I am a Professor and Head of the Division of Psychology, located within the School of Natural Sciences. My main role is to manage and lead the Division, alongside on-going teaching and research activities, but I retain an avid interest in psychological theories, experiments and data. I have been at Stirling since 2001, and value its combination of being student focused and research intensive.
Teaching and Admin
My key teaching responsibility at Stirling is as Course Coordinator for the MSc in Psychological Research Methods; I guest lecture on third year cognition (PSY9AC), as well as running final year elective classes and supervising dissertation projects. I am heavily involved in administration and committee work at Stirling, including membership of the School Executive, and Chair of both the Psychology Staff Committee and Professors Committee. Within the wider University I have been a member of the Education and Student Experience Committee (ESEC) and Stirling Graduate School (SGS) working groups, acted as Cheif Examiner for the MSc in Health Psychology and been the Deputy Dean for the Faculty of Natural Sciences.
I have always been actively involved in the wider academic community, ranging from membership of the steering committee for the Scottish & NI Hub of Vitae, acting as Secretary for the Association of Heads of Psychology Departments, being a core member of the BBSRC Animal Sciences Grant Review Board, and membership of the QAA Benchmark review group for Psychology. I am currently Chair of AHPD, part of the BPS Impact review group, and a Research Assessor for the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland. I am also regularly involved in external examining, including PhD examining and external examiner - formerly for the MRes in Psychology at Aberdeen and MSc/MRes in Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL., and currently for the MSc in Neuroimaging for Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience at Manchester.
My core research interest is in human episodic memory, stemming from a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory at the University of St Andrews. Since coming to Stirling in 2001 I have developed a traditional human EEG research lab (the Psychological Imaging Laboratory), but have recently become increasingly interested in the development of mobile cognition. I am excited about the possibility of moving traditional methods (EEG, eye-tracking) out of the laboratory and into the real world. Ultimately, I am a cognitive psychologist at heart, interested in how human memory works - or, as often as not, how it doesn't work.
In Stirling I am a member of the Cognition in Complex Environments research group, which provides a forum for collaborations that cut across traditional boundaries between perception, attention, language and development. I am also Stirling University lead (PI) for SINAPSE, a Scottish Universities Neuroimaging pooling group funded by the SFC, which provides cross-institutional opportunities for engaging in neuroimaging research. My current focus is on Mobile Cognition - the translation of lab based psychophysiological measurements into the real world, and as part of this I lead a University of Stirling Dragon's Den group on Mobile Cognition.
I am always happy to discuss research ideas and to meet with potential students. Please feel free to email or visit during my office hours.
Divisional / Faculty Contribution
Head of Psychology, University of Stirling (January 2012- Present)
Lecturer in Psychology, University of Stirling (January 2001- February 2004)
Professor in Psychology, University of Stirling (August 2007- Present)
Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of Stirling (March 2004- July 2007)
Wellcome Trust International Post-Doctoral Travelling Research Fellow, Washington University in St. Louis (January 1999- December 2000)
BSc (1st Class Honors) in Psychology (October 1991- July 1994) University of Manchester
PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience (September 1995- August 1998) University of St Andrews
Di Virgilio TG, Ietswaart M, Wilson L, Donaldson DI & Hunter AM (2019) Understanding the Consequences of Repetitive Subconcussive Head Impacts in Sport: Brain Changes and Dampened Motor Control Are Seen After Boxing Practice. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 13, Art. No.: 294. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2019.00294
