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Dr John Towse

Dr John Towse

Senior Lecturer

Fylde College
Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YF

+44 (0)1524 593705

Research Interests

My work spans a number of research topics. Here is an overview of some of project I have been involved with

Working memory

Working memory refers to the active maintenance of transient information. We know that working memory is very important, for children's development and for adult cognitive skills. Tasks that measure working memory are often very good at predicting mathematics, reading, comprhension processes and so on. My research has attempted to document the relations between working memory and cognition, as well as develop more complete theoretical accounts of how working memory processes unfold.

Executive functions

Executive functions relate the the effective regulation of behaviours towards goals, targets, cognitions and responses. Executive functions form a complex interrelated set of behaviours. So it is important to understand how regulation takes place, the limits and the opportunities that they provide.

Mathematical cognition

Several research projects attempt to understand how children's understanding of mathematics concepts and mathematics processes unfold. We explore how education and cognitive development impact on the important domain of mathematics.

Cybercognition

Online environments are increasingly ubiquitous; we communicate through email, we browse websites, we live our lives through social media, etc. This presents cognitive systems with great challenges. We interact with complex systems involving many -sometimes unknown - permuations and consequences, and we are required to trust individuals and systems despite sometimes scanty evidence to justify this. We seek to understand how cognitive decisions interact with computer systems, devices and expectations.

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John Towse's Publications

2014

Figuring out children’s number representations: lessons from cross-cultural work

Towse, J., Muldoon, K. & Simms, V. 03/2014 Oxford handbook of numerical cognition. Cohen Kadosh, R. & Dowker, A. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Not all numbers are equal: preferences and biases among children and adults when generating random sequences

Towse, J., Loetscher, T. & Brugger, P. 23/01/2014 In : Frontiers in Psychology. 5, 7 p.19

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2013

Plane thinking: mental representations in number line estimation as a function of orientation, scale and counting proficiency.

Simms, V., Muldoon, K. & Towse, J. 07/2013 In : Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. 115, 3, p. 468-480 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

A longitudinal analysis of estimation accuracy, counting skills and mathematical ability across the first school year

Muldoon, K., Towse, J., Simms, V., Perra, O. & Menzies, V. 02/2013 In : Developmental Psychology. 49, 2, p. 250-257 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2011

Cross-cultural comparisons of 5-year-olds’ estimating and mathematical ability

Muldoon, K., Simms, V., Towse, J., Menzies, V. & Yue, G. 05/2011 In : Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology. 42, 4, p. 669-681 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2010

Synergies between processing and memory in children's reading span.

Towse, J. N., Hitch, G. J., Horton, N. & Harvey, K. 09/2010 In : Developmental Science. 13, 5, p. 779-789 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

With development, list recall includes more chunks, not just larger ones.

Cowan, N., Hismjatullina, A., AuBuchon, A. M., Saults, J. S., Horton, N., Leadbitter, K. & Towse, J. N. 09/2010 In : Developmental Psychology. 46, 5, p. 1119-1131 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Lucky numbers : spatial neglect affects physical, but not representational, choices in a Lotto task.

Loetscher, T., Nicholls, M. E. R., Towse, J. N., Bradshaw, J. L. & Brugger, P. 05/2010 In : Cortex. 46, 5, p. 685-690 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Epistemic flow and the social making of minds.

Lewis, C., Carpendale, J., Towse, J. & Maridaki-Kassotaki, K. 2010 Self- and Social-Regulation: Exploring the Relations between Social Interaction, Social Cognition, and the Development of Executive Functions.. Sokol, B., Muller, U., Carpendale, J. M., Young, A. & Iarocci, G. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, 472 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2008

The endurance of children's working memory : a recall time analysis.

Towse, J. N., Hitch, G. J., Hamilton, Z. & Pirrie, S. 10/2008 In : Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. 101, 2, p. 156-163 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Task experience and children’s working memory performance : a perspective from recall timing.

Towse, J. N., Cowan, N., Horton, N. & Whytock, S. 2008 In : Developmental Psychology. 44, 3, p. 695-706 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The recall of information from working memory : insights from behavioural and chronometric perspectives.

Towse, J. N., Cowan, N., Hitch, G. J. & Horton, N. 2008 In : Experimental Psychology. 55, 6, p. 371-383 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2007

Working memory as the interface between processing and retention : a developmental perspective

Towse, J., Hitch, J. G. & Horton, N. 07/2007 Advances in child development and behavior. Kail, R. (ed.). Amsterdam: Elsevier Academic Press, Vol. 35, p. 215-251 37 p. (Advances in child development and behavior; vol. 35)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Random number generation and working memory.

