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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.'

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Research Coordinator

The University of Sheffield

July 2022 - Present

In a project titled "Cognitive Training Effects Across the Adult Lifespan: A Diffusion Modelling Approach", funded by the ESRC Open Research Area VI Call. The project explores how attentional training might improve speed of processing, and how its benefits might change across the lifespan.

This project is in collaboration with Prof Tilo Strobach (Medical School Hamburg, Germany) and Prof Sylvie Belleville (Université de Montréal, Canada).

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 created 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 how to run a Tatool Web experiment with Prolific. ​


The University of Sheffield

Supervised and marked the research projects of two MSc students in the Cognitive Neuroscience and Human Neuroimaging program.

2021 - Present

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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.

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Äkäslompolo, Finland
April 2022

Sheffield, UK
September 2022



Boston, USA

November 2022

Porto, Portugal

September 2023

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