Mel Hall


School of Health, Science and Wellbeing

I graduated from the University of Greenwich in 1998. During my undergraduate degree I spent a year away working in the Department of Experimental Psychology at Bristol University as a research assistant, on the second year of a five year MRC funded grant 'Working Memory and Learning Disabilities', and also on a University of Bristol funded project 'Iconic Memory and Football Performance'. On graduating, I returned to the University of Bristol, and from 1998-2001 I worked as a research assistant on a Leverhulme Trust funded project 'Erasing Memories: Experimental Investigations Into Repression'. I then moved to the University of Sussex, and from 2001-2004 I worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. I joined Staffordshire University in 2004 as a lecturer for the Psychology department.

Research interests

Legal and criminological psychology; the impact of psychology in e-learning, and web 2.0 engagement, online networks and cyberpsychology.

Enterprise and commercial interests

I have assisted in research and enterprise activities, including the evaluation of the use of role play as a training tool (in conjunction with Peugeot), the evaluation of a nurse training programme with North Staffordshire NHS, piloting the use of psychometric testing (emotional intelligence and others) in recruitment with South Staffordshire NHS and evaluating the Walking Bus Scheme with Staffordshire County Council. I am currently advising on the DMU and Leicester City Council digital literacy framework project.


  • I am the module leader for the Level 4 module ‘People Behaving Badly’, and the Level 5 modules ‘The Psychology of Crime’ and ‘The Psychology of Crime and Criminal Justice’.

  • I also contribute to ‘Foundations of Psychology’, ‘Perspectives in Psychology’ and ‘Introduction to Research Methods’ at Level 4, ‘Contemporary Issues in Psychology’ at Level 5, and ‘Forensic Psychology Applications’ at Level 6.

  • I also supervise Level 6 dissertations, and the Dissertation Statistics Clinic.


Book Chapters

MacKenzie, S., Hall, R. & Hall, M. (2010). The impact of interactive and collaborative learning activities on the personalised learning of adult distance learners. In J. O’Donoghue (Ed.), Technology Supported Environments for Personalised Learning: Methods and Case Studies. Hershey, PA, USA: IGI Global.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Gathercole, S.E., Pickering, S.J., Hall, M., and Peaker, S.M. (2001). Dissociable lexical and phonological influences on serial recognition and serial recall. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 54A, 1 - 30.

Hall, R. & Hall, M. (2010). Scoping the pedagogic relationship between self-efficacy and Web 2.0 technologies. CJEM Learning, Media and Technology, 35 (3), 255-273.

Pickering, S.J., Gathercole, S.E., Hall, M. & Lloyd, S. (2001). Development of memory for pattern and path: Further evidence for the fractionation of visual and spatial short-term memory. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 54A, 397 – 420.

Wright, D. B. & Hall, M (2007). How a ‘reasonable doubt’ instruction affects decisions of guilt. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 29(1), 85-92.

Wright, D. B., Loftus, E. F. & Hall, M (2001). Now you see it; now you don’t: Inhibiting recall and recognition of scenes. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 15, 471 - 482.

Conference papers

Gathercole, S. E., Pickering, S. J., Peaker, S. H. & Hall, M.. A method for estimating the pure capacity of the phonological loop: Serial repetition. Presented at the Experimental Psychology Section Meeting, Cambridge, 1998.

Pickering, S. J., Gathercole, S. E. & Hall, M.. Static and dynamic processing in children's visuo-spatial memory. Presented at the BPS Cognitive Psychology Section, XIV Annual Conference, Bristol, September 1997.

Wright, D. B., Loftus, E. F. & Hall, M.. Inhibiting recall and recognition with postevent information. Presented at The Society for Research in Memory and Cognition (SARMAC) Conference, Colorado, July 1999.

Non-Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Hall, M.. To confess or not to confess: What was the question? In, Weeds, J (Ed.)(2002). The 15th White House Papers (Graduate Research in Cognitive and Computing Sciences at Sussex), Volume15, pp. 27-28. Herstmonceux Castle. Cognitive Science Research Papers 552.

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