Lindsey Carruthers

Lindsey Carruthers

Dr Lindsey Carruthers PhD, FHEA, BSc (Hons)

Lecturer

Biography

I am an Early Career Researcher and full time Lecturer in the Psychology group. I have keen interests in the fields of creativity, incubation, and problem solving, as well as in cognition and attention generally.

My PhD project entitled 'Creativity and Attention: a Multi-Method Investigation' included experiments comparing those with and without ADHD in creative and attention performance.

Since beginning the lectureship here, I have continued with my research interest in creativity, and I am currently investigating the Unusual Uses Test, and how this may be optimised for successful and consistent implementation. I am managing this project, and have four undergraduate psychology students helping with data collection.

I am a founding member of the UK Creativity Researchers group, and organised the first annual conference meeting, which took place at Edinburgh Napier on May 17th, 2017. This was organised in collaboration with Dr Gillian Hill and Dr Shelly Kemp from the University of Buckingham.

My teaching interests are broad, as I enjoy teaching on a large variety of modules across the Psychology programmes.

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Research Areas

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Conference Activity

  • 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., 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., 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.
  • 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., 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. (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.
  • Invited chairperson (March 2014). Cognitive psychology section, BPS Undergraduate Student Conference, Edinburgh.
  • Ness, H. & Carruthers, L. (2014, September). Understanding facial composite construction. Oral Presentation at 31st BPS Cognitive Psychology Section Annual Conference, Nottingham.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

 

Invited Speaker

  • 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.
  • 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
  • Panel Member: How to succeed pre- and post-viva

 

Public Engagement Activity

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

 

Media Activity

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

 

Reviewing

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

 

Fellowships and Awards

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

 

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