Researchers from the Department of Psychology are investigating the effects of common email alerts on brain activity. The study involves an experiment which uses Electroencephalogram (EEG) equipment. The experiment involves volunteers being attached to an EEG headset, allowing the researchers to record the electrical activity of the brain.
This study, which began in May 2015, seeks to understand what effect common email alerts can have on brain (neural) activity. A neural-level understanding of the work-home interface has not been explored in previous research so will contribute to an understanding of the complexities involved in balancing work and home roles. The study is based on the idea that being able to ‘switch off’ from a work role is easier for some than for others. This may have consequences for how distracted you are by this work role when outside of work.
The ultimate aim of this study is to inform intervention strategies for those who are easily distracted by email alerts when they are away from the workplace.
Dr Michelle Cleveland, Senior Lecturer in Psychology
Michelle teaches psychology in the workplace and researches various aspects of employee wellbeing. Find out more about Michelle.
Dr Rhiannon Jones, Senior Lecturer in Psychology
Rhiannon teaches cognitive neuroscience and researches neural correlates of cognitive biases. Find out more about Rhiannon.
Dr Maria Uther, Professor of Cognitive Psychology
Maria teaches cognitive psychology and psychology in the workplace and researches auditory perception and human-computer interaction. Find out more about Maria.