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Philip Beaman


Areas of interest

I am interested in short-term and working memory and the role of memory in decision-making and higher-level cognition, studied using a combination of experimental and cognitive modelling techniques.

Other interests include the cognitive neuroscience of auditory distraction and both theoretical and applied issues concerning how automatic – often non-conscious – processes interact with conscious, intentional cognition and meta-cognition to produce behaviour.

Recent theoretical work has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Leverhulme Trust, and recent applied work by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and industry.

I am also known for my work on musical imagery and earworms, including this interview on BBC Radio 4.



  • Undergraduate: memory, problem solving
  • Postgraduate: methods in cognition and neuroscience, psychology for behavioural finance

Research centres and groups

Perception, Cognition & Nutrition

Academic qualifications

BA Psychology, MSc Cognitive Science, PhD Psychology, Wales


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