Dr Ward is an academic based at Middlesex University (2013-present). She completed her PhD at University College London (2009-2012) and has previously held positions at City University, London, and the University of York.
Emma’s ongoing research projects surround human memory and cognitive aging and she currently holds grants as Principle Investigator from the BIAL Foundation and the Experimental Psychology Society. She is specifically interested in how different kinds of memory (explicit, implicit) are affected by aging, and interactions with factors such as attention, rhythm, and context. Emma primarily uses experimental behavioural methods to address mechanistic questions about the operations of memory, but recently has begun to employ EEG to examine the neural basis of the beneficial effect of temporal encoding on memory.
Emma is a keen advocate of science communication, open science and public engagement. She has an ongoing partnership with the University of the Third Age, for which she regularly delivers public lectures and workshops, and recently won a competitive 6-week research residency at the Science Museum, London, gaining covering in the Guardian and on the BBC.
For further information and publications visit Emma’s website: Memory, Cognition, & Aging (https://emmawardmca.com/)
In her spare time Emma trains in ballroom and Latin American dancing. She is a regular competitor and has danced at the prestigious Blackpool Tower Ballroom, most recently coming 2nd in her category.