Before joining the Centre for Science, Knowledge and Belief in Society in August 2016, Emma worked at the University of Worcester in various capacities including as a senior research assistant, research assistant, sessional lecturer and lecturer in Developmental Psychology. She also worked at the University of Birmingham as an instructor in Psychology and administrator. Emma’s PhD thesis – "The loci of age-of-acquisition and word frequency effects: Evidence from contemporary experimental paradigms and eye-tracking" – was awarded in December 2015 and investigated how the age at which information is acquired influences how quickly and accurately this material is processed in adulthood.
As part of the multidisciplinary team for Science and Religion: Exploring the Spectrum, Emma is currently surveying public perceptions of the relationship between evolutionary science and religion. She is particularly interested in whether individuals from all faiths – and none – perceive degrees of conflict and/or compatibility between evolutionary science and religion.
Emma is not teaching in her current capacity. However, Emma has extensive experience of teaching quantitative research methods, developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, biological psychology and educational psychology. Emma has also previously acted as module leader for several undergraduate and postgraduate modules in Psychology at the University of Worcester.
Dr E Preece