Eleanor Hyde

First Year PhD Student at The University of Sheffield

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

Favourite video game: at the moment it's No Man's Sky.

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Research and Experience

The University of Sheffield

PhD Psychology

Research Project: my research follows on from my MSc project, investigating how expertise in AVGs impacts cognition. Supervised by Dr Claudia von Bastian and Dr Robert Schmidt.

Additional Roles:

  • Postgraduate Research Student in Cognitive Ability and Plasticity Lab (CAP-Lab)

  • Postgraduate Psychology Representative.

  • Inclusion Officer for Postgraduate Psychology Society (PGPS).

  • Supervisor at Meltdown, a gaming and esports bar in the city centre. 

The University of Sheffield

MSc Cognitive Neuroscience and Human Neuroimaging
- Distinction -

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. 

The University of Hull

BSc Psychology
- 2:1 -

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.