Dr Rumandeep Hayre PhD

Dr Rumandeep Hayre

School of Psychology
Research Fellow

Dr Ruman Hayre conducts research on metacognition, eyewitness memory and cognitive control in children and adults. Ruman uses behavioural measures and statistical modelling techniques to understand developmental changes when dealing with distractions and when being aware of our own episodic memories.




  • PhD in Psychology: Cognitive Control Across the Lifespan, University of Nottingham, 2021
  • Associate Fellow of Higher Education Academic (AFHEA), 2019
  • MSc in Psychology Research Methods, University of Nottingham, 2017
  • BSc (Hons) in Psychology, University of Nottingham, 2016


Ruman completed her undergraduate BSc in Psychology at the University of Nottingham, UK in 2016. She continued her postgraduate studies in Nottingham and completed an MSc in Psychology Research Methods in 2017 and a PhD in Psychology in 2021, under the supervision of Dr Harriet Allen and Dr Lucy Cragg. Her PhD investigated the development of cognitive control across the lifespan where she developed a modified cued visual search task to measure attentional and distracter-inhibition abilities in children and adults. 

Currently, Ruman is working as a postdoctoral research fellow with the Applied Memory Lab under the supervision of Dr Melissa Colloff. Ruman is currently exploring what metacognitive cues (e.g. confidence ratings, facial/body gestures) in children are the most useful for informing the police about the accuracy of child eyewitness memory.

Postgraduate supervision

Ruman welcomes determined postgraduate and undergraduate students to get in touch if they would like to gain experience with behavioural measures on memory, attention and child development research as well as contribute to research in the Applied Memory Lab.


Ruman’s research interests include:

  • Metacognition and eyewitness testimony in children and adults
  • Signal detection theory and episodic memory
  • Cognitive control and attentional capture in children and adults

Other activities

  • Co-Opted School Governor for Shelton Junior School (2022 – present)
  • Research partnership with Operation Encompass (2022 – present) – a charity dedicated to supporting children who are victims or exposed to domestic abuse
  • Seminar & Event Co-Organiser for the UoB Centre for Developmental Science group (2021 – present)
  • Treasurer Assistant for the Applied Vision Association (2018 – 2021) – a charity which supports students and early-career researchers to conduct vision-based research