People

Joni Holmes
Research staff, Memory and perception group

joni.holmes@mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk
01223 273765
  • Working memory, executive function and attention
  • Dimensional approaches to understanding cognitive developmental disorders
  • Cognitive training

I am the Head of the Centre for Attention Learning and Memory, a developmental research facility at the Cognition & Brain Sciences Unit that specialises in understanding the cognitive, neural and genetic dimensions of learning difficulties (see http://calm.mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk/).  
      Publications
        • Waterman, A., Atkinson, A., Aslam, S., Holmes, J., Jaroslawska, A., & Allen, R. (2017). Do actions speak louder than words? Examining children’s ability to follow instructions. Memory and Cognition, in press.
       
        • Yang T., Allen R., Holmes J., Chan R.C.K. (2017). Following instructions in attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): The benefits of action at presentation and recall. Frontiers in Developmental Psychology, in press.
       
        • Holmes, J., Byrne, E., Gathercole, S.E., & Ewbank, M.P. (2016). Transcranial random noise does not enhance the effects of working memory training. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 28, 1471-1483.
       
        • Hawkins, E., Gathercole S.E, Astle D., Holmes J. (2016). Language problems and ADHD symptoms: How specific are the links?. Brain Sciences, 6 (4), 50
       
        • Gathercole, S.E., Woolgar, F., the CALM Team, Manly, T., Astle, D., Kievit, R., & Holmes, J. (2016). How common are WM deficits in children with difficulties in reading and mathematics? Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 5 (4), 384-394
       
        • Jaroslawska, A. J., Gathercole, S. E., Allen, R., & Holmes, J. (2016). Following instructions from working memory: Why does action at encoding and recall help? Memory & Cognition, 44: 1183-1191.
       
        • Jaroslawska, A. J., Gathercole, S. E., Logie, M. R., & Holmes, J. (2016). Following instructions in a virtual school: Does working memory play a role? Memory & Cognition, 44, 580-589.
       
        • Holmes, J., Butterfield, S., Cormack, F., van Loenhoud, A., Ruggero, L., Kashikar, L., & Gathercole, S.E. (2015). Improving working memory in children with low language abilities, Frontiers in Developmental Psychology, 6, 519.
       
        • Holmes, J., Hilton, K.A., Place, M., Alloway, T.P., Elliott, J.G., & Gathercole, S.E. (2014). Children with low working memory and children with ADHD: same or different? Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8, 976.
       
        • Gathercole, S.E., & Holmes, J. (2014). Developmental impairments of working memory: Profiles and interventions. Perspectives on Language and Literacy, 40, 36.
       
        • Dunning, D.L., & Holmes, J. (2014). Does working memory training promote the use of strategies on untrained working memory tasks? Memory & Cognition, DOI: 10.3758/s13421-014-0410-5.
       
        • Zirk-Sadowski, J., Szucs, D., & Holmes, J. (2013). Content specificity in verbal short-term and verbal working memory. PLoS One, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0079528.
       
        • Dunning, D.L., Holmes, J., & Gathercole, S.E. (2013).Does working memory training improve the classroom performance of children with poor working memory? A randomised controlled trial. Developmental Science, 16, 915-25.
       
        • Holmes, J., & Gathercole, S.E. (2013). Taking working memory training from the laboratory into schools. Educational Psychology, 34, 440-450.
       
        • Bennett, S., Holmes, J., & Buckley, S. (2013). Computerised memory training leads to sustained improvement in visuo-spatial short term memory skills in children with Down syndrome. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 118, 179-192.
       
        • Gathercole, S.E., Dunning, D.L., & Holmes, J. (2012). Cogmed training: Let's be realistic about intervention research. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 1, 201-203.
       
        • Holmes, J. (2012). Working memory and learning difficulties. Dyslexia Review, 23, 7-10.
       
        • Holmes, J. (2011). Baby Brain: Training executive control in infancy. Current Biology, 21, R684-R685.
       
