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I am an Associate Professor in the Division of Psychology with interests in individual differences and cognitive development. I gained my PhD from Essex University in 2001 with a thesis entitled 'Individual differences in Strategy Development'. In 2001 I joined UCL as a Postdoctoral Fellow working on a Nuffield Foundation funded project investigating the development of mathematical skills in children with specific learning impairment (SLI). This was followed by an ESRC funded personal fellowship looking at reasoning and SLI. In 2005 I co-edited a book entitled: Methods of thought: Individual differences in reasoning strategies.

PuzzleTalk

The PuzzleTalk project looked at the relationship between thought and language. One of the findings of the NumberTalk study was that eight year-olds with SLI can perform complex reasoning despite massive language processing deficits. The PuzzleTalk study examined the extent to which SLI constrains reasoning processes. This study also offered the chance to look at developmental changes across a language impaired group and their matched controls.

NumberTalk Project

The NumberTalk project addressed the issue of how Specific Language Impairment (SLI) may interfere with mathematical development. It has been suggested that as many as 7% of children in the UK have specific language impairments (SLI). These children experience profound difficulty in communication despite having non-verbal abilities (and learning potential) in the average, or above average, range.

Some studies have suggested that by GCSE level, those with SLI show a poorer performance in mathematics that in English Language. However, GCSE performance reflects the combined ability of the individual to comprehend questions and to perform necessary mathematical computations to provide correct responses. The project used a large sample of 60 Year 3 (aged 8yrs) children identified as having SLI. Also recruited were 60 controls matched for age, gender and non-verbal ability, and 60 controls matched for gender, non-verbal ability and language measures (these children were typically Year 1).

Findings showed that for many tasks, the SLI group's performance was more in line with their language controls. However, we found that the SLI group's grasp of principled understanding was much more in line with their age matched controls. The findings give support to the suggestion that SLI has differing subgroups.

Understanding of ratios

Funding awarded

2003: Reasoning abilities and SLI: The relationship between language and thought. ESRC. Ref: RES-000-27-0058; amount awarded £90,000

March 2008: LSBU AHS TQEF funding for £1490 (with Dr Jamie Smith-Spark)

August 2008: LSBU SPUR grant to attend 6th International Thinking and Reasoning conference, Venice. (£400) Symposium organizer and presenter

2008: LSBU Research Opportunities Fund (ROF). Applying cognitive psychology principles to metro map design (£3,550)

2012: LSBU CRP Research Award: The development of a new methodology to assess alcohol related cognitive impairment. (£3020)

2020: Enhancing student perception of academic integrity, the internalisation of standards and feedback: The BAME student perspective. LSBU BAME Attainment GAP Project (£15020)

Courses taught

Psychology - BSc (Hons)

Psychology (Child Development) - BSc (Hons)

Psychology (Clinical Psychology) - BSc (Hons)

Psychology (Forensic Psychology) - BSc (Hons)

Criminology with Psychology - BSc (Hons)

Psychology - MSc

Psychology with Criminology - BSc (Hons)

Postgraduate Research Supervision
Current
Miss Agata Maria FlisExternal representations in syllogistic reasoning - links to working memoryPhD
Mrs Kristina KerwinImproving Design for Circularity of Electrical and Electronics Equipment (ID4CEEE)PhD
Miss Kiara MehtaDoctoral Research ProjectPhD

Awarded in the last 5 years
Mr Devon Andrew PetrieAlternative Proteins Feeding the World: Inclusion of Cricket Powder in Cereal-Based ProductsPhD
Miss Zaneta MurankoDeveloping a Circular Economy through remanufacturing Refrigerated Display Cabinets: An investigation into the behaviours of stakeholders in the UK Retail Refrigeration SectorPhD
Mrs Bahareh SalehiAnalysis and Comparison of the Thermal Retention Properties of Shading Devices in the Real-World and Dynamic Thermal Models within the UK Built Environment PhD
Mrs Janette Bridget JacobsFactors influencing reasoning strategy use in children and adults with and without dyslexiaPhD
BSc Psychology