Towse, J. N. & Cheshire, A. 05/2007 In : European Journal of Cognitive Psychology. 19, 3, p. 374-394 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

When knowledge is not enough: the phenomenon of goal neglect in preschool children.

Towse, J. N., Lewis, C. & Knowles, M. 04/2007 In : Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. 96, 4, p. 320-332 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Variation in working memory.

Conway, A. R. A., Jarrold, C., Kane, M. J., Myake, A. & Towse, J. N. 2007 New York: Oxford University Press. 321 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Working memory as a construct in cognitive science: An illustrious past and a highly promising future

Saito, S. & Towse, J. 2007 In : Psychologia. 50, p. 69-75

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2006

Individual differences in working memory.

Towse, J. N. & Jarrold, C. 1/01/2006 In : Neuroscience. 139(1), p. 39-50 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2005

Because it's there! Why some children count, rather than infer numerical relationships.

Muldoon, K. P., Lewis, C. & Towse, J. N. 07/2005 In : Cognitive Development. 20, 3, p. 472-491 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Working memory period: the endurance of mental representations.

Towse, J. N., Hamilton, Z., Hitch, G. J. & Peacock, K. 1/01/2005 In : Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology Series a Human Experimental Psychology. 58, 3, p. 547-571 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2004

Working memory and its relevance for cognitive development.

Towse, J. N. & Cowan, N. 11/2004 Young children's cognitive development : interrelationships among executive functioning, working memory, verbal ability and theory of mind. Schneider, W., Schumann-Hengsteler, R. & Sodian, B. (eds.). Mahwah, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, p. 9-37 29 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2003

Review of ‘Lifespan development of human memory’.

Towse, J. N. 10/2003 In : Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology Series a Human Experimental Psychology. 56, 7, p. 1244-1246 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Children's Working-Memory Processes: A Response-Timing Analysis.

Towse, J. N., Cowan, N., Hamilton, Z. & Saults, J. S. 1/01/2003 In : Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. 132(1), p. 113-132 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2002

On the nature of the relationship between processing activity and item retention in children.

Towse, J. N., Hitch, G. J. & Hutton, U. M. Z. 06/2002 In : Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. 82, 2, p. 156-184 29 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2001

Short-term memory and working memory as indices of children’s cognitive skills.

Hutton, U. M. Z. & Towse, J. N. 07/2001 In : Memory. 9, 4-6, p. 383-394 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

What limits children's working memory span? Theoretical accounts and applications for scholastic development.

Towse, J. N., Hitch, G. J. & Hutton, F. 1/01/2001 In : Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. 130(2), p. 184-198 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Combining representations in working memory: A brief report.

Towse, J. N. & Houston-Price, C. M. T. 2001 In : British Journal of Developmental Psychology. 19, 3, p. 319-324 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2000

Memory limits : give us an answer!

Towse, J. N. 02/2000 In : Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 24, 1, p. 150-151 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

On the interpretation of working memory span in adults.

Towse, J. N., Hitch, G. J. & Hutton, U. 2000 In : Memory and Cognition. 28, 3, p. 341-348 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1999

Developmental sensitivity to temporal grouping effects in short-term memory.

Towse, J. N., Hitch, G. J. & Skeates, S. 06/1999 In : International Journal of Behavioural Development. 23, 2, p. 391-411 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The resource king is dead! Long live the resource king!

Towse, J. N., Hitch, G. J. & Hutton, U. 02/1999 In : Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 22, 1, p. 111-111 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1998

A re-evaluation of working memory capacity in children.

Towse, J. N., Hitch, G. J. & Hutton, U. 1998 In : Journal of Memory and Language. 39, 2, p. 195-217 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1997

Integrating information in object counting: a role for a central coordinating process?

Towse, J. N. & Hitch, G. J. 1997 In : Cognitive Development. 12, 3, p. 393-422 30 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1996

Performance demands in the selection of objects for counting.

Towse, J. N. & Hitch, G. J. 1996 In : Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. 61, 1, p. 67-79 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1995

Is there a relationship between task demand and storage space in tests of working memory capacity?

Towse, J. N. & Hitch, G. J. 1995 In : The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology . 48, 1, p. 108-124 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Temporal effects in immediate verbal memory: a combined experimental/modelling approach.

Malloch, M., Shapiro, J., Hitch, G. J., Culpin, V. & Towse, J. N. 1995 In : Language & Cognitive Processes. 10, 3&4, p. 401-405 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article