        • Alloway, T P., Elliott, J., & Holmes, J (2010). The prevalence of ADHD-like symptoms in a community sample. Journal of Attention Disorders, 14, 52-56.
       
        • Holmes, J., Gathercole, S.E., & Dunning, D.L. (2010). Poor working memory: Impact and Interventions. In P.Bauer (Ed.) Advances in Child Development and Behaviour, Volume 39, Developmental Disorders and Interventions, J.Holmes, Academic Press: London, UK, 2010, pp.1-43.
       
        • Elliott, J., Gathercole, S.E., Alloway, T.P., Holmes, J., & Kirkwood, H. (2010). An Evaluation of a Classroom-Based Intervention to Help Overcome Working Memory Difficulties and Improve Long-Term Academic Achievement. Journal of Cognitive Education and Psychology, 9, 227-250.
       
        • Holmes, J., Gathercole, S E., Place, M., Dunning, D L., Hilton, K A., & Elliott, J G (2010). Working memory deficits can be overcome: Impacts of training and medication on working memory in children with ADHD, Applied Cognitive Psychology. 24, 827-836.
       
        • Holmes, J., Gathercole, S E., Place, M., Alloway, T P., Elliott, J G., & Hilton, K A. (2010). The diagnostic utility of executive function assessments in the identification of ADHD in children, Child & Adolescent Mental Health, 15, 37-43.
       
        • Alloway, T P., Gathercole, S E., Holmes, J., Place, M., & Elliott, J (2009). The diagnostic utility of behavioural checklists in identifying children with ADHD and children with working memory deficits. Child Psychiatry & Human Development, 40, 353-366.
       
        • Holmes, J., Gathercole, S E., & Dunning, D L. (2009). Adaptive training leads to sustained enhancement of poor working memory in children, Developmental Science, 12, F9-F15.
       
        • Gathercole, S E., Alloway, T P., Kirkwood, H J., Elliott, J E., Holmes, J., & Hilton, K. (2008). Attentional and executive function behaviours in children with poor working memory. Learning and Individual Differences, 18, 214-223.
       
        • Holmes, J., Adams, J.W., & Hamilton, C J. (2008). Visuo-spatial working memory capacity and children's mathematical skills. European Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 20, 272-289.
       
      • Holmes, J. & Adams, J W. (2006). Working memory and children's mathematical skills: Implications for mathematical development and mathematics curricula. Educational Psychology, 26, 339-366.
     
    • Muncer, S.J., Craigie, M., & Holmes, J. (2003) Meta-Analysis and Power: Some suggestions for the use of power in research synthesis. Understanding Statistics, 2, 1-12.
 
    Grants
      • 2016-2018       Executive functions in affective contexts and emotion regulation capacity in adolescence. MRC Director’s Strategic Fund Award £40k. S. Schweizer, R. Kievit & J. Holmes
     
      • 2013-2015       Remediating reading difficulties: can working memory training really help? British Academy, £10k. J Holmes, D Dunning, S Gathercole
     
      • 2013-2014 Using transcranial electrical stimulation to enhance the effects of cognitive training (£35k). MRC Directors Strategic Fund, J Holmes & M Ewbank.
     
      •  2012-2015 Computerised training of working memory (Cogmed RM) in children who have survived a traumatic brain injury: A randomised controlled trial. (£125K). Action Medical Research. A Adlam, L Shepston, S Gathercole, J Holmes, F Gracey
     
      • 2011-2013 Working memory training (Cogmed RM) following paediatric acquired brain injury: a pilot study (£7k). British Academy: A Adlam, SE Gathercole, J Holmes
     
      • 2010-2011 Making working memory really work (£125k). ESRC: SE Gathercole, J Holmes.
     
      • 2010-2010 The effects of cognitive training on cognitive performance of young people at increased risk of depression: a pilot study. (£7K). Oxfordshire Health Services Research Committee (OHSRC). Z Mannie, P Cowan, J Holmes.
     
