Alexander Reid
Associate Lecturer

Profile

Biography

  • Undergraduate degree, BSc in Psychology, the University of Stirling (Scotland), 2003-2007. This course included a year-long study visit to the University of Toronto (Canada), 2006.
  • Masters degree, MSc in Evolutionary Psychology, the University of Liverpool (England), 2008-2009.
  • PhD in psychology, Thesis titled: the influence of prior knowledge on memory consolidation, the University of York (England), 2010-2014.

Career

  • Teaching Fellow, the department of Education, University of York (2014-2015).
  • Post-doctoral Researcher, Psychology Department, Swansea University (2015-2016). 

University roles

Head welfare tutor, Alcuin College, the University of York (2010-2012).

Research

Overview

Sleep, dreaming and memory consolidation

Projects

Although my role here in York is presently teaching focussed my previous research broadly relates to how sleep can influence the mind. This includes the role sleep has in consolidating memories, such as the integration of new information with pre-existing memory, children’s vocabulary acquisition, and the promotion of emotional memories. I have also recently been part of a research team investigating the so-called ‘dream-lag’ effect, a phenomenon where daily events re-emerge in dream reports 5-7 days after they have occurred.

Research group(s)

  • Sleep Language and Memory Lab (York),
  • Swansea University Sleep Lab (SUSL).

Grants

  • The John Lennon Memorial Scholarship (The University of Liverpool)
  • The George Butterworth Prize for Academic Attainment (The University of Stirling)

Collaborators

  • Prof. Gareth Gaskell (The University of York).
  • Prof. Mark Blagrove (Swansea University).
  • Dr. Faye Smith (Newcastle University).
  • Dr. Lisa Henderson (The University of York).
  • Dr. Elaine van Rijn (Duke-NUS).
  • Dr. Josie Malinowski (University of East London).
  • Dr. Meesha Warmington (University of Sheffield).
  • Dr. Anna Weighall (University of Leeds).
  • Dr. Chris Edwards (Swansea University).

Teaching

Undergraduate

  • 2nd year Miniprojects
  • Study Skills (Year 2)
  • Transferable Skills (Year 3, MSc).
  • Brain and Behaviour (Year 2).

Contact details

Dr Alexander Reid
Associate Lecturer
Department of Psychology
Room PS/A005

Tel: 01904 323169