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Mr David Galbraith 


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Mr David Galbraith is Lecturer within Southampton Education School at the University of Southampton.

David joined the Education School from Staffordshire University in January 2012. He is currently programme leader for the MSc Ed SpLD (Dyslexia) and Assistant Director of the BSc Education programmes with special responsibility for the BSc Education and Psychology. He is a psychologist by training and teaches cognitive psychology, research methods and the psychology of literacy on undergraduate, masters and postgraduate programmes.

His main research interests are in the psychology of writing and the development of understanding through writing. This involves basic research into the cognitive and social processes involved in writing, and is focussed on the development of a dual process model of writing. Insights from this model are applied to research into the teaching of writing; the use of writing as a tool for learning, particularly in science learning; the effects of dyslexia on writing; and the therapeutic effects of expressive writing. He collaborates with colleagues at the universities of Groningen, Antwerp, Poitiers, Amsterdam, Porto and Lund.

David is currently a member of the steering committee for the International Society for the Advancement of Writing Research and is past coordinator of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction's (EARLI) SIG writing. He currently manages the EARLI SIG Writing listserv, and is a member of the management committee for the European Literacy Network (COST Action IS1401).

David is Associate Editor of the open-access Journal of Writing Research, a member of the editorial boards for the Journal of Educational Psychology, Learning and Instruction and Educational Research Review, and a member of the editorial board for the Studies in Writing book series. He regularly reviews papers for a range of other journals.

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Book Chapters


  • Baaijen, V., Galbraith, D., & de Glopper, K. (2010). Writing: the process of discovery. In Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science (pp. 1774-1779). Wheat Ridge, US: Cognitive Science Society.
  • Galbraith, D., Hallam, J., Olive, T., & Le Bigot, N. (2009). The role of different components of working memory in writing. In Proceedings of the Thirty-First Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 3028-3033). Wheat Ridge, US: Cognitive Science Society.
  • Galbraith, D., Torrance, M., & Hallam, J. (2006). Effects of writing on conceptual coherence. In Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1340-1345). Wheat Ridge, US: Cognitive Science Society.
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