Projects per year
My research is focused on understanding human memory and attention, and how these cognitive processes are affected by adult ageing, emotion (especially anxiety), and lifestyle factors (such as cognitive engagement).
I gained my PhD in cognitive ageing at Glasgow Caledonian University in 2007. I then worked as a postdoctoral fellow, first at Glasgow Caledonian and then at The University of Edinburgh, where I worked on European Research Council and Leverhulme Trust-funded research projects. Prior to joining Strathclyde, I was a Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University (2011-2014). Some of my research on cognitive ageing has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.
I am Director of the Strathclyde Ageing Network, comprising Strathclyde's multidisciplinary ageing-related researchers and related professionals, including the Centre for Lifelong Learning.
I am a Fellow of the Psychonomic Society and the Higher Education Academy, and a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society.
I am interested in cognitive ability in young and older adults. My research focuses upon understanding short-term ("working") memory and attention mechanisms, with an emphasis on processing and retaining visual information. A current area of focus is upon the ability to associate ("bind") visual information in working memory, and the ways in which this may be affected by ageing. Some of my research in this area has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. I am also interested in how young and older adults can maintain and even improve their cognitive functioning, for example by using cognitive strategies or by considering lifestyle factors such as level of cognitive engagement, nutrition, or exercise.
My teaching is focused in cognition and the psychology of ageing. I am the class leader of the honours topic "psychology and ageing", and I teach in this area in the level 3 Development class. I also supervise undergraduate, masters, and PhD level research.
Expertise & Capabilities
- human memory and attention
- visual and spatial short-term ("working") memory
- cognitive ageing
- lifestyle effects on cognition
Doctor of Philosophy, Glasgow Caledonian University
Master of Science, University of Stirling
Bachelor of Arts, University of Strathclyde
- Cognitive Ageing
Guest, D., Howard, C. & Brown Nicholls, L.
1/04/12 → 31/08/12
Project: Projects from Previous Employment › Research
Research Output per year
Research output: Contribution to specialist publication › Article
Research output: Contribution to journal › Review article
Louise Brown Nicholls (Recipient), Jan 2011
Prize: Election to learned society
Activities per year
Activity: Other activity types › Types of Public engagement and outreach - To be assigned
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Participation in conference