Dr Graham Edgar

BSc. (York), Ph.D. (Keele), PGCFHE

Reader in Psychology, Co-convenor of CRACKLE

gedgar@glos.ac.uk
+44 (0)1242 714807
Department of Natural and Social Sciences, Francis Close Hall, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 4AZ, U.K.

 

Graham Edgar joined the University of Gloucestershire in 2002, having previously been a Principal scientist at BAE Systems’ Sowerby Advanced Technology Centre.  Graham’s current research centres around the modeling and measurement of situation awareness (SA), underpinned by neuroscience.  Graham, along with others of the CRACKLE, are developing a new method of measuring SA (Quantitative Analysis of Situation Awareness – QASA).   He has been successful, with CRACKLE colleagues, in securing funding for this CRACKLE research, notably a grant of £247,000 from the MoD’s ‘Competition of Ideas’  to explore brain activity linked to losing situation awareness (as in “friendly fire” incidents), and this allowed the establishment of a 128-channel dense-array EEG laboratory that is now heavily used within the CRACKLE.  More recently, Graham was involved in securing a large Erasmus Plus grant for a project on fireground situation awareness and decision-making in collaboration with Fire and Rescue Services in Gloucestershire, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands and Poland.

Other research projects that Graham is involved with within the CRACKLE, include decision-making in obstetrics, SA in fireground situations, forensic neuroscience, the neuroscience of emotional intelligence, the neuroscience of creativity, and new methods of student assessment. Graham has previously conducted research on perception in Multiple Sclerosis, models of motion perception, and visual accommodation responses to advanced displays. Graham has also been involved in consultancy work on psychological issues with driving, and acts as an expert witness. Graham regularly publishes in scholarly journals and has written material for undergraduate textbooks at all levels.

 

Outputs (2010 onward)

 

Catherwood, D., Edgar, G. K., Nikolla, D., Alford, C., Brookes, D., Baker, S., & White, S. (2014). Mapping brain activity during loss of situation awareness: an EEG investigation of a basis for top-down influence on perception. Human Factors, 58(8), 1428-1452.

Sallis, G., Catherwood, D., Edgar, G. K., Brookes, D., & Medley, A. (2013). The human brain in fireground decision-making: trustworthy firefighting equipment? International Fire Professional (5), 21-24.Winner of the Fire/Gore Research Excellence Award (best paper) at the Annual Conference on Fire-related Research and Development (2012), Moreton-in-Marsh Fire College. 

Brailsford, R., Catherwood, D., Tyson, P. & Edgar, G. K. (2013). Noticing spiders on the left: evidence on attentional bias and spider fear in the inattentional blindness paradigm. Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition, 19(2), 201-218.

Catherwood, D., Edgar, G. K., Sallis, G., & Medley, A. & Brookes, D. (2012) Fire Alarm or False Alarm?! Decision-making “Bias” of Firefighters in Training Exercises. International Journal Emergency Services, 1 (2), 135-158. Outstanding Paper Award Winner at the Emerald Literati Network 2013 Awards for Excellence.

Edgar, G. K., Edgar, H. E., & Pike, G. (2014). Perception. In D. Groome (Ed.), An Introduction to Cognitive Psychology (3rd ed.). London, UK:  Psychology Press.

Pike, G., Edgar, G. K. & Edgar, H. E. (2012). Perception. In N. Braisby & A. Gellatly (Eds.), Cognitive Psychology 2nd ed. (pp. 65-99). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Catherwood, D., Sallis, G., Edgar, G. K., & Medley, A. (2011). Understanding fireground ‘situation awareness’. Fire, 103 (1333), 27-29.

Edgar, H. and Edgar, G. K. (2010). Paying attention. In Discovering Psychology. N. Brace and J. Byford. Milton Keynes, The Open University: 321-359.

 

Conference presentations

 

Catherwood, D., Edgar, G. K., Alford, C., & Nikolla, D. (2011). Brain activity linked to the filtering of visual information under uncertain conditions. Neuroscience Letters, 500 (Supplement), e43.

Davis, S., Edgar, G. K., Strachan, B., Bahl, R., & Catherwood, D. (2015). Loss of Situation Awareness Linked to Interruptions during Cardiotocograph Monitoring in a Day Assessment Unit.  British Maternal and Fetal Medicine Society 17th Annual Conference, QE11 Conference Centre, London.

Davis, S., Edgar, G. K., Strachan, B., Bahl, R., & Catherwood, D. (2015). Cardiotocograph Training: Mind the Gap!!  British Maternal and Fetal Medicine Society 17th Annual Conference, QE11 Conference Centre,London.

Sallis, G., Edgar, G. K., Catherwood, D., Brookes, D. & Medley, A. (2014) Developing FireMind – a tool for measuring and improving firefighter situation awareness on the fireground.  Annual Conference on Fire-related Research and Development, Moreton-in-Marsh Fire College, UK. 

