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Dr Gemma Briggs

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Senior Lecturer in Psychology
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Psychology
  • Psychology
  • gemma.briggs

Professional biography


DPhil in Applied Cognitive psychology (University of Sussex)
BA (Hons) in Applied Psychology (University of Susssex)

Professional affiliations

British Psychological Society (BPS)
Society of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (SARMAC)

I joined the OU in 2007, after completing my PhD at the University of Sussex.

Research interests

I am an applied cognitive psychologist and my research interests revolve around the practical applications of psychological theory. I am particularly interested in how attention and perception can be affected when dual tasking (for example whilst driving a car and talking on the phone) as well as the effect this has on an individual’s eye movements. My work also crosses into forensic psychology as I’m interested in perceptual factors when witnessing crimes, with a particular focus on eye movements, weapon focus, inattention- and change blindness.

I am a member of the Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC) and part of the centre's Forensic Cognition Research Group where I work closely with Prof Graham Pike, Dr Nicola Brace, Dr Hayley NessDr Jim TurnerDr Catriona HarvardDr Virginia Harrison, Dr. Martin Thirkettle , Dr. Zoe Walkington and Dr Helen Kaye.

Teaching interests

I am currently the Qualification Director for BSc Forensic Psychology (Q82) I am also co-chair for presentation of Investigating psychology 2 (DE200) which had its first presentation in 2015.

Since joining the University I have also been involved in production on the following modules:

  • Investigating psychology 2 (DE200) 
  • Forensic psychology: crime, offenders and policing (D872)
  • Forensic psychology: witnesses, experts and evidence on trial (D873)
  • Applying psychology (DSE232).

I have also worked on presentation in the following modules:

  • Cognitive psychology (DD303) – ALE Chair
  • Exploring psychology (DSE212)
  • Exploring psychology: online project (DZX222)
  • Research methods dissertation in social sciences (D845)

And have been Qualification director for:

  • MSc in Forensic Psychology and Criminology (F49)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Forensic Psychological Studies (E34)

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Applied Cognitive Psychology Research GroupGroupFaculty of Social Sciences

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