Lindsey Carruthers

lindsey carruthers

Dr Lindsey Carruthers PhD, FHEA, BSc (Hons)

Lecturer

Biography

I am a full time Lecturer in the Psychology group. I have keen interests in the fields of creativity, incubation, problem solving, decision making, as well as in cognition and attention generally.

I am a founding member of the UK Creativity Researchers group, and regularly organise events and conferences in collaboration with Dr Gillian Hill (University of Buckingham) and Dr Shelly Kemp (University of Liverpool).

Research Groups

Research Areas

Esteem

Conference Organising Activity

  • Murray, J., Nedel Duarte, L., Carruthers, L., Chouliara, Z., Thomson, M. E., & McClatchey, K. (2017). Keeping focus: Using eye-tracking to identify decisional-style and risk cues used in suicide risk assessment. Paper presented at International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services Conference. Split, Croatia, June 13-15.
  • Founder of UK Creativity Researchers and Conference Organiser
  • Carruthers, L., MacLean, R., Campbell, S., Lingg, V., MacNair, L., & Menzies, F. (2017, May). Optimising the Unusual Uses Task. Presented at Psychology of Creativity, Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • Carruthers, L., MacLean, R., & Willis, A. (2017, March). Creativity and Attention: Differences between those with and without Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, an Eye-Tracking Investigation. Oral presentation at ICPS Conference, Vienna, Austria.
  • Carruthers, L., MacLean, R., & Willis, A. (2017, August). An eye-tracking study of the allocation of visual attention during creativity tasks, and the differences between those with and without ADHD. Oral presentation at BPS Cognitive Section Annual Conference, Newcastle, UK.
  • Carruthers, L., MacLean, R., & Willis, A. (2016, September). Creativity and Attention: Differences between those with and without Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Oral presentation at 2nd MIC Conference, Bologna, Italy.
  • Carruthers, L., MacLean, R., & Willis, A. (2016, September). Give it a rest: A short distraction from a creative problem solving task can increase the proportion of flexible and original responses. Oral presentation at BPS Cognitive Section Annual Conference, Barcelona.
  • Carruthers, L., Willis, A., & MacLean, R. (2015, May). The relationship between attentional control, incubation, and creative problem solving. Poster presentation at British Psychological Society Annual Conference, Liverpool.
  • Carruthers, L. (2014, April). Individual differences in attentional control and the effectiveness of incubation on creative problem solving. Oral presentation at Edinburgh Napier University Postgraduate Research Conference, Edinburgh.
  • Ness, H. & Carruthers, L. (2014, September). Understanding facial composite construction. Oral Presentation at 31st BPS Cognitive Psychology Section Annual Conference, Nottingham.
  • Turner, P., Turner, S., & Carruthers, L. (2014, September). It’s not interaction, it’s make believe. Oral Presentation at European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics, Vienna, Austria.
  • Carruthers, L., Willis, A., & MacLean, R. (2013, June). The relationship between attention and creativity in a cross-section of British adults. Poster presentation at 4th World Congress on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Milan, Italy.
  • Carruthers, L., Willis, A., & MacLean, R. (2012, May). Which specific attentional processes are related to creativity? A focus on divergent thinking, the construction of a creative product, and past creative achievement. Oral presentation at Edinburgh Napier University Postgraduate Conference.
  • Invited chairperson (March 2014). Cognitive psychology section, BPS Undergraduate Student Conference, Edinburgh.

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Conference Travel and Accommodation Grant
  • Higher Education Academy Fellowship
  • Edinburgh Napier University Researcher Development Grant

 

Invited Speaker

  • Panel Member: How to succeed pre- and post-viva
  • Carruthers, L. (2016, November). Creativity and Attention. Invited guest speaker at University of Buckingham.
  • Midlothian Science Festival High School Presentations
  • Studying Psychology at University, presentation at Liberton High School
  • Carruthers, L. (2014, June). The relationship between attention and creativity: A comparison of those with and without Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Invited oral presentation at Association of Technical Staff in Psychology Annual Conference, Edinburgh.

 

Media Activity

  • Open University Cognitive Psychology Film
  • BBC Contact for ADHD Documentary
  • Research Press Release
  • Manage the Psychology Group Blog

 

Public Engagement Activity

  • Introduction to Psychology at University: Summer Workshops for High School Pupils

 

Reviewing

  • Reviewer for Journal of Creative Behaviour
  • Reviewer for European Journal of Psychology

 

Date


8 results

Editorial: Creativity in Pathological Brain Conditions Across the Lifespan

Journal Article
Colombo, B., Cancer, A., Carruthers, L., & Antonietti, A. (2022)
Editorial: Creativity in Pathological Brain Conditions Across the Lifespan. Frontiers in Psychology, 13, Article 932399. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2022.932399
Abstract not available.

Bilingualism: The foreign language effect does not extend to rational decision making

Journal Article
Curley, L., Carruthers, L., & Piotrowska, B. (2020)
Bilingualism: The foreign language effect does not extend to rational decision making. Journal of Articles in Support of the Null Hypothesis, 17(1),
This research investigated if the foreign language effect extended to rationality. Four groups (English speaking monolingual group; Polish speaking monolingual group; Bilingua...

The Dynamic Definition of Creativity: Implications for Creativity Assessment

Book Chapter
Carruthers, L., & MacLean, R. (2019)
The Dynamic Definition of Creativity: Implications for Creativity Assessment. In R. A. Beghetto, & G. Emanuele Corazza (Eds.), Dynamic Perspectives on Creativity: New Directions for Theory, Research, and Practice in Education (207-223). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-99163-4_12
Within this chapter, we consider the dynamic definition of creativity within a practical context, with roots in psychological measurement. A discussion of some of the existing...

The relationship between creativity and attention in adults

Journal Article
Carruthers, L., MacLean, R., & Willis, A. (2018)
The relationship between creativity and attention in adults. Creativity Research Journal, 30(4), 370-379
Creativity is a valuable attribute that involves the generation of original ideas; attention is a vital function that facilitates information selection. There is some evidence...

Creativity and Attention: A Multi-Method Investigation

Thesis
Carruthers, L. Creativity and Attention: A Multi-Method Investigation. (Thesis)
Edinburgh Napier University. Retrieved from http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/Output/1052411
Creativity is a valuable attribute that involves the generation of original ideas; attention is a vital function that facilitates information selection. Past research has rela...

The role of make-believe in Foley

Book Chapter
Carruthers, L., & Turner, P. (2016)
The role of make-believe in Foley. In P. Turner, & J. T. Harviainen (Eds.), Digital Make-Believe (125-139). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-29553-4_8
The acts of pretending and make-believe are almost exclusively studied in the context of child development and child psychology. This study was therefore an exploratory invest...

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Executive Function Impairment: An Overview.

Journal Article
Carruthers, L. (2016)
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Executive Function Impairment: An Overview. the Quarterly, 98,
As with any cognitive ability, attention is vulnerable to dysfunction. The most common attentional problem is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This brief overv...

It's not interaction, it's make believe.

Conference Proceeding
Turner, P., Turner, S., & Carruthers, L. (2014)
It's not interaction, it's make believe. In Proceedings of the 2014 European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics. https://doi.org/10.1145/2637248.2637266
A principal, but largely unexplored, use of our cognition when using interacting technology involves pretending. To pretend is to believe that which is not the case, for examp...

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