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Dr Gemma Briggs

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Lecturer in Psychology
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Psychology
  • Psychology
  • gemma.briggs

Professional biography

Qualifications

DPhil in Applied Cognitive psychology (University of Sussex)
BA (Hons) in Applied Psychology (University of Susssex)

Professional affiliations

British Psychological Society (BPS)
Society of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (SARMAC)

I joined the OU in 2007, after completing my PhD at the University of Sussex.

Research interests

I am an applied cognitive psychologist and my research interests revolve around the practical applications of psychological theory. I am particularly interested in how attention and perception can be affected when dual tasking (for example whilst driving a car and talking on the phone) as well as the effect this has on an individual’s eye movements. My work also crosses into forensic psychology as I’m interested in perceptual factors when witnessing crimes, with a particular focus on eye movements, weapon focus, inattention- and change blindness.

I am a member of the Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC) and part of the centre's Forensic Cognition Research Group where I work closely with Prof Graham Pike, Dr Nicola Brace, Dr Hayley NessDr Jim TurnerDr Catriona HarvardDr Virginia Harrison, Dr. Martin Thirkettle , Dr. Zoe Walkington and Dr Helen Kaye.

Teaching interests

I am currently the Qualification Director for BSc Forensic Psychology (Q82) I am also co-chair for presentation of Investigating psychology 2 (DE200) which had its first presentation in 2015.

Since joining the University I have also been involved in production on the following modules:

  • Investigating psychology 2 (DE200) 
  • Forensic psychology: crime, offenders and policing (D872)
  • Forensic psychology: witnesses, experts and evidence on trial (D873)
  • Applying psychology (DSE232).

I have also worked on presentation in the following modules:

  • Cognitive psychology (DD303) – ALE Chair
  • Exploring psychology (DSE212)
  • Exploring psychology: online project (DZX222)
  • Research methods dissertation in social sciences (D845)

And have been Qualification director for:

  • MSc in Forensic Psychology and Criminology (F49)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Forensic Psychological Studies (E34)

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Applied Cognitive Psychology Research GroupGroupFaculty of Social Sciences

Publications

The impact of attentional set and situation awareness on dual tasking driving performance (2017-09)
Briggs, Gemma F.; Hole, Graham J. and Turner, Jim A.J.
Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour ((Early Access))
Imagery-inducing distraction leads to cognitive tunnelling and deteriorated driving performance (2016-04-02)
Briggs, Gemma F.; Hole, Graham J. and Land, Michael F.
Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 38 (pp. 106-117)
Emotionally involving telephone conversations lead to driver error and visual tunnelling (2011)
Briggs, Gemma; Hole, Graham and Land, Michael
Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 14 (pp. 313-323)
Is seeing believing?: visual perception and attention for dynamic scenes (2015)
Briggs, Gemma and Davies, Simon
In: Capdevila, Rose; Dixon, John and Briggs, Gemma eds. Investigating Psychology 2
Publisher : The Open University | Published : Milton Keynes
Can I do two things at once? Attention and dual tasking ability (2015)
Briggs, Gemma and Hole, Graham
In: Capdevila, Rose; Dixon, John and Briggs, Gemma eds. Investigating Psychology
Publisher : The Open University | Published : Milton Keynes
Investigating Psychology: an integrative approach (2014)
Capdevila, Rose; Dixon, John and Briggs, Gemma
In: Capdevila, Rose; Dixon, John and Briggs, Gemma eds. Investigating Psychology 2: From social to cognitive
Publisher : Open University Press
Conclusion: the challenges and opportunities of an integrative approach (2014)
Capdevila, Rose; Briggs, Gemma and Dixon, John
In: Capdevila, Rose; Dixon, John and Briggs, Gemma eds. Investigating Psychology 2: From biological to developmental
Publisher : The Open University Press
Investigating Psychology 2 (Volumes 1-3) (2015)
Capdevila, Rose; Dixon, John and Briggs, Gemma eds.
Publisher : Open University | Published : Milton Keynes
Testing the weapon focus effect: change blindness and eyewitness identification (2016)
Briggs, Gemma; Turner, Jim and Pike, Graham
In : European Association of Psychology and Law Conference (EAPL 2017) (5-8 July 2016, Toulouse, France)
Identity, citizenship and engaging with the criminal justice system (2015-08)
Briggs, Gemma and Pike, Graham
In : European Association of Psychology and Law Conference (EAPL 2015) (4-7 August 2015, Nuremberg, Germany)
Emotionally involving telephone conversations lead to driver error and visual tunnelling (2011-06-27)
Briggs, Gemma; Hole, Graham and Land, Michael
In : 9th Conference of The Society for Applied Research in Memory & Cognition (SARMAC IX) (27-29th June 2011, New York City, NY, USA.)
Comparing types of sequential lineups (2009-07-26)
Pike, Graham; Brace, Nicola; Briggs, Gemma and Turner, Jim
In : The 8th Biennial Conference of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (26-30 Jul 2009, Kyoto, Japan)
Change blindness during an identification parade (2009-07-26)
Brace, Nicola; Pike, Graham; Turner, Jim and Briggs, Gemma
In : The 8th Biennial Conference of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (26-30 Jul 2009, Kyoto, Japan)
Can composite construction contaminate witness memory? (2009-07-26)
Turner, Jim; Briggs, Gemma; Pike, Graham and Brace, Nicola
In : The 8th Biennial Conference of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (26-30 July 2009, Kyoto, Japan)
The effect of imagery induced distraction on driving performance: implications for mobile telephone use behind the wheel (2008)
Briggs, Gemma; Hole, Graham and Land, Michael
In : BPS XXV Annual Cognitive Section Conference (7-10 September 2008, University of Southampton)
Emotionally involving telephone conversations lead to driver error and visual tunnelling (2007)
Briggs, Gemma; Hole, Graham and Land, Michael
In : BPS XXIV Annual Cognitive Section Conference (20-22 August 2007, University of Aberdeen)