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Research interests

Lauren's research interest in ageing aims to integrate perception, action, and social cognition to understand age-related performance in everyday-based tasks. Current research activities include determining how normal ageing impacts the control and regulation of action in everyday-based manual action tasks. Lauren is also researching how performance on such action tasks is influenced by social-cognitive factors such as belief systems (e.g., age-related stereotypes). Other areas of interest include age-related issues specific to the ageing workforce (e.g., the increase in prevalence of older entrepreneurs).


Lauren trained in Counselling before achieving a first class honours degree in Applied Psychology from Heriot-Watt (2001), along with the University's premier award; the Watt Club Medal for the Highest Academic Distinction. She gained her PhD in the psychology of ageing while working as an Honorary Research Fellow (Strathclyde University 2001-2005) on a large EPSRC-funded multidisciplinary project investigating the biomechanical and psychological parameters of older people's abilities to carry out a range of everyday tasks. This project aimed to encourage designers to take older people's abilities into account so that they can design everyday household objects that everyone can use ('inclusive' design).Lauren returned to Heriot-Watt in 2005 as Lecturer in Applied Psychology, and gained Chartered Psychologist status in teaching and research. 

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Aptitude Medicine & Life Sciences
Young Adult Medicine & Life Sciences
mood Social Sciences
Statistical Factor Analysis Medicine & Life Sciences
Volunteers Medicine & Life Sciences
Aging of materials Engineering & Materials Science
well-being Social Sciences
Interviews Medicine & Life Sciences

Research Output 2006 2018

How Prior Expectations Influence Older Adults’ Perception and Action During Object Interaction

Buckingham, G., Reid, D. & Potter, L. M., 2018, In : Multisensory Research. 31, 3-4, p. 301-316 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Weights and Measures
Open Access

Aging and performance on an everyday-based visual search task

Potter, L., Grealy, M., Elliott, M. & Andres, P., 1 May 2012, In : Acta Psychologica. 140, 13, p. 208-217 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Healthy ageing, perceived motor-efficacy, and performance on cognitively demanding action tasks

Potter, L. M., Grealy, M. A. & O'Connor, R. C., Feb 2009, In : British Journal of Psychology. 100, 1, p. 49-70 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Statistical Factor Analysis

Aging and inhibition of a prepotent motor response during an ongoing action

Potter, L. M. & Grealy, M. A., Mar 2008, In : Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition. 15, 2, p. 232-255 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Neuropsychological Tests
Young Adult