My research focuses on changes in people’s thinking skills as they age, and specifically opportunities to improve those skills through lifestyle changes. My current research project examines the effects of sustained engagement in a new activity. Previous studies have shown that taking part in an activity that is completely new to the person, for example, digital photography, quilting, or learning to use a tablet computer, can improve thinking skills in older age. My research aims to add to that by looking at whether taking part in a second (different) new activity can further benefit older adults’ thinking skills.

Primary affiliationCentre for Applied Behavioural Sciences,
Department of Psychology,
School of Social Sciences,
Heriot-Watt University
Research profile
SupervisorsProfessor Alan J Gow, Heriot-Watt University
Dr Lauren Potter, Heriot-Watt University
Professor Adele Dickson, Heriot-Watt University
FundingSchool of Social Sciences (Heriot-Watt University) PhD Scholarship