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Eleanor Hyde

PhD Student and Research Coordinator at 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 skills such as processing speeds. 

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

My favourite video games at the moment are No Man's Sky, Valheim and Stardew Valley.

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July 2022 - Present

Research Coordinator - The University of Sheffield

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).

2021 - Present

PhD Psychology  - The University of Sheffield

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

Additional Roles:

  • Member of the Cognitive Ability and Plasticity Lab (CAP Lab)

  • GTA in Tatool-web project, making Tatool more accessible for novice users via video tutorials.

  • Academic Representative 2021-2023

  • Inclusion Officer for Postgraduate Psychology Society 2021/2022


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 Sheffield

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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