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Dr Helen Kaye

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Professional biography

I completed a PhD in animal learning at University College Cardiff, spending part of the time in the Institute of Physiology in Prague. I completed 2 years post doctoral work in Cardiff and 3 years at the University of Cambridge in Experimental Psychology. I began working for the Open University in 1990 as a part-time tutor on psychology and biology modules, and became a Staff Tutor first in London then in the East of England. I began working as a full time central academic in Psychology in 2009. Between 2005 and 2010 I was part of the OU Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL).

Research interests

My research interests lie in learning. My early work investigated Pavlovian conditioning, contextual learning and brain mechanisms of attention. More recently my work has investigated factors influencing student learning. I am also interested in change blindness and eyewitness identification. I am part of the Forensic Psychology Research Group where I work closely with Prof Graham Pike, Dr Nicola Brace, Dr Jim Turner, Dr Hayley Ness, Dr Gemma Briggs, Dr Catriona Havard and Dr Gini Harrison.

Barrett, J.P. & Kaye, H. (2010) Bridging the Gap: Progression across levels of study PLAT June 2010 Edinburgh Conference

Cooper, T & Kaye, H. (2009) Holding up a Mirror to Personal and Professional Development: Enhancing Reflective Learning in Distance Study. European Distance and e-Learning Network. (EDEN) Conference 10-13 June, 2009 Gdansk, Poland

Kaye, H. (2012) Change detection increases identification of switched actor in a staged crime. European Applied Psychology and Law Conference Cyprus

Kaye, H & Barrett, J.P. (2010) Building a virtual home: A way to promote student participation in curriculum development in a distance learning environment. PLAT June 2010 Edinburgh Conference

Kaye, H. Barrett, J.P.,& Knightley, W.M. (2012) Using electronic resources for Psychology project work. Europlat June 2012 Vilnius, Lithiuania


Cooper,T. & Kaye,H.(2002) Language and Meaning. In Cooper,T & Roth,I. (ed) Challenging Psychological Issues. The Open University.

Kaye, H. Cognitive Psychology (2010) (ed) First Edition revised after Braisby, N, & Gellatly, A The Open University

A repository of research publications and other research outputs can be viewed at The Open University's Open Research Online.

Teaching interests

I am currently Qualification Director for BSc in Psychology and a member of Cognitive psychology (DD303) module team. I have previously worked on the Forensic psychology Masters modules (D872 and D873), Exploring psychology (DSE212) and Applying Psychology (DSE232). I regularly act as course director at DD303 residential school.


Indonesian Educators’ Knowledge and Beliefs about Teaching Children with Autism (2020-02)
Budiyanto, ; Sheehy, Kieron; Kaye, Helen and Rofiaha, Khofidotur
Athens Journal of Education, 7(1) (pp. 77-98)

Indonesian Teachers’ Epistemological Beliefs and Inclusive Education (2019-03-01)
Sheehy, Kieron; Budiyanto, ; Kaye, Helen and Khofidotur, Rofiah
Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 23(1) (pp. 39-56)

Developing Signalong Indonesia: issues of happiness and pedagogy, training and stigmatisation (2018)
Budiyanto, ; Sheehy, Kieron; Kaye, Helen and Rofiah, Khofidotur
International Journal of Inclusive Education, 22(5) (pp. 543-559)

Information Reduction - more than meets the eye? (2014-12-08)
Rowell, Nancy; Green, Alison; Kaye, Helen and Naish, Peter
Journal of Cognitive Education and Psychology, 27(1) (pp. 89-113)