University of Essex

1994
1997
PhD

University of Essex

1997
2000

Assessing the performance gap of two dynamic thermal modelling software tools when comparing with real-time data in relation to thermal loss
Salehi, B., Andrews, D., Chaer, I., Gillich, A. and Newton, E. (2023). Assessing the performance gap of two dynamic thermal modelling software tools when comparing with real-time data in relation to thermal loss. Building Services Engineering Research and Technology. pp. 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1177/01436244231153839

Comparison of Real-world Data with Simulated Results to Enhance Building Thermal Retention when using Shading Devices
Salehi, B., Andrews, D., Chaer, I., Newton, E. and Gillich, A. (2022). Comparison of Real-world Data with Simulated Results to Enhance Building Thermal Retention when using Shading Devices . CIBSE Technical Symposium 2022. London South Bank University 21 - 22 Apr 2022

Surprising results from a Post Occupancy Evaluation of the way internal roller blinds impact perceptions of visual discomfort
De Grussa, Z., Andrews, D. and Newton, E. (2022). Surprising results from a Post Occupancy Evaluation of the way internal roller blinds impact perceptions of visual discomfort. CIBSE Technical Symposium 2022.

Design and Engineering Pedagogies as Agents for Disruption, Innovation and Transformation and the Transfer and Application of Reverse Psychology Across the Disciplines
Andrews, D., Newton, E. and Lishman, B. (2022). Design and Engineering Pedagogies as Agents for Disruption, Innovation and Transformation and the Transfer and Application of Reverse Psychology Across the Disciplines. Bohemia, E, Buck, L and Grierson, H (ed.) 24th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE 2022). London 08 - 09 Sep 2022 The Design Society. https://doi.org/10.35199/EPDE.2022.121

A Circular Economy for the Data Centre Industry: Using Design Methods to Address the Challenge of Whole System Sustainability in a Unique Industrial Sector
Andrews, D., Newton, E., Adibi, N., Chenadec, Julie and Bienge, K. (2021). A Circular Economy for the Data Centre Industry: Using Design Methods to Address the Challenge of Whole System Sustainability in a Unique Industrial Sector. Sustainability. 13 (11), p. e6319. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13116319

Children's verbal, visual and spatial processing and short-term storage abilities: An analysis of verbal comprehension, reading, counting and mathematics
Gordon, R., Smith-Spark, J. H., Newton, E. J. and Henry, L. A. (2021). Children's verbal, visual and spatial processing and short-term storage abilities: An analysis of verbal comprehension, reading, counting and mathematics. Frontiers in Psychology. 12, p. 5671. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.732182

Improving Thermal Energy Performance of UK Built Environment through the Use of Shading Devices
Salehi, B., Andrews, D., Chaer, I., Newton, E. and Gillich, A. (2021). Improving Thermal Energy Performance of UK Built Environment through the Use of Shading Devices. London Doctoral Academy Postgraduate Research Summer School 2021. London South Bank University 05 - 08 Jul 2021 London South Bank University.

Rethinking and Adapting Approaches to Education for Sustainability to Address Cultural and Behavioural Change and Challenges
Andrews, D, Newton, E. and Lishman, B. (2021). Rethinking and Adapting Approaches to Education for Sustainability to Address Cultural and Behavioural Change and Challenges. 23rd International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education. on line / Herning Denmark 09 - 10 Sep 2021

Being bad to do good: using reverse psychology to embed Life Cycle Thinking and knowledge of Sustainable Development Goals in design and engineering curricula
Andrews, D., Lishman, B. and Newton, E. (2020). Being bad to do good: using reverse psychology to embed Life Cycle Thinking and knowledge of Sustainable Development Goals in design and engineering curricula . 2nd International Conference on Life Cycle innovation (LCIC 2020). Online 26 - 28 Aug 2020

Circular economy and behaviour change: Using persuasive communication to encourage pro-circular behaviours towards the purchase of remanufactured refrigeration equipment
Muranko, Z., Andrews, D, Chaer, I and Newton, EJ (2019). Circular economy and behaviour change: Using persuasive communication to encourage pro-circular behaviours towards the purchase of remanufactured refrigeration equipment. Journal of Cleaner Production. 222, pp. 499-510. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.02.219

