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Eleanor Hyde

PhD Student and Research Coordinator
The University of Sheffield

My research explores how playing First Person Shooter (FPS) games impacts cognition. I am particularly interested in the popular FPS game Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO), and how differing levels of expertise in CS: GO may impact cognitive performance. 

I am also a Research Coordinator on an international cognitive training project titled 'Cognitive Training Effects Across the Adult Lifespan: A Diffusion Modelling Approach.'




Research Coordinator
The University of Sheffield

July 2022 - Present

Research Assistant

The University of Sheffield

31 May 2022 - 31 July 2022

Tatool Web is a free, open-source research software package for implementing and conducting online and offline behavioural experiments (von Bastian et al., 2013). However, feedback suggests that new users struggle to get started using Tatool.

In this role, I developed a series of video tutorials which helped make Tatool Web more accessible to novice users. Tutorials covered how to install Tatool Web, combine a Tatool Web experiment with a Qualtrics Survey, and run a Tatool Web experiment with Prolific. ​


The University of Sheffield

Supervision and marking of two Research Projects from MSc students in the Cognitive Neuroscience and Human Neuroimaging programme. Both projects investigated the cognitive correlates of action video game play: the first assessed processing speed and working memory, and the second assessed processing speed and Hebbian learning. I plan to supervise another student this academic year, assessing Hebbian learning in expert action video game players.

2021 - Present


PhD Psychology

The University of Sheffield

2021 - Present

Research Project: investigation of how FPS play impacts cognitive performance and learning. Supervised by Dr Claudia von Bastian, Dr Dan Carroll and Dr Robert Schmidt.

Additional Roles:

  • Member of the Cognitive Ability and Plasticity Lab

  • Academic Representative 2021-2023

  • Inclusion Officer for Postgraduate Psychology Society 2021/2022

  • Member of the Research Culture Steering Board 

MSc Cognitive Neuroscience and Human Neuroimaging

The University of Sheffield


Modules: Fundamentals of Neuroscience, Fundamentals of Cognition, Neuroimaging 1 & 2, Neuro-Anatomy, Systems Neuroscience, Data Analysis and Visualisation.

Research Project: Action video gamers’ task switching and processing speed abilities: a mixed method investigation. Supervised by Dr Claudia von Bastian.​ Read more about this project here. 

BSc Psychology

The University of Hull


Modules: Research Skills 1-4, Neuropsychology, Neuroscience Techniques, Cognition and Development 1&2, Brain and Behaviour 1&2, Social Psychology and Individual Differences 1&2, Global Challenge, Psychological Wellbeing and Distress, The Social Brain and Autism, Psychology and Health.

Research Project: An investigation into attentional bias towards academic threat words among high and low test anxious university students. Supervised by Dr Henning Holle.


Äkäslompolo, Finland
April 2022


Sheffield, UK
September 2022


Boston, USA
November 2022

Porto, Portugal

September 2023

San Francisco, USA

November 2023


Faculty of Psychology, 
Universitas Indonesia
October 2023

"Cognitive correlates of first-person shooter gaming"

BTEC Esports, Sheffield United Community College
November 2023

"Researching Videogaming & Esports as a Window to Cognitive Plasticity"

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