Edgar, G. K., Catherwood, D., Sallis, G. & Brookes, D. (2014).  Mismatched actual and perceived situation awareness (SA) across different situations.  International Conference of Applied Psychology (ICAP), Paris, France.

Catherwood, D., Edgar, G. K., Baker, S., Alford, C., Nikolla, D., (2014). Mapping Brain response during loss of situation awareness.  International Conference of Applied Psychology (ICAP), Paris, France.

Baker, S., Catherwood, D., Edgar, G. & Rees, K. (2013). I have a bad feeling about this: using subliminally presented emotionally salient information to guide conscious decision-making. British Association for Cognitive Neuroscience Conference, Nottingham, UK.  

Edgar, G., Catherwood, D., Sallis, G., Brookes, D., & Medley, A. (2012). “I always know what’s going on.” Assessing the Relationship between Perceived and Actual Situation Awareness across Different Scenarios. XXXIII International Conference on Applied Psychology and Behavioural Sciences, Paris.

Rousell, M., Catherwood, D., & Edgar, G. (2012) An EEG  case study of arıthmetıcal  reasonıng by four ındıvıduals varyıng ın ımagery and mathematıcal abılıty: ımplıcatıons for mathematıcs educatıon. XXXIII International Conference on Applied Psychology and Behavioural Sciences, Paris.

Sallis, G., Catherwood, D., Edgar, G., Medley, A., & Brookes, D. (2012). How FRS personnel “scope” information in a Factory-Fire Tabletop Exercise. Annual Conference on Fire-related Research and Development, Moreton-in-Marsh Fire College, UK. (Winner of Fire-Gore Research Excellence Award). 

Edgar G. K., Catherwood D., Sallis G., Edgar H. & Medley A. (2011) What do V-signs do to drivers?Annual Conference on Fire-Related Research and Developments 2011 (RE11), The Fire Service College, Moreton-in-Marsh, England. (Winner of Fire-Gore Research Excellence Award).

Catherwood D., Sallis G., Edgar G. K., Medley A. & Brookes D. (2011) The effect of ‘scoping’ on Fireground Situation Awareness in Tabletop Training Exercises. Annual Conference on Fire-Related Research and Developments 2011 (RE11), The Fire Service College, Moreton-in-Marsh, England.

Davis S.C., Edgar G. K., Catherwood D. & Strachan B. (2011) Heartbeats, why do I miss what you try to say to me? Foetal monitoring and decision making around the use of Cardiotocographs (CTGs). Judgment and Decision-Making Society, Seattle, USA.

Davis S.C., Edgar G. K., Catherwood D. & Strachan, B. (2011) Heartbeats, why do I miss what you try to say to me? Foetal monitoring and decision making around the use of Cardiotocographs in a Day Assessment Unit. Diagnostic Error in Medicine Conference, Chicago, USA.

Davis S.C., Edgar G. K., Catherwood D. & Strachan B. (2011) Heartbeats, why do I miss what you try to say to me? Pattern recognition and decision processes in foetal monitoring. Diagnostic Error in Medicine Conference, Chicago, USA. 

Edgar G.K., Catherwood D., Nikolla, D., Alford C., Edgar H., Martin S., Robertson E., Robertson S. & Whelan A. (2011) Brain activity linked to the filtering of visual information under uncertain conditions. Society for Applied Neuroscience Conference, Thessaloniki, Greece. 

Edgar G.K., Catherwood D., Nikolla, D., Alford C., Edgar H., Martin S., Robertson E., Robertson S. & Whelan A. (2010) Situation awareness, information use, and EEG.  British Association of Cognitive Neuroscience, Bristol, UK.

Edgar G.K., Catherwood D., Edgar H. E., Martin S., Nikolla D., Alford C. & Whelan A. (2010) Situation awareness, information use, and uncertainty.  It’s not what you have, it’s what you do with it…International Conference on Applied Psychology, Melbourne, Australia.

Catherwood D., Edgar G.K., Sallis G. & Medley A.  (2010) Scoping the Fireground: the range and bias of information-use in decision-making in simulated fireground exercises.  International Conference on Applied Psychology, Melbourne, Australia.

Catherwood D., Sallis G., Edgar G. K., Medley A.(2010) “Scoping” the Fireground: assessing the range of information used by FRS personnel in fireground training exercises. Annual Conference on Fire-Related Research and Developments 2010 (RE10), The Fire Service College, Moreton-in-Marsh, England.

Catherwood D., Edgar G. K., Grover R. & Nikolla D.  (2010) Using a novel method of measuring knowledge acquisition and bias to evaluate the effectiveness of active learning.  International Conference on Applied Psychology, Melbourne, Australia.