Dr Jon Catling BSc, PGCE, PhD

Jon Catling

School of Psychology
Associate Professor
Deputy Director of UG Studies
Student Enhancement & Outreach

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School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Dr Jon Catling is an Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Psychology, and is an expert in research design and analysis.  His research interests cover three main areas:  Language acquisition, especially the impact of the ‘Age of Acquisition’ of language; Resilience and the relationship between mental health, faith and academic attainment in young people; and the relationship between cognitive and physical functioning, mental health and the immune system in older adults.

Qualifications

  • PhD (Birmingham)
  • PGCE (Cambridge)
  • PGDip CBT (Birmingham)
  • BSc Psychology and Artificial Intelligence (Birmingham)

Biography

Dr Jon Catling completed a PhD at the University of Birmingham investigating the ‘age of acquisition’ effect within a range of perceptual, semantic and phonological tasks. He then went on to a Lectureship at the University of Worcester for 6 years, before returning as a Lecturer to the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham in September 2011. He became a Senior Lecturer within the School in 2013.

Teaching

Dr Jon Catling teaches Research Methods at Undergraduate level

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Jon Catling currently supervises a PhD student who is assessing the impact of mobile ‘Brain training’  Apps on the cognitive, physical and immune functioning of older people. 

He also supervises a PhD that is assessing the Psychological factors predicting academic achievement at International Branch Campuses. 

He is always interested to hear from any prospective PhD students who have ideas for a research project within his fields of research.

Research

Dr Jon Catling is an expert in research design and analysis. 

His research interests cover three main areas:  

  1. Language acquisition, especially the impact of the ‘Age of Acquisition’ of language;
  2. Resilience and the relationship between mental health, faith and academic attainment in young people
  3. The relationship between cognitive and physical functioning, mental health and the immune system in older adults.

Other activities

  • Principal Fellow of the HEA

  • Member of the Undergraduate Education Committee of the British Psychological Society

  •  Manuscript reviewer for the journals Visual Cognition, the European Journal of Cognitive Psychology, Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, Human Brain Mapping, Computers in human behavior and Psychology Teaching Review.

  • Grant reviewer for the ESRC and Higher Education Academy

Publications

Recent publications

Article

Sutton, E, Catling, J, Segaert, K & Veldhuijzen Van Zanten, J 2022, 'Cognitive Health Worries, Reduced Physical Activity and Fewer Social Interactions Negatively Impact Psychological Wellbeing in Older Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic', Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 13, 823089. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2022.823089

Catling, J, Pymont, CP, Johnston, RA, Elsherif, M, Clark, R & Kendall, E 2021, 'Age of Acquisition effects in recognition without identification tasks', Memory, vol. 29, no. 5, pp. 662-674 . https://doi.org/10.1080/09658211.2021.1931695

Elsherif, MM & Catling, JC 2021, 'Age of acquisition effects on the decomposition of compound words', Journal of Cognitive Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1080/20445911.2021.2013246

Catling, J & Elsherif, M 2020, 'The hunt for the Age of Acquisition effect: It’s in the links!', Acta Psychologica, vol. 209. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actpsy.2020.103138

Catling, J & Elsherif, M 2020, 'The hunt for the age of acquisition effect: It's in the links!', Acta Psychologica, vol. 209, pp. 103138. https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/g8by5, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actpsy.2020.103138

Elsherif, M, Catling, J & Frisson, S 2020, 'Two words as one: a multi-naming investigation of the age-of-acquisition effect in compound-word processing', Memory and Cognition, vol. 48, pp. 511-525. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13421-019-00986-6

Robbins, A, Catling, J & Kaye, E 2018, 'Predictors of student resilience in higher education', Psychology Teaching Review, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 44-52. <https://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ1180345>

Easey, KE, Catling, JC, Kent, C, Crouch, C, Jackson, S, Munafò, MR & Attwood, AS 2018, 'State anxiety and information processing: A 7.5% carbon dioxide challenge study', Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 732-738. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13423-017-1413-6

Edwards, T, Catling, J & Parry, E 2016, 'Identifying predictors of resilience in students', Psychology Teaching Review, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 26-34. <https://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ1146583>

Catling, J, Attwood, A, Kwong, ASF & Munafo, MR 2015, 'Effects of 7.5% carbon dioxide (CO2) inhalation and ethnicity on face memory', Physiology and Behavior, vol. 147, pp. 97-101. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.physbeh.2015.04.027

Cheng, V & Catling, J 2015, 'The role of resilience, delayed gratification and stress in predicting academic performance', Psychology Teaching Review, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 13-24. <https://shop.bps.org.uk/psychology-teaching-review-vol-21-no-1-spring-2015>

Catling, J, Dent, K, Preece, E & Johnston, R 2013, 'Age-of-acquisition effects in novel picture naming: a laboratory analogue', The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, vol. 66, no. 9, pp. 1756-63. https://doi.org/10.1080/17470218.2013.764903

Catling, J, South, F & Dent, K 2013, 'The effect of age of acquisition on older individuals with and without cognitive impairments', The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, vol. 66, no. 10, pp. 1963-73. https://doi.org/10.1080/17470218.2013.771689

Letter

Parker, R, Catling, J, Ferguson, J & Neuberger, JM 2014, 'Patient and public attitudes regarding selection for liver transplantation: Caution in public and patient input into transplant service design', Transplantation, vol. 97, no. 4, pp. e27-e28. https://doi.org/10.1097/01.TP.0000441095.22471.ed

Paper

Catling, J & Dent, K 2009, 'Age of acquisition, word frequency, and picture - word interference', Paper presented at Meeting of the Experimental Psychology Society, 1/01/09.

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