Branigan HE & Donaldson DI (2019) Learning from learning logs: A case study of metacognition in the primary school classroom. British Educational Research Journal, 45 (4), pp. 791-820. https://doi.org/10.1002/berj.3526
Murray JG, Ouyang G & Donaldson DI (2019) Compensation of Trial-to-Trial Latency Jitter Reveals the Parietal Retrieval Success Effect to be Both Variable and Thresholded in Older Adults. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 11, Art. No.: 179. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnagi.2019.00179
Park JL & Donaldson DI (2019) Detecting the neural correlates of episodic memory with mobile EEG: Recollecting objects in the real world. NeuroImage, 193, pp. 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2019.03.013
MacKenzie G, Alexandrou G, Hancock PJB & Donaldson DI (2018) An item's status in semantic memory determines how it is recognized: Dissociable patterns of brain activity observed for famous and unfamiliar faces. Neuropsychologia, 119, pp. 292-301. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2018.08.004
Park JL, Dudchenko PA & Donaldson DI (2018) Navigation in Real-World Environments: New Opportunities Afforded by Advances in Mobile Brain Imaging. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 12, Art. No.: 361. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2018.00361
Nieuwland MS, Politzer-Ahles S, Heyselaar E, Segaert K, Darley E, Kazanina N, Wolfsthurn SVGZ, Bartolozzi F, Kogan V, Ito A, Meziere D, Barr DJ, Rousselet GA, Ferguson H & Donaldson D (2018) Large-scale replication study reveals a limit on probabilistic prediction in language comprehension. eLife, 7, Art. No.: e33468. https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.33468.001
MacLeod CA & Donaldson D (2017) Investigating the Functional Utility of the Left Parietal ERP Old/New Effect: Brain Activity Predicts Within but Not Between Participant Variance in Episodic Recollection. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 11, Art. No.: 580. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2017.00580
Ladouce S, Donaldson D, Dudchenko P & Ietswaart M (2017) Understanding Minds in Real-World Environments: Toward a Mobile Cognition Approach. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 10, Art. No.: 694. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2016.00694
MacKenzie G & Donaldson D (2016) Elements of person knowledge: Episodic recollection helps us to identify people but not to recognize their faces. Neuropsychologia, 93 (Part A), pp. 218-228. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2016.11.001
Di Virgilio TG, Hunter A, Wilson L, Stewart W, Goodall S, Howatson G, Donaldson DI & Ietswaart M (2016) Evidence for Acute Electrophysiological and Cognitive Changes Following Routine Soccer Heading. EBioMedicine, 13, pp. 66-71. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ebiom.2016.10.029
Park JL & Donaldson D (2016) Investigating the relationship between implicit and explicit memory: Evidence that masked repetition priming speeds the onset of recollection. NeuroImage, 139, pp. 8-16. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2016.06.013
Kelly D & Donaldson D (2016) Investigating the complexities of academic success: Personality constrains the effects of metacognition. The Psychology of Education Review, 40 (2), pp. 17-24. http://shop.bps.org.uk/publications/publication-by-series/psychology-of-education-review/the-psychology-of-education-review-vol-40-no-2-autumn-2016.html
Murray J, Howie C & Donaldson D (2015) The neural mechanism underlying recollection is sensitive to the quality of episodic memory: Event related potentials reveal a some-or-none threshold. NeuroImage, 120, pp. 298-308. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.06.069
Park JL, Fairweather MM & Donaldson D (2015) Making the case for mobile cognition: EEG and sports performance. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 52, pp. 117-130. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neubiorev.2015.02.014
Ortu D, Allan K & Donaldson D (2013) Is the N400 effect a neurophysiological index of associative relationships?. Neuropsychologia, 51 (9), pp. 1742-1748. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2013.05.003
Harlow IM & Donaldson D (2013) Source accuracy data reveal the thresholded nature of human episodic memory. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 20 (2), pp. 318-325. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13423-012-0340-9
