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Dominic Guitard

Dr Dominic Guitard


School of Psychology

Tower Building, Room 8.09, 70 Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT
Available for postgraduate supervision


Research Summary

When shopping for ingredients for a recipe, it is essential to pick up each ingredient without being too distracted by thinking about the order in which the ingredients will be assembled; whereas when all ingredients are laid out on the kitchen counter, there are strong cues indicating the ingredients and attention should be shifted primarily to the order in which these ingredients are to be used. This simple example highlights the two fundamental traits of memory, item information (which ingredients to buy in the example) and order information (order of the ingredient in the example).

Item and order information are omnipresent in our life and essential for performing our daily activities (e.g., taking our medications). Beyond the important practical implications, how we can remember items in presented order, is one of the oldest unanswered questions of experimental psychology.

In my research, I am conducting experimental and computational examinations to better understand that question. More exactly, I investigate how people can learn, maintain, and remember information in order and which factors affect item and order information (e.g., attention, semantic, emotion, lexical, sub-lexical, recall direction, irrelevant information, dual-task).

I am particularly interested in the problem of attention allocation, memory, language, prior knowledge, and knowledge representations. My theoretical goal is to develop a coherent account of memory, attention, learning, and language. My applied goal is to inform the development of educational practices and cognitive technologies.












Teaching Summary

At the UG level, I teach on the module for the Year 2 Thinking, Emotion and Consciousness (PS2023) and I also give Year 2 academic tutorials.

At the PG level, I am contributing to the supervision of the research project module (PST723), and act as a personal tutor.


2018-2021: PhD in Psychology, Université de Moncton

2016-2018: Master of Arts in Psychology, Université de Moncton

2013-2016: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Université de Moncton

Academic positions

2022 - present: Lecturer, School of Psychology, Cardiff University

2021 - 2022: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (NSERC), Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Missouri

Committees and reviewing

Ad-hoc reviewer:

Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, Journal of Cognition, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, Memory & Cognition, Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, Cognitive Processing, Cognitive Science, Acta Psychologica, Memory, The International Journal of Aerospace Psychology, Language & Cognition, Cognition.