Dr Lucy G. Cheke
University Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge
Education and Qualifications
2008-2012 University of Cambridge (Downing College)
MRC-funded PhD in the Department of Experimental Psychology (“Episodic Cognition: What is it, Where is it and When does it Develop?”)
2005-2008 University of Cambridge (Downing College)
BA in the Department of Experimental Psychology – 1st Class
2015 – Present University Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Cambridge University
2012 – 2015 Sarah Woodhead Junior Research Fellowship, Girton College, Cambridge University
Investigations of Episodic Memory and its neural correlates in Obesity, and the relative contribution of diet, exercise and body-fat to individual differences in Episodic Memory
Developed novel computer-based memory test (“Treasure-Hunt Task”)
Establishing norms for the Treasure-Hunt Task in a variety of populations e.g. older/younger adults, 6-12 year-old children, lean/overweight, individuals with sub-clinical indicators of mental illness
2008-2012 PhD in Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Cambridge
Supervisor: N. Clayton
Investigated Episodic Memory and Episodic Foresight in Eurasian Jays, 4-7 year-old children, healthy and obese human adults.
Investigated Causal Reasoning in Eurasian Jays and 4-10 year-old children
Investigated state-attribution in Eurasian Jays
12/2015 Cambridge/ISSF Wellcome award (£54,760)
07/2014 EPS Small Grant (PI; £2,480)
10/2012 Girton College Junior Research Fellowship
07/2012 MRC Centenary Young Investigator’s Award (PI; £17,000)
09/2008 MRC Doctoral Training Grant
2015-present University Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Cambridge.
2014-2015 Affiliated Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Cambridge.
2014-present Course Organiser: NSTII Experimental Psychology “Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology”
2015 Naked Scientists, Have Your Say (BBC Worldwide), BBC Radio Cambridgeshire
2014 Newsround (CBBC)
2012: Today Programme (BBC Radio 4), BBC Worldwide News, BBC Radio Birmingham, ITV News Anglia, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire
Research Featured in:
2014 Inside the Animal Mind (BBC2)
2013 The One Show (BBC1)
2012 Super Smart Animals (BBC1)
2010 The Search For Life (BBC4)
University of Cambridge:
Professor N. Clayton (Comparative Cognition Lab)
Dr. J. Simons (Memory Lab)
Dr. K. Plaisted-Grant (Autism Lab),
Cambridge Amnesia Consortium (incl. representatives from Psychology (e.g. J. Simons), MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit (e.g. R. Henson) and Addenbrookes hospital (e.g. G. Browne, E. Woodberry)),
Dr. D. Belin (Pharmacology),
Dr. G. Yeo (MRC Institute of Metabolic Science).
Dr Amy Ahern (MRC epidemiology unit)
12/2015 MRC Division of Neuroscience, Dundee – Food For Thought: A Neurocognitive Exploration of Memory in Obesity
03/2014 MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit, Bristol – Obesity, Hippocampal Function and Memory: A Vicious Cycle?
11/2013 MRC Centenary Award Symposium – The Amnesic Effects of Obesity: Episodic Memory Deficits Revealed in Young, Healthy Overweight Individuals
08/2013 International Ethological Conference, Gateshead - Three Strikes and You’re Out: A Multi-Dimensional Refutation of the Bischof-Köhler Hypothesis
04/2013 Meeting of the Experimental Psychology Society, Lancaster - Are Mental Time Travel Researchers singing from the same Hymn sheet?
02/2012 Department of Zoology, Cambridge - How does the Eurasian Jay learn about the Aesop’s Fable Task?
08/2011 Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour Meeting, St. Andrews – Avian Archimedes, What can the Eurasian Jay learn about the Aesop’s Fable Task?
08/2009 International Ethological Conference, Rennes - Tool Use and Physical Cognition in the Eurasian Jay (Garrulus Glandarius)