...an ESRC Doctoral Training Centre

The Sweet Song of Success

Monday 18 May 2015


We are delighted to announce that Ellie Ratcliffe a Psychology PhD student from our 2011 Surrey Cohort has been awarded a Leverhulme Trust Study Abroad Studentship (SAS) to conduct a postdoctoral research project on the role of memories in restorative experiences of favourite places. This will take place at the University of Tampere in Finland.

Ellie has just submitted her PhD thesis on Effects of birdsong on mood and attention. This was a collaborative PhD supported by the National Trust and Surrey Wildlife Trust.  During her PhD, Ellie also completed an internship with the Cabinet Office.  The PhD explored the following:
• Perceptions of different birdsongs as restorative and relaxing
• How these perceptions relate to objective changes in attention, mood, and arousal after exposure to birdsong audio; effects of exposure on creativity may also be explored
• Effects of the context of audio presentation, such as exposure time or the presence or absence of company, on restorative outcomes
• Relationships between individual differences in affinity with nature and restorative perceptions and outcomes

Ellie is currently preparing for her Viva.  The South East Doctoral Training Centre would like to wish Ellie good luck and every success in the future.