Dr Darren Walker 

Summary


   Position: Senior Lecturer, psychology
   School: Cardiff School of Health Sciences
   E-mail: dwalker@cardiffmet.ac.uk
   Telephone: +44(0)29 2041 7227
   Room No: D2.06c


Teaching


Module Leader
  • Module leader Brain and Cognition (year 1 Psychology)
  • Module leader Cognitive Psychology (year 2 Speech Therapy)
  • Module leader Psycholinguistics and Cognitive Psychology (year 3 Speech Therapy)
  • Module leader (Research Methods for MSc Health/Forensic Psychology)

Masters Supervision - Completed
  • 1 MSc - Development of a real-world cooking task to assess multitasking (2010)
  • 1 MSc - Interactive technology and ASD (2012)

Research Degree Supervision - Current
  • MRes - Development of a novel real-world cooking task to explore multitasking
  • PhD - Real versus digital microscopy in cytology: problem solving and attention factors
  • PhD - Fovography: a novel system for representing 3D experiential reality
Publications


Published articles
  • Evered, A., Walker, D., Watt, A., & Perham, N. (In press). Untutored discrimination training on paired cell images influences visual learning in cytopathology. Cancer Cytopathology.
  • Evered, A., Walker, D., Watt, A., & Perham, N. (2013). To what extent does non-analytic reasoning contribute to visual learning in cytopathology? . Cancer Cytopathology, 121(6), 329-338.
  • Walker, D.J., Keay-Bright, W., Cobner, D. (2012). Autism and Somantics: Capturing behaviour in the Wild. Proceedings of 8th International conference on methods and techniques in behavioural research, Utrecht, Netherlands.
  • Zampelis, D., Loudon, G., Gill, S. and Walker, D. (2012). IRIS: Augmented Reality in Rapid Prototyping. Proceedings of the 13th Rapid Design, Prototyping & Manufacturing Conference, Lancaster University, Lancaster.
  • Gill, S., Loudon, G., Walker, D. (2009). Designing a design tool – working with industry to create an information appliance design methodology. Journal of Design Research, 7(2), 97-119.
  • Gill, S., Walker, D., Loudon, G, Dix, A, Woolley, A., Ramduny-Ellis, D. & Hare, J. (2009). Rapid development of tangible interactive appliances: achieving the fidelity/time balance. The International Journal of Arts and Technology, 1 (3/4), 309-331.

Conference Presentations
  • Walker, D., Williams, K. Cooking breakfast: development of a naturalistic prospective memory task in young and older adults. Paper presented at the 9th Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, New York, June 2011.
  • Walker, D., Williams, K. Ready steady breakfast: Cooking and cognition in older adults. Paper presented at the 3rd International Conference on Prospective Memory, Vancouver, July 2010.
  • Finney, N, Walker, D. The Tchaikovsky Effect? The effect of composer and mood on creativity. BPS Cognitive Section Conference, Southampton, September 2008.
  • Bieszczad, H., Walker, D. Interruption modality and Prospective Memory in young and old adults. BPS Cognitive Section Conference, Southampton, September 2008.
  • Griffiths, R, Gordon, B, Walker, D. Team role self-perception inventory: a tool for developing creativity. International conference on engineering and product design education, Barcelona, September 2008.
  • Wilson, J., Walker, D. Music, attention and memory: fast tempo leads to enhanced recall of central information. BPS Cognitive Section Conference, Aberdeen, September 2007.
  • Walker, D. J. Prospective Memory and Aging. 4th International Conference on Memory, Sydney, July 2006.
  • Walker, D. J. Reminder cue efficacy in young and older adults. BPS Cognitive Section Conference, Leeds, September 2005.
  • Walker, D. Prospective memory and strategic monitoring in young and old adults. BPS Cognitive Section conference, Leeds, September 2004.
  • Walker, D.J. & Ellis, J.A. Involuntary and strategic factors in prospective memory. 13TH European Cognitive Psychology Conference, Granada, September 2003.
  • Walker, D.J. & Ellis, J.A. The effects of reminder cues in event-based prospective memory tasks. 3rd International Conference on Memory, Valencia, July 2001.
  • Walker, D.J. & Ellis, J.A. Incidental cueing: the effects of direct and indirect reminders on prospective memory. BPS Cognitive Section Conference, Essex, September 2000.
  • Walker, D.J. & Ellis, J.A. Incidental reminding: the effects of direct and indirect cues on prospective memory. 1st International Conference on Prospective Memory, Hatfield, July 2000.
  • Walker, D.J. & Ellis, J.A. Incidental reminders and prospective memory. BPS Cognitive Section Conference, York, September 1999.

Grants and Awards
  • CARIAD - Centre for Applied Research in Inclusive Arts and Design. Establish a Research Centre within CMU that maximises the expertise and synergies of interdisciplinary teams across four CMU Schools. REIF award, £54.7K (Dr. Wendy Keay-Bright, CMU, principal investigator). Awarded October 2011.
  • Somantics - gestural communication applications for iPad and Kinect (ASD). JISC award. £65K (Dr. Wendy Keay-Bright, CMU, principal investigator). Awarded April 2011
  • Design of 3D interfaces. Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship. £36.5K. European Social Fund (Professor Steve Gill, CMU, principal investigator). Awarded September 2010.
  • Cognition in real-world environments and eye-tracking. Extended Research Leave award. £10K. CMU. Awarded October 2009.
  • Visual Attention and Cytology. £9K. Welsh Assembly RCBC grant. Awarded March 2009.
  • Reminders and prospective memory in young and older adults. £3K. Research Opportunities award. CMU. Awarded September 2005
Profile


Dr. Darren Walker is a cognitive psychologist with a particular interest in translating theoretical insights from memory, attention and perception into practical applications for health and clinical related domains. His main research expertise is cognition across the lifespan. He is currently developing novel methods (e.g. video observation and eye-tracking) to understand behaviour in more ecologically valid tasks.

He has collaborated across disciplines with researchers in biomedicine, art and product design. His work has been disseminated in high quality journals, along with national and international conferences. He teaches advanced research design and statistics to postgraduate level.

Current Research Interests
  • Memory, dementia, attention and executive functioning in young and older adults
  • Cognitive factors in medical domains such as cytology and surgery
  • Information technology and Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
  • Psychology, product design and ergonomics.
  • Novel research tools such as eye-tracking, video observation and mixed (e.g. qualitative/quantitative) methods to explore real-world cognition.