Liverpool Skylilne

Natural Sciences and Psychology

Dr Anna Law

Dr Anna Law

Telephone: 0151 904 6227

Biography

My research seeks to understand the cognitive demands of multitasking and media-multitasking in younger and older adults.

Multitasking involves the co-ordination of a number of diverse tasks within a limited period of time. Many everyday domestic situations require multitasking, such as cooking and shopping, and it is also essential in many jobs. Computers and smart phones have created additional opportunities for people to multitask, often for leisure or social reasons. One strand of my research investigates the cognitive demands of multitasking, including the contributions of working memory, prospective memory and spatial planning. I am also interested in factors that may impair the ability to multitask, such as cognitive ageing, autistic spectrum disorders or chronic pain. Another strand of my research focusses on the media-multitasking behaviour of students, and how this relates to academic performance and individual differences.

I am module leader for Psychology in Application 1 (Level 4) and Face Processing: Processes and Disorders (Level 6).

I also teach on:
Psychology in Application 2 (Level 5)
The Psychology of Abnormal Behavoiur (Level 5)
Biological, Cognitive & Developmental Psychology (Level 5)
Psychology Dissertation (Level 6)

I am one of the Deputy Chairs of the university Research Ethics Committee. I also co-ordinate the Psychology Research Participants Panel, and act as our Departmental Liasion for the British Psychological Society.

Degrees

2012, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PG Cert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (Distinction)
2004, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom, PhD in Psychology "Human adult multitasking: Developing and applying a methodology"
2000, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom, M. A. (Hons.) Psychology

Publications

Highlighted publications

Moore DJ, Law A. 2017. The disruptive effects of pain on multitasking in a virtual errands task The Scandinavian Journal of Pain, 16 :29-35 >DOI

Law A, Stock R. Learning approach and its relationship to type of media use and frequency of media multitasking Active Learning in Higher Education, >DOI

Journal article

Moore DJ, Law A. 2017. The disruptive effects of pain on multitasking in a virtual errands task The Scandinavian Journal of Pain, 16 :29-35 >DOI

Stock RS, Law A. 2015. Media use, learning approaches and achievement New Vistas, 1 :40-43

Trawley SL, Law AS, Brown LA, Niven EH, Logie RH. 2014. Prospective memory in a virtual environment: Beneficial effects of cue saliency Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 26 :39-47 >DOI

Cooper RM, Law AS, Langton SRH. 2013. Looking back at the stare-in-the-crowd effect: Staring eyes do not capture attention in visual search Journal of Vision, 13 >DOI

Law AS, Trawley SL, Brown LA, Stephens AN, Logie RH. 2013. The impact of working memory load on task execution and online plan adjustment during multitasking in a virtual environment. Q J Exp Psychol (Hove), 66 :1241-1258 >DOI >Link

Rajendran G, Law A, Logie RH, van der Meulen M, Fraser D, Corley M. 2011. Investigating multitasking in high-functioning adolescents with autism spectrum disorders using the Virtual Errands Task Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 41 :1445-1454 >DOI

Trawley SL, Law AS, Logie RH. 2011. Event-based prospective remembering in a virtual world. Q J Exp Psychol (Hove), 64 :2181-2193 >DOI >Link

Riby LM, Law AS, Mclaughlin J, Murray J. 2011. Preliminary evidence that glucose ingestion facilitates prospective memory performance NUTRITION RESEARCH, 31 :370-377 >DOI >Link

Logie RH, Trawley S, Law A. 2011. Multitasking: multiple, domain-specific cognitive functions in a virtual environment. Mem Cognit, 39 :1561-1574 >DOI >Link

Law AS, Langton SRH, Logie RH. 2010. Assessing the impact of verbal and visuospatial working memory load on eye-gaze cueing VISUAL COGNITION, 18 :1420-1438 >DOI >Link

Logie RH, Law A, Trawley S, Nissan J. 2010. MULTITASKING, WORKING MEMORY AND REMEMBERING INTENTIONS PSYCHOLOGICA BELGICA, 50 :309-326 >DOI >Link

Langton SRH, Law AS, Burton AM, Schweinberger SR. 2008. Attention capture by faces Cognition, 107 :330-342 >DOI

Saito S, Logie RH, Morita A, Law AS. 2008. Visual and phonological similarity effects in verbal immediate serial recall: A test with kanji materials Journal of Memory and Language, 59 :1-17

Law AS, Logie RH, Pearson DG. 2006. The impact of secondary tasks on multi-tasking in a virtual environment. Acta Psychol (Amst), 122 :27-44 >DOI >Link

Law AS, Freer Y, Hunter J, Logie RH, McIntosh N, Quinn J. 2005. A comparison of graphical and textual presentations of time series data to support medical decision making in the neonatal intensive care unit. J Clin Monit Comput, 19 :183-194 >DOI >Link

Law AS, Logie RH, Pearson DG, Cantagallo A, Moretti E, Dimarco F. 2004. Resistance to the impact of interruptions during multitasking by healthy adults and dysexecutive patients. Acta Psychol (Amst), 116 :285-307 >DOI >Link

Law A, Stock R. Learning approach and its relationship to type of media use and frequency of media multitasking Active Learning in Higher Education, >DOI

Conference publication

Law A, Langton S. 2008. Disrupting face biases in visual attention INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY, 43 :321-321 >Link

Law A, Langton S. 2008. The impact of working memory load on eye-gaze cueing INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY, 43 :600-600 >Link

Engagement & Impact

Award:

Multitasking: An experimental study of the complexities of everyday cognition, Leverhulme Trust, http://www.psy.ed.ac.uk/people/strawley/MT/index.html

External committees:

Peer Review College, The Economic and Social Research Council, Member

Fellowships:

Executive control of attention to faces and eye-gaze cueing, Economic and Social Research Council, http://www.esrcsocietytoday.ac.uk/ESRCInfoCentre/ManageAwardPage.aspx?data=v9XrjLJ6xhEJUEqg9wyX5g%3d%3d&xu=16186&isAwardHolder=True&isProfiled=&AwardHolderID=75285&Sector=Academic

Membership of professional bodies:

Graduate Member, British Psychological Society, http://www.bps.org.uk/

Member, Experimental Psychology Society, http://www.eps.ac.uk/