Department:School of Psychology and Sport Science
Areas of Expertise: Brain & Cognition
David is a cognitive psychologist whose research examines the cognitive processes involved during memory, mental imagery and visuo-spatial thinking, with a particular focus on applications in the fields of clinical and environmental psychology.
David joined Anglia Ruskin University as a Reader in 2015, having previously worked at the University of Aberdeen. He has also worked at the University of the Saarland in Germany and taught for the Open University. David is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and a member of the Experimental Psychology Society. He is also a visiting researcher at Trieste University in Italy and the University of Bergen in Norway.
Krans, J., Pearson, D.G., Maier, B., & Moulds, M., in press. Contextual representations of negative images modulate intrusion frequency in an intrusion provocation paradigm. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry.
Jurgensen, F., Pearson, D.G., & Knopke, I., in press. Building an authentic listener: Applying a passive exposure-based training paradigm to detecting differences among compositional styles. Journal of Interdisciplinary Music Studies.
Darling, S., Uytman, C., Allen, R.J., Havelka, J., & Pearson, D.G. (2015). Body image, visual working memory and visual mental imagery. PeerJ 3: e775
Cseh, G., Phillips, L.H., & Pearson, D.G. (2015). Flow, affect, and visual creativity. Cognition and Emotion, 29(2), 281-291.
Pearson, D.G. & Logie, R.H. (2015). A sketch is not enough: Dynamic external support increases insight on a guided synthesis task. Thinking and Reasoning, 21(1), 97-112.
Pearson, D.G., & Craig, T. (2014). The great outdoors? Exploring the mental health benefits of natural environments. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 1178.
Pearson, D.G., Ball, K., & Smith, D.T. (2014). Saccade preparation as a rehearsal mechanism in visuospatial working memory. Cognition, 132(3), 416-428.
Van der Jagt, A.P.N., Craig, T., Anable, J., Brewer, M.J., & Pearson, D.G. (2014). Unearthing the picturesque: The validity of the preference matrix as a measure of landscape aesthetics. Landscape and Urban Planning, 124, 1-13.
Pearson, DG. (2014). Are C-reps Contextual Representations? A reply to Brewin and Burgess. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 45(1), 220-222.
Ball, K., Pearson, DG. & Smith, DT. (2013). Oculomotor involvement in spatial working memory is task-specific. Cognition, 129(2), 439-446.
Price, MC. & Pearson, DG. (2013). Toward a visuospatial developmental account of sequence-space synaesthesia. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, 689.
Krans, J., Langner, O., Reinecke, A., & Pearson, D.G. (2013). Intrusive images and voluntary memory for affective pictures: Contextualization and dual-task interference. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 44, 418-425.
Pearson, D.G., & Hollings, J. (2013). Einstein’s jacket: Evidence for long-term perceptual specificity in mental imagery. Consciousness and Cognition, 22(1), 148-154.
Pearson, D.G., Deeprose, C., Wallace-Hadrill, S., Burnett Heyes, S., & Holmes, E.A. (2013). Assessing mental imagery in clinical psychology: A review of imagery measures and a guiding framework. Clinical Psychology Review, 33(1), 1-23.
Pearson, D.G. (2012). Contextual representations increase analogue traumatic intrusions: Evidence against a dual-representation account of peri-traumatic processing. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 43(4), 1026-1031.
Pearson, D.G., Ross, F. & Webster, V. (2012). The importance of context: evidence that contextual representations increase intrusive memories. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 43(1), 573-580.
Pearson, D.G. & Sawyer, T. (2011). Effects of dual task interference on memory intrusions for affective images. International Journal of Cognitive Therapy, 4 (2), 122-133.
Rudkin, S.J., Pearson, D.G., & Logie, R.H. (2007). Executive processes in visual and spatial working memory tasks. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 60(1), 79-100.
Pearson, D.G. (2007). Mental imagery and creative thought. Proceedings of the British Academy, 147, 187-212.
Allen, R., McGeorge, P., Pearson, D.G., & Milne, A. B. (2006). Multiple-target tracking: A role for working memory? Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 59(6), 1101-1116.
Law, A.S., Logie, R.H., & Pearson, D.G. (2006). The impact of secondary tasks in a virtual environment. Acta Psychologica 122(1), 27-44.
Pearson, D.G., & Logie, R.H. (2004). Effects of stimulus modality and working memory load on mental synthesis performance. Imagination, Cognition, and Personality, 23(2/3), 183-192.
Allen, R., McGeorge, P., Pearson, D.G., & Milne, A.B. (2004). Attention and expertise in multiple target tracking. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 18(3), 337-347.
Law, A.S., Logie, R.H., Pearson, D.G., Cantagallo, A., Moretti, E., & Dimarco, F. (2004). Resistance to the impact of interruptions during multitasking by healthy adults and dysexecutive patients. Acta Psychologica 116 (3), 285-307.
Pearson, D.G. & Sahraie, A. (2003). Oculomotor control and the maintenance of spatially and temporally distributed events in visuo-spatial working memory. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology-A, 56(7), 1089-1111.
Reisberg, D., Pearson, D.G., & Kosslyn, S.M. (2003). Intuitions and introspections about imagery: The role of imagery experience in shaping an investigator's theoretical views. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 17(2), 147-160.
Pearson, D.G. (2013). Working Memory. In M. Gellman & J.R. Turner (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine. Springer, USA.
Pearson, D.G. (2007). Visuo-spatial rehearsal processes in working memory. In R.H. Logie & N. Osaka (Eds.), The Cognitive Neuroscience of Working Memory. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
Wood, M., Pearson, D.G., & Calder, C. (2007). Comparing the effects of different 3D representations on human wayfinding. In G. Gartner, W. Cartwright, and M.P. Peterson (Eds.), Location Based Services and TeleCartography. Springer Berlin Heidelberg.
Pearson, D.G. (2006). The episodic buffer: Implications and connections with visuo-spatial research. In T. Vecchi & G. Bottini (Eds.), Imagery and spatial cognition: Methods, models, and cognitive assessment. UK: John Benjamins Publishing Company.
Pearson, D.G., Alexander, A., & Webster, R. (2001). Working memory and expertise differences in design. In J. Gero, B. Tversky, & T. Purcell (Eds.), Visual and Spatial Reasoning in Design II. Sydney: Key Centre of Design Computing and Cognition.
Pearson, D.G. (2001). Imagery and the visuo-spatial sketchpad. In J. Andrade (Ed.), Working Memory in Perspective. Hove: The Psychology Press.
Pearson, D.G., De Beni, R. & Cornoldi, C. (2000). The generation and transformation of visuo-spatial images in mental discovery. In M. Denis, C. Cornoldi, R.H. Logie, M. de Vega and J. Engelkamp (Eds.), Imagery, Language and Visuo-Spatial Thinking. Hove: The Psychology Press.
Pearson, D.G. & Logie, R.H. (2000). Working memory and mental synthesis. In S. O'Nuallan (Ed.), Spatial Cognition: Foundations and applications. John Benjamins Publishing Company.
Pearson, D.G. & Logie, R.H. (1998). Visuo-spatial working memory: Fractionation and development. In J. Bideaud and Y. Courbois (Eds.), Image Mentale et Developpement: De la theorie piagetienne aux neurosciences cognitives. Paris: Press Universitaires de France.
Guidelines on Memory and the Law: Recommendations from the Scientific Study of Human Memory. A report by the Memory & The Law Committee, a Working Party of the Research Board of the British Psychological Society (BPS, 2008).