Working memory and high-level cognition in children: An analysis of timing and accuracy in complex span tasks
Gordon, R., Smith-Spark, J. H., Newton, E. J. and Henry, L. A. (2019). Working memory and high-level cognition in children: An analysis of timing and accuracy in complex span tasks. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. 191, p. 104736. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jecp.2019.104736

Encouraging remanufacturing in the retail refrigeration industry
Muranko, Z, Andrews, D, Chaer, I, Newton, EJ and Proudman, P (2019). Encouraging remanufacturing in the retail refrigeration industry. Energy Procedia. 161, pp. 283-291. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2019.02.093

A London Residential Retrofit Case Study: Evaluating passive mitigation methods of reducing risk to overheating through the use of solar shading combined with night-time ventilation.
De Grussa, Z, Andrews, D, Lowry, G, Newton, EJ, Yiakoumeti, k, Chalk, A and Bush, D (2019). A London Residential Retrofit Case Study: Evaluating passive mitigation methods of reducing risk to overheating through the use of solar shading combined with night-time ventilation. Building Services Engineering Research and Technology. 40 (4), pp. 389-408. https://doi.org/10.1177/0143624419840768

Developing a Circular Economy in the Retail Refrigeration Industry: The Influence of Financial Incentives, Quality Standards and Process Supporting Tools on the Behavioural Intentions to Purchase and Produce Remanufactured Refrigeration Equipment
Muranko, Z, Andrews, D, Chaer, I, Newton, EJ and Proudman, P (2018). Developing a Circular Economy in the Retail Refrigeration Industry: The Influence of Financial Incentives, Quality Standards and Process Supporting Tools on the Behavioural Intentions to Purchase and Produce Remanufactured Refrigeration Equipment. 2nd International Conference on Sustainable Energy and Resource Use in Food Chains (ICSEF 2018). Paphos, Cyprus 17 - 19 Oct 2018

Executive function and academic achievement in primary school children: The use of task-related processing speed
Gordon, R, Smith-Spark, JH, Newton, EJ and Henry, LA (2018). Executive function and academic achievement in primary school children: The use of task-related processing speed. Frontiers in Psychology. 9 (APR). https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00582

The Pro-Circular Change Model (P-CCM)– Proposing A Framework Facilitating Behavioural Change Towards a Circular Economy
Muranko, Z, Andrews, D, Newton, EJ, Chaer, I and Proudman, P (2018). The Pro-Circular Change Model (P-CCM)– Proposing A Framework Facilitating Behavioural Change Towards a Circular Economy. Resources, Conservation and Recycling. 135, pp. 132-140. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.resconrec.2017.12.017

Incentivising pro-circular behaviours: proposing a new enhanced capital allowance scheme for remanufactured products - the case of refrigerated display cabinets in the United Kingdom
Muranko, Z, Andrews, D, Chaer, I, Newton, EJ, Proudman, P and Longhurst, M (2017). Incentivising pro-circular behaviours: proposing a new enhanced capital allowance scheme for remanufactured products - the case of refrigerated display cabinets in the United Kingdom. Energy Procedia. 123, pp. 369-374. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2017.07.271

Pro-circular behaviours and refrigerated display cabinets: supporting resource efficiency in the retail refrigeration sector
Muranko, Z, Andrews, D, Chaer, I, Newton, EJ, Proudman, P and Longhurst, M (2017). Pro-circular behaviours and refrigerated display cabinets: supporting resource efficiency in the retail refrigeration sector. Energy Procedia. 123, pp. 70-75. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2017.07.235

A Literature Review Outlining the Importance of Blinds and Shutters as a Sustainable Asset that has the Potential to enhance the Productivity of Occupants in the UK
De Grussa, Z, Andrews, D, Newton, EJ, Lowry, GD, Chalk, A and Bush, D (2016). A Literature Review Outlining the Importance of Blinds and Shutters as a Sustainable Asset that has the Potential to enhance the Productivity of Occupants in the UK. Going North for Sustainability Doctoral Workshop ARCOM / CHOBE. London South Bank University, London 30 Jun 2016 London South Bank University.

