I am a Postdoctoral Research Assistant working on the evaluations of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Employment Advisor/ Senior Employment Advisor Training courses. I recently completed my PhD in Experimental Psychology, for which a project overview is provided below.
Media-multitasking is the concurrent consumption of media through multiple streams .It is a behaviour that is most widespread amongst young adults and has been associated with biases in cognitive processes known as executive functions. The initial aim of the project was to determine the relationship between self-reported frequency of media-multitasking and executive functions. This first study has been completed and the following results were found. There were no relationships between self-report media-multitasking and individuals executive function ability. However, individuals’ trait anxiety was associated with frequency of self-reported media-multitasking, with increased frequency associated with higher levels of anxiety. The second aim of the project will examine which executive functions are the best predictors of media-multitasking performance measured in the lab. The second aim of the project is currently ongoing. Finally, the latter stage of the project aims to test (using an experimental approach) whether prolonged media-multitasking fatigues executive functions (relative to serial engagement with different media). The overall findings from this project will elucidate the cognitive processes involved in media-multitasking, furthering our theoretical understanding.
I plan to continue my career in academia with aspirations to eventually become a university lecturer in cognitive psychology.
2019, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PhD
2015, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, Health Psychology M.Sc
2011, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, Applied Psychology B.Sc (hons)
Seddon A, Rea K, Evans J, Smith G. 2019. Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Employment Advisor Training: Evaluation of a new online learning course for Employment Advisors, piloted on Senior Employment Advisors
Seddon AL, Law AS, Adams AM, Simmons FR. 2018. Exploring the relationship between executive functions and self-reported media-multitasking in young adults Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 30 :728-742 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url
Jochems SP, Piddock K, Rylance J, Adler H, Carniel BF, Collins A, Gritzfeld JF, Hancock C, Hill H, Reiné J, Seddon A, Solórzano C, Sunny S, Trimble A, Wright AD, Zaidi S, Gordon SB, Ferreira DM. Novel Analysis of Immune Cells from Nasal Microbiopsy Demonstrates Reliable, Reproducible Data for Immune Populations, and Superior Cytokine Detection Compared to Nasal Wash PLOS ONE, 12 :e0169805-e0169805 DOI
Seddon A. Media Multitasking and Executive Functioning in Young Adults Law A, Adams AM, Simmons F. Public Url
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Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 2016
Membership of professional bodies:
Chartered Psychologist, British Psychological Society. 2013