Dr Tina Seabrooke is a cognitive and experimental psychologist at the University of Southampton. Her research focuses on episodic memory and associative learning in humans. Within these areas, she is interested in research into both basic mechanisms and applications.
Aside from research, she teaches several modules on the Psychology undergraduate programme, including Learning to Learn (1st year), Research Methods (1st year), and Developmental Psychology (2nd year). She also gives guest lectures to the medical students on learning, memory, and cognitive decline. She supervises final year undergraduate project students, MSc students, research assistants, and doctoral students. Finally, she is a member of the Psychology undergraduate student support team and serves as a Psychology ethics reviewer.
- Episodic memory
- Associative learning
Episodic memory: One strand of my research focuses on identifying study techniques that boost long-term memory, and understanding why they are effective. It is well-established that tests are not only useful for establishing what students have learnt at the end of a module -- tests are also potent learning events. In recent years, I have focused particularly on the effects on unsuccessful tests (errors) on different types of episodic memory (e.g., item recognition, cued recall, source memory).
Associative learning: Another strand of my research focuses on understanding the ways in which reward-associated cues can bias behaviour, with a focus on Pavlovian-instrumental interactions. Most of my research in this area has sought to test whether such interactions are driven by a goal-directed or a comparatively automatic mechanism.