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Dr Catherine MacLeod

Research Officer

Tel: 01248 388030
E-mail: c.a.macleod@bangor.ac.uk

Research Interests:

Catherine MacLeod is a Research Officer working on the Cognitive Function and Ageing Study Wales (CFAS-Wales), a longitudinal cohort study that aims to address key questions about maintaining function and well-being in later life. As part of this project Catherine is looking at social exclusion in older adults, investigating what pushes the older population into, or protects them from poverty, isolation and exclusion.

Catherine is also interested in the study of memory and cognition, particularly, how memory works, how it changes and why it fails. An important step to answering these questions is to understand the way in which cognition differs between individuals and how it changes over the lifespan, looking at factors that change cognitive function, and those that help to maintain it. Catherine completed her PhD at the University of Stirling where she investigated individual differences in episodic memory, examining the role of behaviour, genetics and brain activity.

 

Publications:

Saville, C.W.N., Beckles, K.D.O., MacLeod, C.A., Feige, B., Biscaldi, M., Beauducel, A. & Klein, C. (2015). A neural analogue of the worst performance rule: Insights from single-trial event-related potentials. Intelligence. (In Press).

MacLeod, C.A., & Donaldson, D.I. (2014). PRKCA polymorphism changes the neural basis of episodic remembering in healthy individuals. PLoS ONE 9(5): e98018. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0098018.

MacLeod, C.A. (2011). Maintaining function and well-being in later life: A longitudinal cohort study (CFAS Wales). Signpost: Journal of Dementia and Mental Health Care of Older People, 16 (1), 23-24.

 

Conference Presentations:

MacLeod, C.A., Ross, A., Windle, G., Sacker, A., Netuveli, & Webb, E. Determinants of Social Participation in Later Life. Oral presentation at the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics European Region Congress, April 2015. Dublin, IE.

MacLeod, C.A., Ross, A., Windle, G., Sacker, A., Netuveli, & Webb, E. Conceptualising Social Participation in Later Life: Reflections on Secondary Data Analysis. Invited speaker at the Social Exclusion and Social Participation in Contemporary Europe, November 2014. Kaunas, LT

MacLeod, C.A. Well-being in later life: Insights from the Cognitive Function and Ageing Study Wales (CFAS-Wales). Symposium Chair at the British Society of Gerontology Annual Meeting, September 2014. Southampton, UK.

MacLeod, C.A. Cognitive Function & Ageing Studies. Guest speaker at the NeuroSKILL workshop: Neuroimaging in Dementia, June 2014. Bangor, UK.

MacLeod, C.A., & Windle, G. Evaluating arts interventions in dementia care: A methodological review. Poster presentation at the British Society of Gerontology Annual Meeting, September 2013. Oxford, UK.

MacLeod, C.A., & Donaldson, D.I. Genetic Contributions to the Neural Basis of Remembering. Oral presentation at the Davis Mini Conference, University of California: Davis, April 2013. Davis, USA.

MacLeod, C.A., & Donaldson, D.I. Alzheimer’s gene APOE modulates neural activity associated with recognition memory retrieval of pictures in healthy young participants. Poster presentation at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting, April 2013. San Francisco, USA.

MacLeod, C.A., & Windle, G. Dementia and Imagination: Implications for Research, Policy and Practice. Oral presentation, at the 7th UK Dementia Congress, November 2012. Brighton, UK.

MacLeod, C.A., & Donaldson, D.I. Recognizing words is not the same as recognizing pictures: Investigating the material specificity of ERP correlates of episodic memory in a large sample. Poster presentation, at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting, April 2012. Chicago, USA.

MacLeod, C.A., & Donaldson, D.I. Does brain activity provide a reliable biomarker for episodic memory retrieval? Poster presentation at the 5th International Conference on Memory, August 2011. York, UK.

MacLeod, C.A. & Donaldson, D.I. Recognition memory performance correlates with left-frontal, not parietal old/new ERP effects. Poster presentation at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, November 2010. San Diego, USA.

MacLeod, C.A. & Donaldson, D.I. Can findings from laboratory based recognition memory studies generalise to memory for actual experiences? Poster presentation at the Annual SenseCam Symposium, September 2010. Dublin, IE.

MacLeod, C.A. & Donaldson, D.I. Decision bias and old/new ERP effects of recognition memory. Poster presentation at the Federation of European Neurosciences Forum, July 2010. Amsterdam, NL.

MacLeod, C.A. & Donaldson, D.I. Investigating Individual Differences in Episodic Memory: What do the Neural Correlates of Recognition Reveal? Poster presentation, Scottish Imaging Network (SINAPSE) Annual Meeting, June 2010. Edinburgh, UK.

MacLeod, C.A. & Donaldson, D.I. Investigating Individual Differences in Episodic Memory: What do the Neural Correlates of Recognition Reveal? Poster presentation at the British Society for the Psychology of Individual Differences Inaugural Conference, April 2010. Edinburgh, UK.

MacLeod, C.A. & Donaldson, D.I. Episodic recognition memory for faces: Event-Related Potential evidence that the typical neural correlates of familiarity and recollection are not universal. Poster presentation at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, October 2009. Chicago, USA.

MacLeod, C.A., Wheeler, M.E. & Donaldson, D.I. Examining Recognition Memory Processes Using a Slow-Reveal Paradigm: A Response-Locked Event-Related Potential Study. Poster presentation at the Scottish Imaging Network (SINAPSE) Annual Meeting, June 2009. Edinburgh, UK.

MacLeod, C.A., Wheeler, M.E. & Donaldson, D.I. Examining Recognition Memory Processes Using a Slow-Reveal Paradigm: A Response-Locked Event-Related Potential Study. Poster presentation at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting, March 2009. San Francisco, USA.

MacLeod, C.A. & Donaldson, D.I. Investigating the neural correlates of recognition memory using a response-locked procedure. Oral Presentation at the Cognitive Electrophysiology UK Seminar, August 2008. Stirling, UK.

 

 

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