Researcher page: Simon Bignell
Field: Developmental Psychology, Cyberpsychology
Location: Main Campus
Phone: 01332 593043
My interests are grounded in the perspectives of Developmental and Cognitive academic Psychology as well as Cyberpsychology. My primary research looks at the language and literacy skills of children who show symptoms of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). I am also developing research that is investigating the language abilities of people diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In another area of research I am evaluating teaching and research in multi-user 3D virtual environments and the benefit of these for people with developmental disorders such as Asperger's Syndrome and Autism. I am using correlation, experimental and action research methodologies.
I graduated in Psychology from the former School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences (COGS) at University of Sussex in the UK where I studied Psychology, Linguistics, Philosophy and Artificial Intelligence. This was a very exciting time in Cognitive Science and the interdisciplinary atmosphere was exhilarating. After Sussex I moved to the Department of Psychology at University of Essex to do a Ph.D. in 'ADHD and Children's Language'. There I was Senior Research Officer and then Temporary Lecturer teaching Reading Development and Reading Disorders. I have also held academic positions at London South Bank University teaching Developmental Psychology and Psychological Research Methods and lectured in Cognitive Psychology and Biological Psychology for The Open University. I am a full-time Lecturer in Psychology at University of Derby, Undergraduate Year 3 Leader and also lead the following teaching modules, 'Autism, Asperger’s and ADHD' and ‘Psychology in Education’.