Professor Caroline Edmonds
Professor of Experimental Psychology
Health and Wellbeing Research Group, Psychology
Caroline Edmonds is Professor of Experimental Psychology at the University of East London (UEL) and Visiting Fellow at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton. Her PhD was at the Department of Psychology at UCL. She then spent 7 years as a Research Fellow at the MRC Childhood Nutrition Research Centre at the Institute of Child Health, UCL, before moving to UEL.
I teach on undergraduate and post graduate
programmes and enjoy supporting our students on their academic journeys. I
supervise research students at all levels.
My academic leadership roles enable the success of others by encouraging a supportive, inclusive environment in the School and University. These roles focus on equality, inclusion and research. I am School Athena SWAN champion, led our recent successful Bronze Award application, and continue to lead the group in its work towards a School Silver application. I have served on the institutional Athena SWAN group since its inception. I also formally and informally mentor staff in both the School and University.
I actively work to build a supportive research environment within which all School research can thrive. For example, I initiated and lead the School’s Writing programme, which has galvanised a change to an enriched research culture in the School and increased journal submissions by participants.
Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Member of the British Feeding and Drinking Group
2001 – PhD Psychology, University College London
1995 – BSc Psychology, First Class Honours, Goldsmith’s College
Visiting Fellow, Clinical Neuroscience, Clinical and Experimental Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton
The focus of my research is to investigate factors that affect cognitive
performance in children and adults, including typically developing children in
schools, and children who suffered adverse events around birth that could
result in brain damage.
Research on hydration aims to explore the effects of drinking water on cognitive performance and mood. This work examines groups “at risk” of dehydration, including children and older adults, and the normal population. Fundamental work has concentrated on the parameters of the effect of water supplementation on cognitive performance, including the particular cognitive processes affected and mechanistic explanations. This research has provided foundations for applied research, for example the association between fluid availability and students’ performance in exams.
Research on long term neurodevelopmental outcome after early difficulties includes the effect of pre- and post-natal nutritional influences on cognition, brain structure and the relationship between the two. Further work includes the investigation of long term neurodevelopmental outcome in children who suffered adverse effects on the peri/neonatal period, or who were born preterm or with intrauterine growth restriction. Current funded projects focus on the long term impact on neurocognitive development in children with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) that was treated with therapeutic hypothermia.
Horbury, S.R., Edmonds, C.J. (2020). Taking class notes by hand compared to typing: effects on children’s recall and understanding. Journal of Research in Childhood Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/02568543.2020.1781307
Edmonds, C.J., Hart, D., Zatorska, A., Gupta, N., Cianfaglione, R. Helps, S., Vollmer, B. (2020). Minor neurological signs and behavioural function at age 2 years in neonatal hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy (HIE). European Journal of Paediatric Neurology. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016%2Fj.ejpn.2020.04.003
Skeete, J., Klamerus, E., Gardner, M.R. (2019). Effect of mouth rinsing and
mouth drying on cognitive performance and mood in adults. Psychological
https://doi.org/10.1007/s00426-019-01229-8 (full text access - https://rdcu.be/bJ8BC)
Vollmer, B., Edmonds, C.J. (2019). School age neurological and cognitive outcomes of fetal growth retardation or small for gestational age birth weight. Frontiers in Endocrinology. Special issue – Causes and consequences of intrauterine growth restriction. https://doi.org/10.3389/fendo.2019.00186
Chard, A., Trinies, V., Edmonds, C.J., Sogore, A., Freeman, M.C. (2019). The impact of water consumption on hydration and cognition among schoolchildren: Methods and results from a crossover trial in rural Mali. PLoS One, 14 (1) e0210568. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0210568
Edmonds, C.J., Harte, N., Gardner, M.R. (2018). How does drinking water affect attention and memory? The effect of mouth rinsing and mouth drying on children's performance.Physiology & Behavior, 194, 233-238. 10.1016/j.physbeh.2018.06.004
Gardner, M.R., Bileviciute, A.,Edmonds, C.J. (2018). Implicit mentalising during level-1 visual perspective-taking indicated by dissociation with attention orienting. Vision, 2, 3. doi:10.3390/vision2010003
Gardner, M.R., Hull, Z., Taylor, D., Edmonds, C.J, (2018). 'Spontaneous' Visual Perspective-Taking Mediated by Attention Orienting that is Voluntary and not Reflexive. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 71(4), 1020-1029. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1080/17470218.2017.1307868
Edmonds, C.J., Crosbie, L., Fatima, F., Hussain, M., Jacob, N., Gardner, M., (2017). Dose-Response Effects of Water Supplementation on Cognitive Performance and Mood in Children and Adults. Appetite, 108, 464-470. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2016.11.011
Rowlatt, G., Bottoms, L., Edmonds, C.J., Buscombe, R. (2016). The effect of carbohydrate mouth rinsing on fencing performance and cognitive function following fatigue-inducing fencing. European Journal of Sport Science, 9, 1-8.
Taylor, Flynn, Edmonds, C.J., Gardner, M.R. (2016). Observed bodies generate object-based spatial codes. Acta Psychologia, 169, 71-78.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actpsy.2016.05.009
Andersson, H., Sinclair, J., Knight, A., Buscombe, R., Edmonds, C.J., Bottoms, L. (2016). The effect of carbohydrate mouth rinse on a 30-minute arm cranking performance. Comparative Exercise Physiology, 12 (1), 41-47.
