Professor Chris Jarrold - Inaugural Lecture

Professor of Cognitive Development Professor Chris Jarrold
School of Experimental Psychology

A thimble, a pimple, or an egg on legs? Working out how working memory works

Psychologists assume that humans use working memory to carry out complex tasks, but what form does our working memory take and does it really do anything useful for us?  In this talk I will answer these questions, drawing particularly on research with children and with individuals with developmental conditions.

This lecture took place on Thursday 13 October 2011.


Professor Jarrold completed a degree in Experimental Psychology at the University of Cambridge in 1990 and then carried out PhD research on pretend play in autism at the University of Sheffield. In 1993 he returned to Cambridge to work with Jim Russell on a project investigating memory and executive control in autism. He joined the School of Experimental Psychology in Bristol in 1996, initially to work with Alan Baddeley and Sue Gathercole on a project on the development of working memory.

Professor Jarrold was Honorary Secretary of the Experimental Psychology Society between 2007 and 2010, and in 2000 received the British Psychological Society’s Neil O’Connor Award for research in developmental disabilities.