      • 2009-2010 Improving working memory for children with Down Syndrome (£44k). Bailey Thomas Charitable Fund: SJ Bennett, S Buckley, J Holmes, SE Gathercole.
     
      • 2007-2008 An evaluation of a computerised working memory training programme in children who receive stimulant medication for ADHD (£125k). British Academy: J Holmes, SE Gathercole.
     
    • 2001-2004 Working memory and children's mathematical skills. (£24k). Departmental Studentship, University of Durham: J Holmes.

Show CBSU publications

Yang, T., Allen, R., Chan, R., HOLMES, J. (In Press) Impaired memory or instructions in children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder is improved by action at presentation and recall , Developmental Psychology [Read More]

GATHERCOLE, S., WOOLGAR, F., the CALM Team, KIEVIT, R.A., ASTLE, D., Manly, T., HOLMES, J. (2016) How common are WM deficits in children with difficulties in reading and mathematics?, Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 5(4), 384-394 [Open Access]

JAROSLAWSKA, A., GATHERCOLE, S., Allen, R.J., HOLMES, J. (2016) Following instructions from working memory: Why does action at encoding and recall help?, Memory & Cognition, 44(8):1183-1191. [Open Access]

HAWKINS, E., GATHERCOLE, S., ASTLE, D., the CALM team, HOLMES, J. (2016) Language problems and ADHS symptoms: How specific are the links?, Brain Sciences, 6(4), 50 [Open Access]

HOLMES, J. , BYRNE, E., GATHERCOLE, S., EWBNAK, M. (2016) Transcranial random noise does not enhance the effects of working memory training, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 28(10), 14711483 [Open Access]

JAROSLAWSKA, A., GATGHERCOLE, S., Logie, M., HOLMES, J. (2016) Following instructions in a virtual school: Does working memory play a role?, Memory & Cognition [Open Access]

HOLMES, J. , BUTTERFIELD, S., Cormack, F., van Loenhoud, A., Ruggero, L., Kashir, L. & GATHERCOLE, S (2015) Improving working memory in children with low language abilities, Frontiers in Developmental Psychology, 6:519 [Open Access]

HOLMES, J. , Hilton, K., Place, M., Alloway, T., Elliot, J., GATHERCOLE, S.E. (2014) Children with low working memory and children with ADHA: same or different, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8, 976 [Open Access]

DUNNING, D., HOLMES, J. (2014) Does working memory training promote the use of strategies on untrained working memory tasks?, Memory & Cognition, 42(6), 854-862 [Open Access]

HOLMES, J. , GATHERCOLE, S. (2014) Taking working memory training from the laboratory into schools, Educational Psychology: An International Journal of Experimental Educational Psychology, 34(4), 440-450 [Open Access]

Zrik-Sadowski, J., Szucs, D., HOLMES, J. (2013) Content-specificity in verbal recall: a randomized controlled study, PLOS One, 8(11):e79528 [Open Access]

Bennett, S.J., HOLMES, J. , and Buckley, S. (2013) Computerized Memory Training Leads to Sustained Improvement in Visuospatial Short-Term Memory Skills in Children with Down Syndrome, American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities [Read More]

Dunning, D.L., HOLMES, J. , & GATHERCOLE, S. (2013) Does working memory training lead to generalised improvements in children with low working memory? A randomised controlled trial, Developmental Science, 16(6), 915-926 [Open Access]

HOLMES, J. (2012) Working memory and learning difficulties, Dyslexia Review, 23, 7-10 [Read More]

GATHERCOLE, S.E. Dunning, D., HOLMES, J. (2012) Cogmed training: Let's be realistic about intervention research, Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 1(3), 201-203 [Open Access]

HOLMES, J. (2011) Baby brain: Training executive control in infancy, Current Biology, 21(18), R864-R685 [Read More]