Benton, D., Braun, H., Cobo, J.C., Edmonds, C., Elmadfa, I., El-Sharkawy, A., Feehally, J., Gellert, R., Holdsworth, J., Kapsokefalou, M., Kenney, W.L., Leiper, J.B., Macdonald, I.A., Maffeis, C., Maughan,
R.J., Shirreffs, S.M., Toth-Heyn, P., Watson, P. (2015). Executive summary and conclusions from the European Hydration Institute expert conference on human hydration, health, and performance. Nutrition Reviews, 73 (S2), 148-150. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/nutrit/nuv056
Gardner, M.R., Brazier, M. Edmonds, C.J, Gronholm, P.C. (2013). Strategy modulates spatial perpective-taking: evidence for dissociable disembodied and embodied routes Frontiers in Human Neuroscience; Perspective Taking: building a neurocognitive framework for integrating the “social” and the “spatial”. http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2013.00457
Ranpura, A., Isaacs, E., Edmonds, C.J., Rogers, M., Lanigan, J., Singhal, A., Clayden, J., Clark, C., Butterworth, B. (2013). Developmental trajectories of grey and white matter in dyscalculia. Trends in Neuroscience and Education, 2, 56-64. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tine.2013.06.007
Edmonds, C.J., Crombie, R., Gardner, M.R. (2013). Subjective thirst moderates changes in speed of responding associated with water consumption. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience; Nutritional influences on human neurocognitive functioning,7:363. http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2013.00363
Pawson, C., Gardner, M.R., Doherty, S., Martin, L., Soares, R, Edmonds, C.J. (2013). Fluid availability is associated with enhanced examination performance in adults. Psychology Teaching Review, 19 (1), Spring 2013.
Edmonds, C.J., Gardner, M.R., Crombie, R., Bailleux, H. & Dawkins, L. (2013). Water consumption and cognition: the role of expectancy. Appetite, 60, 148-153. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2012.10.016
Booth, P, Taylor, B., Edmonds,
C.J. (2012). Water supplementation improves visual attention and fine motor
skills in schoolchildren. Education and Health, 30 (3), 75-79.
Gardner, M.R., Sorhus, I., Edmonds,
C.J., & Potts, R. (2012). Sex differences in imagined spatial
transformations of the human body. Acta Psychologica, 140, 1-6.
Gronholm, P.C., Flynn, M., Edmonds,
C.J. & Gardner, M.R. (2012). Empathic and non-empathic routes to visuospatial
perspective taking. Consciousness and Cognition, 21, 494-500.
Dawkins, L., Shahzad, F-Z, Ahmed, S.S., Edmonds, C.J. et al (2011). Effects of caffeine and expectancy on mood and behaviour. Appetite, 57, 597-600. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2011.07.011
Fewtrell, M., Edmonds, C.J., Isaacs, E., Bishop, N. Lucas, A. (2011). Aluminium exposure from parenteral nutrition in preterm infants and later health outcomes. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 70 (3), 299-304. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0029665111000498
Edmonds, C.J. (2010). Does having a drink of water help children think? A summary of some recent findings. School Health, 6 (5), 58-60.
Edmonds, C.J., Isaacs, E.B, Cole, T.J., Rogers, M., Lanigan, J., Singhal, A., Gringras, P., Denton, J., & Lucas, A. (2010). The effect of intrauterine growth on verbal IQ scores in childhood: A study of monozygotic twins. Pediatrics, 126 (5), e1095-e1101. http://dx.doi.org/10.1542/peds.2008-3684
Edmonds, C.J. & Jeffes, B. (2009). Does having a drink help you think? 6–7 year old children show improvements in cognitive performance from baseline to test after having a drink of water. Appetite, 53, 469-472. doi:10.1016/j.appet.2009.10.002
Fewtrell, M.S., Bishop, N.J., Edmonds, C.J., Isaacs, E.B. & Lucas, A.L. (2009). Aluminium exposure from intravenous feeding solutions and later bone health: 15 year follow-up of a randomised trial in preterm infants. Pediatrics, 124, 1372-1379. http://dx.doi.org/10.1542/peds.2009-0783
Edmonds, C.J. & Burford, D. (2009). Should
children drink more water? The effects of drinking water on cognition in
children. Appetite, 52, 776-779.
Edmonds, C.J., Isaacs, E.B., Visscher, P.M., Rogers, M., Lanigan, J., Singhal, A., Lucas, A., Butterworth, B., Gringras, P., Denton, J., & Deary, I.J. (2008). Inspection Time and cognitive abilities in twins aged 7 to 17 years: development, heritability and genetic covariance. Intelligence,36, 210-225. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.intell.2007.05.004
Edmonds,C.J. & Pring, L. (2006). Generating inferences from written and spoken language: a comparison of children with visual impairment and children with sight. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 24, 337-351. http://dx.doi.org/10.1348/026151005X35994
Isaacs, E.B., Edmonds, C.J., Chong, W.K., Lucas, A., Morley, R.,
& Gadian, D.G. (2004) Brain
morphometry and IQ measurements in preterm children. Brain, 127,
Isaacs, E.B., Edmonds,
C.J., Chong, W.K., Lucas, A. & Gadian, D.G. (2003). Cortical anomalies associated with
visuospatial processing deficits. Annals
of Neurology, 53, 468-773.
Isaacs, E.B., Edmonds,
C.J., Lucas, A. & Gadian, D.G. (2001). Calculation difficulties in
children of very low birthweight: a neural correlate. Brain, 124, 1701-1707.
I contribute to Developmental Psychology modules on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. I supervise research students at all levels, including BSc, MSc, PhD and Professional Doctorates.