Skavhaug I, Wilding EL & Donaldson D (2013) Immediate judgments of learning predict subsequent recollection: Evidence from event-related potentials. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 39 (1), pp. 159-166. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0028885
MacGregor LJ, Corley M & Donaldson D (2010) Listening to the sound of silence: disfluent silent pauses in speech have consequences for listeners. Neuropsychologia, 48 (14), pp. 3982-3992. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2010.09.024
Harlow IM, MacKenzie G & Donaldson D (2010) Familiarity for Associations? A Test of the Domain Dichotomy Theory. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 36 (6), pp. 1381-1388. http://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/xlm/; https://doi.org/10.1037/a0020610
Hall J, Whalley HC, McKirdy JW, Sprengelmeyer R, Santos IM, Donaldson D, McGonigle D, Young AW, McIntosh AM, Johnstone EC & Lawrie SM (2010) A common neural system mediating two different forms of social judgement. Psychological Medicine, 40 (7), pp. 1183-1192. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0033291709991395
Nelson SM, Cohen AL, Power JD, Wig GS, Miezin FM, Wheeler ME, Velanova K, Donaldson D, Phillips JS, Schlaggar BL & Petersen SE (2010) A Parcellation Scheme for Human Left Lateral Parietal Cortex. Neuron, 67 (1), pp. 156-170. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuron.2010.05.025
Skavhaug I, Wilding EL & Donaldson D (2010) Judgments of learning do not reduce to memory encoding operations: Event-related potential evidence for distinct metacognitive processes. Brain Research, 1318, pp. 87-95. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brainres.2009.11.047
Donaldson D, Wheeler ME & Petersen SE (2010) Remember the source: Dissociating frontal and parietal contributions to episodic memory. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 22 (2), pp. 377-391. http://www.mitpressjournals.org/loi/jocn; https://doi.org/10.1162/jocn.2009.21242
Greve A, Donaldson D & van Rossum MCW (2010) A single-trace dual-process model of episodic memory: A novel computational account of familiarity and recollection. Hippocampus, 20 (2), pp. 235-251. https://doi.org/10.1002/hipo.20606
MacKenzie G & Donaldson D (2009) Examining the neural basis of episodic memory: ERP evidence that faces are recollected differently from names. Neuropsychologia, 47 (13), pp. 2756-2765. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2009.05.025
MacGregor L, Corley M & Donaldson D (2009) Not all disfluencies are are equal: The effects of disfluent repetitions on language comprehension. Brain and Language, 111 (1), pp. 36-45. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/0093934X; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bandl.2009.07.003
Collard P, Corley M, MacGregor LJ & Donaldson D (2008) Attention orienting effects of hesitations in speech: evidence from ERPs. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 34 (3), pp. 696-702. http://www.apa.org/journals/xlm/; https://doi.org/10.1037/0278-73184.108.40.2066
Hall J, Whalley HC, McKirdy JW, Romaniuk L, McGonigle D, McIntosh AM, Baig BJ, Gountouna V, Job DE, Donaldson D, Sprengelmeyer R, Young AW, Johnstone EC & Lawrie SM (2008) Overactivation of fear systems to neutral faces in schizophrenia. Biological Psychiatry, 64 (1), pp. 70-73. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/00063223; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biopsych.2007.12.014
Greve A, van Rossum MCW & Donaldson D (2008) Investigating the functional interaction between semantic and episodic memory: Convergent behavioral and electrophysiological evidence for the role of familiarity. NeuroImage, 34 (2), pp. 801-814. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/10538119; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2006.07.043
Rhodes SM & Donaldson D (2008) Association and not semantic relationships elicit the N400 effect: Electrophysiological evidence from an explicit language comprehension task. Psychophysiology, 45 (1), pp. 50-59. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-8986.2007.00598.x
Rhodes SM & Donaldson D (2008) Electrophysiological evidence for the effect of interactive imagery on episodic memory: Encouraging familiarity for non-unitized stimuli during associative recognition. NeuroImage, 39 (2), pp. 873-884. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2007.08.041
Rhodes SM & Donaldson D (2007) Electrophysiological evidence for the influence of unitization on the processes engaged during episodic retrieval: Enhancing familiarity based remembering. Neuropsychologia, 45 (2), pp. 412-424. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2006.06.022
