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Dr Colin Hamilton

Senior Lecturer

Department: Psychology

CH 2014Colin is currently a Senior Lecturer in Psychology; he has worked in the primary, secondary, further and higher education sectors in the UK.

Within higher education he has been responsible for Biological, Cognitive, Neuropsychology, Individual Differences, Research Design and Statistics courses. He is currently module leader on Cognitive, Working Memory and Individual Differences modules. He has been a Programme Leader on UG Psychology programmes in two universities and over the past decade he has been Programme Leader for the MSc Psychology conversion programme, formerly the Graduate Diploma in Psychology programme.

His research interests are in cognition and in particular short term visual memory and visuospatial working memory. A major emphasis has been on the individual differences associated with visual short term memory, with a focus upon child development, and adult ageing. A recent focus has been upon the individual differences in working memory associated with the broader autism phenotype. Much of his research has been in collaboration with colleagues in St Andrews University, Newcastle University, Durham University, La Sapienza, Rome and Padova, Italy.

Campus Address

129 Northumberland Building
Northumberland Road
Newcastle upon Tyne


  • Psychology PhD June 30 1985
  • Primary Education PGCE July 28 1978
  • Psychology BSc (Hons) June 24 1977
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2016
  • Member Experimental Psychology Society (EPS) 2012

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Mindfulness in primary school children as a route to enhanced life satisfaction, positive outlook and effective emotion regulation, Amundsen, R., Riby, L., Hamilton, C., Hope, M., Mcgann, D. 8 Jul 2020, In: BMC psychology
  • Alcohol Hangover Has Detrimental Impact Upon Both Executive Function and Prospective Memory, Heffernan, T., Samuels, A., Hamilton, C., Mcgrath-brookes, M. 19 May 2019, In: Frontiers in Psychiatry
  • Frogs' Legs Versus Roast Beef, Martinon, L., Smallwood, J., Hamilton, C., Riby, L. 7 Jun 2019, In: Europe's Journal of Psychology
  • The disentanglement of the neural and experiential complexity of self-generated thoughts, Martinon, L., Smallwood, J., McGann, D., Hamilton, C., Riby, L. 15 May 2019, In: NeuroImage
  • Autistic-Like Traits in Children are Associated with Enhanced Performance in a Qualitative Visual Working Memory Task, Hamilton, C., Mammarella, I., Giofrè, D. 5 Nov 2018, In: Autism Research
  • Older adults benefit from symmetry, but not semantic availability, in visual working memory, Hamilton, C., Brown, L., Rossi-Arnaud, C. 24 Jan 2018, In: Frontiers in Psychology
  • An event related potential study of inhibitory and attentional control in Williams syndrome adults, Greer, J., Hamilton, C., McMullon, M., Riby, D., Riby, L. 10 Feb 2017, In: PLoS One
  • Mind-wandering in ageing: Can mindfulness change our thoughts?, Martinon, L., Smallwood, J., Mitchell, m., Hamilton, C., Riby, L. Jul 2017
  • The economic costs of hoarding behaviours in local authority/housing association tenants and private home owners in the north-east of England, Neave, N., Caiazza, R., Hamilton, C., McInnes, L., Saxton, T., Deary, V., Wood, M. 1 Jul 2017, In: Public Health
  • How does intentionality of encoding affect memory for episodic information?, Craig, M., Butterworth, K., Nilsson, J., Hamilton, C., Gallagher, P., Smulders, T. 1 Nov 2016, In: Learning & Memory


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