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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


Positions Held

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


Teaching Positions

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)


Current Collaborations:

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)

Invited Talks

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)


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