Dr Stephanie Howarth
Profiles

Dr Stephanie Howarth

Collaboration for the Advancement of Medical Education Research Assessment (Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry)

Role

Research Assistant for the Collaboration for the Advancement of Medical Education Research and Assessment (CAMERA).

Qualifications

In 2004 I graduated from Plymouth University with a Bsc (Hons) in Psychology and then qualified as a Clinical Hypnotherapist through the London College of Clinical Hypnosis. I practised as a therapist for several years and in 2011 I returned to academia to start my PhD in Cognitive Psychology.

My thesis, entitled “Believe It or Not: Examining the Case for Intuitive Logic and Effortful Beliefs”, was completed in December 2014 and examined dual processing accounts of belief-bias in human reasoning using a novel approach. My research focused on the impact of secondary loads on conditional reasoning as well as the role or Working Memory under distinct instructional sets.

In April 2015 I joined the Collaboration for the Advancement of Medical Education Research & Assessment (CAMERA) at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry; with the appreciation that my background in reasoning, judgement and decision making will contribute effectively to the team’s research into clinical decision making.  

Professional membership

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society

Member of the Cognitive Psychology section (BPS)

Teaching interests

I have taught on a Critical Thinking module and a series of Cognitive Psychology lectures, covering subjects on decision making, deductive and inductive reasoning and problems solving.

I have also supervised 4 final year undergraduate students on their dissertations, for the School of Psychology.  

Research interests

My research interests stem from my background in Cognitive Psychology, specifically the areas of Thinking, Reasoning and Decision Making. To date my research has been focused on Dual Processing, and the role of intuitive versus explicit forms of judgement.

More broadly I am interested in the role of the conscious (explicit) and the subconscious (implicit) in respect to learning, learned behaviours (through my work with hypnosis) and decision making. I am also interested in executive functioning such as the role of inhibition which started during my work with hypnosis and developed through my research on reasoning.

With this current post I will be working as part of the UMbRELLA (Uk Medical Revalidation Evaluation coLLAboration) study, evaluating the regulatory impact(s) of medical revalidation during its first cycle. I look forward to implementing my theoretical knowledge on reasoning and decision making to this applied and valuable area of research.

http://www.umbrella-revalidation.org.uk/

Other research

Collaboration for the Advancement of Medical Education Research and Assessment (CAMERA)

UK Medical Revalidation Evaluation Collaboration (UMbRELLA)

Thinking and Reasoning Research Group (Plymouth University)

Centre for Research in Brain, Cognition and Behaviour (Plymouth University)

Grants & contracts

A 3 year PhD studentship with the Doctoral Training Centre for the Social Sciences (DTC) at Plymouth University. 


Papers

Howarth, S., Handley, S.J. & Walsh, C. (under review). The Logic-Bias Effect: The role of effortful processing in the resolution of belief-logic conflict.  

Howarth, S., Handley, S.J. & Walsh, C. (in preparation). The Role of Executive Functions in Conditional Reasoning.

Presentations

Howarth, S. (2012). Secondary Loads and Conditional reasoning. Talk presented at the Thinking and Reasoning seminar, Plymouth University, Plymouth. 

Howarth, S. (2012). The Effect of Distinct Secondary Loads on Conditional reasoning. Talk presented at the 4th School of Psychology Postgraduate & Staff Conference: “Beyond the Science of the Mind”. Plymouth University, Plymouth.

Howarth, S. (2012). Are Belief Biased by Logic? The Effect of Distinct Secondary Loads on Conditional reasoning. Talk presented at (ITC) International Conference on Thinking & Reasoning, Birkbeck University, London. 

Howarth, S. (2012). Are Belief Biased by Logic? The Effect of Distinct Secondary Loads on Conditional reasoning. Talk presented at PsyPAG, Northumbria University, Newcastle.

Posters

Howarth, S. (2013). The effect of Random Number Generation and Complexity on Conditional Reasoning. Poster Presented at CogSci Conference, Humboldt-Universtat, Berlin, Germany. 

Howarth, S. (2013). The effect of Random Number Generation and Complexity on Conditionals. Poster Presented at BPS Cognitive and Developmental section conference. University of Reading, Reading