B.A. (1st hons Psychology: medal), Ph.D. (Psychology) (University of Queensland), C. Psychol.
Emeritus Professor (of Psychology, Co-convenor of CRACKLE
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Department of Natural and Social Sciences, Francis Close Hall, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 4AZ, U.K.
Di Catherwood is Emeritus Professor at the university. She began her research-teaching career in Psychology at the University of Queensland before moving to Queensland University of Technology where she was Director of the Centre for Applied Studies in Early Childhood and foundation Vice-President of the Australasian Human Development Association. She moved to UK to a Senior Lectureship-Research Fellow post and then to the University of Gloucestershire where she became Reader then Professor of Psychology. Her research interests have broadly focused on how the brain handles the flow of information from the visual environment. She studied this issue over many years in regard to the infant brain, but more recently has studied adult response to visual information. With CRACKLE colleagues, she has investigated adult decision-making under conditions of uncertainty in both laboratory conditions using dense-array EEG technology to map brain activity as well as in applied natural situations. Her recent research involves a collaborative Erasmus Plus-funded project (FireMind) with CRACKLE colleagues Graham Edgar, Geoff Sallis, Steven Baker, Dave Brookes and Fire and Rescue services in UK, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands and Poland concerned with fireground decision-making and situation awareness. This research with the Fire and Rescue Services was awarded two research prizes as well as an Emerald Publishing Literati award. Di’s research has also been funded by grants from ESRC, British Academy, Wellcome Trust, as well as a MoD Competition of Ideas grant with Graham Edgar and Chris Alford. Her consultancies have included work on a children’s television programme as well as assessments of adult driving behaviour. As Emeritus Professor, Di continues to support the work of CRACKLE and has an ongoing interest in how the human brain represents and encodes the sensory universe – in this galaxy and beyond!
Sample of publications for CRACKLE (since 2008)
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, 56(8):1428-52.
Sallis, G., Catherwood, D., Edgar, G., Medley, A., & Brookes, D. (in press). Scoping the fireground: Assessing the range of information used by FRS personnel in fireground training exercises: Do firefighters always know what they don’t know? Fire.
Brailsford, R., Catherwood, D., Edgar, G., & Tyson, P. (2014). Noticing spiders on the left: attentional bias and spider fear in the inattentional blindness paradigm. Laterality. 19 (2), 201-218.
Sallis, G., Catherwood, D., Edgar, G., Brookes, D., Medley, A. (2013). The human brain: trustworthy fire-fighting equipment? International Fire Professional, 5, 21-24.
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. (Emerald Publishing Literati Award)
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. World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, 71, 1946-1949
Catherwood, D., Sallis, G., Edgar, G., & Medley, A. (2011). Scoping and Bias in the Fireground: A new approach to understanding fireground “situation awareness”. Fire, January, 27-29
Catherwood, D. (2011). Prenatal development and Infancy. In R. Gillibrand, et al. (eds.) Developmental Psychology. London: Pearson.
Edgar, G., Catherwood, D., Alford, C., Nikolla, Edgar, H., Brookes, D. (2011). Brain activity linked to the filtering of visual information under uncertain conditions. Neuroscience Letters, 500, e43
Franklin, A., Catherwood, D., James Alvarez, J., & Axelsson, A. (2010). Hemispheric asymmetries in categorical perception of orientation. Neuropsychologia. 48, 2648-2657
Edgar, G., Catherwood, D., & Melhuish, J. (2009). Perceiving the past: situation awareness is influenced by old information when workload is high. Perception, 38, 8.
Sample of conference presentations for CRACKLE (since 2008)
Catherwood, D., Edgar, G., Baker, S., Alford, C., Nikolla, D. (2014) Mapping Brain Response during Loss of Situation Awareness . 28th International Conference of Applied Psychology, Paris.
Edgar, G., Catherwood, D., Sallis, G., & Brookes, D. (July, 2014). Mismatched actual and perceived situation awareness (SA) across different situations. 28th International Conference of Applied Psychology, Paris.
Sallis, G., Edgar, G., Catherwood, D., Medley, A. (2014). Scoping” the Fireground: assessing the range of information used by FRS personnel in fireground training exercises. Annual Conference Fire-related Research and Development, Moreton-in-Marsh Fire College.
Catherwood, D. (2014) The impact of neuroscience on understanding the individual and diverse developmental needs of children. Partnership Conference on Developmental Needs, University of Gloucestershire.
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 of Cognitive Neuroscience Annual Conference, University of Nottingham
Edgar, G., Catherwood, D., & Sallis, G. (2012). Assessing the relationship between perceived and actual SA. 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 Fire-related Research and Development, Moreton-in-Marsh Fire College. (GORE/FIRE PRIZE AWARD FOR RESEARCH EXCELLENCE)
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. XXXIIIInternational Conference on Applied Psychology and Behavioural Sciences, Paris.
Edgar, G., Catherwood, D., Alford, C., Nikolla, Edgar, H., Brookes, D. (2011). Brain activity linked to the filtering of visual information under uncertain conditions. Society for Applied Neuroscience Conference, Thessaloniki, Greece.
Davis, S., Edgar, G., Catherwood, D. and 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
Edgar, G., Catherwood, D., Nikolla, D., Chris Alford, C., et al (2010). Situation awareness, information use, and EEG. It’s not what you have, it’s what you do with it. British Association Cognitive Neuroscience Conference, University West England, Bristol.
Catherwood, D., Edgar, G., Sallis, G., & Medley, A. (2010). Scoping the Fireground. 27th International Congress Applied Psychology, Melbourne, Australia
Catherwood, D., Franklin, A., Axelson, E., & Alvarez, J. ( 2009). Assessing Orientation Categorisation in the Left and Right Hemispheres of the Infant Brain. 4th International Conference on Spatial Cognition.University of Rome.
Edgar, G., Catherwood, D., Edgar, H., Nikolla, D., Alford, C., & Brookes, D. (2008) Use it or lose it: Selection of information in Decision-making. 6th International Conference on Thinking, Venice International University, Italy.