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Ella James
Research staff, Emotion group

ella.james@mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk
01223 355 294

I was an Investigator Scientist working in the Emotional Disorders and Mental Imagery group (Scientific Supervisor: Emily Holmes). My research is on psychological trauma and involuntary mental images with a focus on developing interventions to reduce involuntary images of trauma using cognitive tasks.

Before joining the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit I was based at the University of Oxford Department of Psychiatry where I completed my PhD (2014) ‘Exploring the use of Tetris as a post-trauma ‘cognitive vaccine’: From memory consolidation to reconsolidation’ funded by a Colt Foundation Fellowship and supervised by Prof Emily Holmes, Prof John Geddes and Dr Elizabeth Tunbridge.

Publications

Holmes, E. A., Ghaderi, A., Eriksson, E., Lauri, K. O., Kukacka, O. M., Mamish, M., James, E. L. & Visser, R. M. (2017). “I can’t concentrate”: A feasibility study with young refugees in Sweden on developing science-driven interventions for intrusive memories related to trauma. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 45(2), 97-109. doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/S135246581600062X (view article)

James, E. L., Lau-Zhu, A., Clark, I. A., Visser, R. M., Hagenaars, M. A., & Holmes, E. A. (2016) The trauma film paradigm as an experimental psychopathology model of psychological trauma: intrusive memories and beyond. Clinical Psychology Review, 47. 106-142. doi: 10.1016/j.cpr.2016.04.010. (view article)

James, E. L., Lau-Zhu, A., Tickle, H., Horsch, A., & Holmes, E. A. (2016) Playing the computer game Tetris prior to viewing traumatic film material and subsequent intrusive memories: examining proactive interference. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 53. 25-33. doi: 10.1016/j.jbtep.2015.11.004 (view article)

James, E. L., Bonsall, M. B., Hoppitt, L., Tunbridge, E. M., Geddes, J. R., Milton, A. L., & Holmes, E. A. (2015). Computer game play reduces intrusive memories of experimental trauma via reconsolidation update mechanisms. Psychological Science, 26(8), 1201-2015. doi: 10.1177/0956797615583071 (view article)

Key data and materials for Computer game-play reduces intrusive memories of experimental trauma via reconsolidation update mechanisms is available from the Open Science Framework: https://osf.io/ideta

Holmes, E. A., James, E. L., Coode-Bate, T., & Deeprose, C. (2009). Can Playing the Computer Game 'Tetris' Reduce the Build-up of Flashbacks for Trauma? A Proposal from Cognitive Science. PLoS ONE, 4(1), e4153 doi:4110.1371/journal.pone.0004153 (view article)

Holmes, E. A., James, E. L., Kilford, E. J., & Deeprose, C. (2010). Key steps in developing a cognitive vaccine against traumatic flashbacks: visuospatial Tetris versus verbal Pub Quiz. PLoS ONE, 5(11), e13706 (view article)

Holmes, E. A., James, E. L., Blackwell, S., & Hales, S. (2011). “They flash upon that inward eye” Mental imagery in the lab and the clinic. The Psychologist. 24(5), 340-343.

Public Engagement

British Science Festival 2015 [Bradford, UK]: Invited presentation to represent the British Psychological Society (BPS): Tetris and fMRI: can we vaccinate your mind against post-traumatic stress? 8th Sept., 2015. Invited talk.

Pint of Science 2014 [Cambridge, UK]: Modifying Memories – Total Recall or Spotless Minds: Can Playing the Computer Game 'Tetris' Reduce the Build-up of Flashbacks for Trauma? 21st May, 2014.

Conferences

45th British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies [BABCP] Annual Conference [Manchester, UK]: Intrusive memories following an analogue trauma: insights from experimental psychopathology. In L. Iyadurai (chair) symposium; Trauma and intrusive memories: emerging approaches to prevention and early intervention. 25-28 July, 2017.

32nd International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) Annual Meeting [Texas, USA]: Intrusive Memories Following Film Footage with Traumatic Content: Insights from Experimental Psychopathology. In D. Garfin (chair) symposium; How does Media Coverage of Traumatic Events Impact the Populace and Those Who Report It? Evidence from Survey and Experimental Research. 9 - 12 November, 2016.

44th Congress of European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (EABCT) [The Hague, Netherlands]: Flashback Development Following Psychological Trauma: From Memory Consolidation to Reconsolidation. In J. Krans (chair) symposium; Memory in psychopathology. 10-13 Sept., 2014.

42nd British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies [BABCP] Annual Conference [Birmingham, UK]: Developing Preventative Strategies to Reduce Flashback Development Following Psychological Trauma: From Memory Consolidation to Reconsolidation. In T. Michaels (chair) symposium; Prevention and treatment strategies for intrusive imagery after traumatic experiences. 22 -25 July, 2014.

Societat Catalana de Neuropsicologia (Neuropsychological Society) 64th scientific meeting [Barcelona. Spain]: Using cognitive tasks to reduce intrusive traumatic memories through memory (re)consolidation mechanisms. In the masterclass symposium, Memory reconsolidation and cognitive rehabilitation. 27 June, 2014.

British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies [BABCP] Spring Conference [London, UK]: Developing a Preventative Treatment for Intrusive Trauma Memories: From Memory Consolidation to Reconsolidation. In the symposium; Trauma across the lifespan. 13 April, 2012.

41st Congress of European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (EABCT) [Reykjavik, Iceland]: Developing Preventative Strategies to Reduce Intrusive Imagery Following Trauma. In M. Hagenaars (Chair) ‘Imagining CBT: the role of mental imagery in treatment.’ 31 Aug., – 3 Sept., 2011.


To go to the Emotional Disorders and Mental Imagery page click here

For a complete list of Emily Holmes' publications click here
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