I completed my PhD in 2016 at the University of Sheffield. The title of my thesis was "Improving intention realisation using emotional cues and implementation intentions".
I graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology fom University of Leeds in 2011.
I have previously been employed as a Student Experience Support Tutor (SEST) in the Psychology department at MMU.
My primary research interest concerns how people remember to perform actions in the future, which is known in the literature as 'prospective memory'. This behaviour can be studied both at the cognitive level by looking at factors such as attention and memory, as well as at a social-cognitive level, considering things such as motivation and perceived importance. In particular, I am interested in how emotion interacts with cognition in these situations: for example, could eliciting the feeling of disgust help people to remember to wash their hands? Do emotional cues in the environment help to trigger our memory to do things?
In addition, I have done research into the phenomenon of Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) - a feeling of calmness accompanied by a tingling sensation on the scalp which is commonly triggered by cues such as whispering and close personal attention. Search on Youtube for 'ASMR' to find some videos that are designed to ellicit the feeling.
TJ. Hostler, GL. Poerio, E. Blakey (2019). Still More Than a Feeling: Commentary on Cash et al., "Expectancy Effects in the Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response" and Recommendations for Measurement in Future ASMR Research. Multisens Res. 32(6), pp.521-531.
GL. Poerio, E. Blakey, TJ. Hostler, T. Veltri (2018). More than a feeling: Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) is characterized by reliable changes in affect and physiology. PLoS ONE. 13(6),
TJ. Hostler, C. Wood, CJ. Armitage (2018). The influence of emotional cues on prospective memory: a systematic review with meta-analyses. Cognition and Emotion. 32(8), pp.1578-1596.