Social Psychology, Language and Memory and Biological Psychology).  The role involves delivering weekly seminars, preparing teaching materials, essay  marking and providing general support.

Research interests

Research topics and related papers

I am interested in the role that  perceptual organisation and motor planning behaviour plays in human memory and  cognition. In particular, I am interested in their effects upon performance in  auditory and verbal short-term memory tasks. Performance in such tasks is  typically explained by relying on the classical distinction between long-term  memory and short-term memory and processes that operate within a short-term  memory store such as interference and decay. Key phenomena such as the  word-length effect, lexicality effect and the frequency effect are all used as  evidence of a distinct short-term memory store and as evidence of the processes  proposed to operate within it. My research aims to demonstrate that performance  can instead be reinterpreted in terms of the use of perceptual and motor skills  and that, rather than processes operating within a distinct short-term memory  store, it is actually the opportunistic use of these skills that causes  short-term memory phenomena to emerge.

Funding

ESRC/Cardiff School of Psychology