MacKenzie G & Donaldson D (2007) Dissociating recollection from familiarity: electrophysiological evidence that familiarity for faces is associated with a posterior old/new effect. NeuroImage, 36 (2), pp. 454-463. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2006.12.005
Corley M, MacGregor LJ & Donaldson D (2007) It’s the way that you, er, say it: hesitations in speech affect language comprehension. Cognition, 105 (3), pp. 658-668. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2006.10.010
Ploran EJ, Nelson SM, Velanova K, Donaldson D, Petersen SE & Wheeler ME (2007) Evidence accumulation and the moment of recognition: dissociating perceptual recognition processes using fMRI. Journal of Neuroscience, 27 (44), pp. 11912-11924. https://doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3522-07.2007
Paukner A, Anderson J, Donaldson D & Ferrari PF (2007) Cued repetition of self-directed behaviors in macaques (Macaca nemestrina). Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 33 (2), pp. 139-147. http://psycnet.apa.org/doi/10.1037/0097-7403.33.2.139; https://doi.org/10.1037/0097-7403.33.2.139
Greve A, Donaldson D & van Rossum MCW (2005) An event related potential (ERP) study of associative recognition: How does semantic memory influence episodic retrieval?. 12th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, New York, 09/04/2005 - 12/04/2005. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, (Supplement), pp. 100-101.
MacGregor LJ, Corley M & Donaldson D (2005) Disfluency affects thee...er... linguistic expectancy of listeners: Electrophysiological evidence (Meeting abstract). 12th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, New York, 09/04/2005 - 12/04/2005. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, (Supplement), pp. 92-92.
Donaldson D (2004) Parsing brain activity with fMRI and mixed designs: what kind of a state is neuroimaging in?. Trends in Neurosciences, 27 (8), pp. 442-444. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/01662236; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tins.2004.06.001
Reynolds JR, Donaldson D, Wagner AD & Braver TS (2004) Item- and task-level processes in the left inferior prefrontal cortex: positive and negative correlates of encoding. NeuroImage, 21 (4), pp. 1472-1483. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2003.10.033
Donaldson D (2003) Memory from A to Z: Keywords, concepts and beyond. Review of: Dudai, Y, Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2002, Pp. 338. ISBN 0–19–850267–2. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology Section A: Human Experimental Psychology, 56 (7), pp. 1242-1244. https://doi.org/10.1080/02724980343000017
Visscher KM, Miezin FM, Kelly JE, Buckner R, Donaldson D, McAvoy MP, Bhalodia VM & Petersen SE (2003) Mixed blocked/event-related designs separate transient and sustained activity in fMRI. NeuroImage, 19 (4), pp. 1694-1708. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1053-8119%2803%2900178-2
Braver TS, Reynolds JR & Donaldson D (2003) Neural mechanisms of transient and sustained cognitive control during task switching. Neuron, 39 (4), pp. 713-726. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0896-6273%2803%2900466-5
Donaldson D, Petersen SE & Buckner R (2001) Dissociating memory retrieval processes using fMRI: Evidence that priming does not support recognition memory. NeuroImage, 13 (6), pp. S659-S659. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1053-8119%2801%2992002-6
Donaldson D, Petersen SE, Ollinger JM & Buckner R (2001) Dissociating state and item components of recognition memory using fMRI. NeuroImage, 13 (1), pp. 129-142. https://doi.org/10.1006/nimg.2000.0664
Donaldson D, Petersen SE, Ollinger JM & Buckner R (2000) Separating state and item related processing during recognition memory using functional-MRI. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, (Supplement), pp. 21-21.
Donaldson D & Rugg MD (1998) Recognition memory for new associations: electrophysiological evidence for the role of recollection. Neuropsychologia, 36 (5), pp. 377-395. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0028-3932%2897%2900143-7
Donaldson D & Rugg MD (1998) Context dependent changes in the ERP correlates of associative recall associative recognition. 5th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, New York, 09/04/2005 - 12/04/2005. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 10 (S), p. 117.