Radi(c)al Departures: Comparing Conventional Octolinear Versus Concentric Circles Schematic Maps for the Berlin U-Bahn/S-Bahn Networks Using Objective and Subjective Measures of Effectiveness
Roberts, MJ, Newton, EJ and Canals, M (2016). Radi(c)al Departures: Comparing Conventional Octolinear Versus Concentric Circles Schematic Maps for the Berlin U-Bahn/S-Bahn Networks Using Objective and Subjective Measures of Effectiveness. Information Design Journal. 22 (2), pp. 92-115. https://doi.org/10.1075/idj.22.2.04rob

DEVELOPING CIRCULAR ECONOMY FOR THE RETAIL REFRIGERATION INDUSTRY: HOW FINANCIAL INCENTIVES COULD INFLUENCE REMANUFACTURiNG OF REFRIGERATED DISPLAY CABINETS IN THE UK
Muranko, Z, Andrews, D, Chaer, I, Newton, EJ, Proudman, P and Longhurst, M (2016). DEVELOPING CIRCULAR ECONOMY FOR THE RETAIL REFRIGERATION INDUSTRY: HOW FINANCIAL INCENTIVES COULD INFLUENCE REMANUFACTURiNG OF REFRIGERATED DISPLAY CABINETS IN THE UK. Sustainable Innovation 2016 21st International Conference ‘Circular Economy’ Innovation & Design. University for the Creative Arts Epsom, Surrey, UK 07 - 08 Nov 2016

Objective versus subjective measures of metro map usability: Investigating the benefits of breaking design rules.
Roberts, M.J., Newton, E.J., Lagattolla, F.D., Hughes, S. and Hasler, M.C. (2013). Objective versus subjective measures of metro map usability: Investigating the benefits of breaking design rules. International Journal of Human Computer Studies. 71, pp. 363-386. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhcs.2012.09.004

Dyslexia and syllogistic reasoning in adults: Differences in strategy usage.
Jacobs, J., Newton, E. and Smith-Spark, J. (2021). Dyslexia and syllogistic reasoning in adults: Differences in strategy usage. Dyslexia. 27 (2), pp. 153-167. https://doi.org/10.1002/dys.1676

Number development and children with Specific Language Impairment.
R, Cowan., C, Donlan., Newton, E. J. and D, Lloyd. (2008). Number development and children with Specific Language Impairment. in: A. Dowker (ed.) Mathematical difficulties: psychology and intervention. Academic Press.

The role of language in mathematical development; Evidence from children with specific language impairments.
Donlan, C., Cowan, R., Newton, E.J. and Lloyd, D. (2007). The role of language in mathematical development; Evidence from children with specific language impairments. Cognition. 103 (1), pp. 23-33. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2006.02.007

Number skills and knowledge in children with specific language impairment.
Cowan, R., Donlan, C., Newton, E.J. and Lloyd, D (2005). Number skills and knowledge in children with specific language impairment. Journal of Educational Psychology. 97, pp. 732-744. https://doi.org/10.1037/0022-0663.97.4.732

Evaluation of the communications aids project.
Wright, J., Clarke, M., Donlan, C., Weatherly, H., Newton, C., Cherguit, J. and Newton, E.J. (2004). Evaluation of the communications aids project. University College London.

Individual differences transcend the rationality debate
Newton, E.J. and Roberts, M.J. (2003). Individual differences transcend the rationality debate. Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 26, pp. 530-531. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X03230119

Inspection times, the change task, and the rapid-response selection task.
Roberts, M.J. and Newton, E.J. (2001). Inspection times, the change task, and the rapid-response selection task. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. 54A, pp. 1031-1048. https://doi.org/10.1080/02724980143000082

Understanding strategy selection
Roberts, M.J. and Newton, E.J. (2001). Understanding strategy selection. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies. 54 (1), pp. 137-154. https://doi.org/10.1006/ijhc.2000.0434

An experimental study of strategy development.
Newton, E.J. and Roberts, M.J. (2000). An experimental study of strategy development. Memory & Cognition. 28 (4), pp. 565-573. https://doi.org/10.3758/BF03201247