Dr Joni Holmes
Senior Investigator Scientist
Dr Joni Holmes is pleased to consider applications from prospective PhD students.
MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit
Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience
I am interested in the overlap between working memory, attention and executive function processes in children and adults. My research has focussed on the role of working memory in children's mathematical skills, and on understanding the cognitive and behavioural profiles of children with disorders of memory and attention. I am currently interested in understanding the core deficits that predispose individuals to cognitive developmental disorders, and am developing and evaluating targeted interventions to overcome these difficulties.
Cross-sectional and cohort studies
Randomised control trials
Associated News Items
Dunning DL, Holmes J, Gathercole SE (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 SE, Place M, Dunning DL, Hilton, KA, Elliott, JG (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 SE, Dunning DL (2009), “Adaptive training leads to sustained enhancement of poor working memory in children.” Dev Sci 12(4):F9-15 Details
Dunning DL, 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
Gathercole SE, & Holmes J (2014), “Developmental impairments of working memory: Profiles and interventions” Perspectives on Language and Literacy in press
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
Holmes J, Gathercole SE (2013), “Taking working memory training from the laboratory into schools” Educational Psychology, 34, 440-450.
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
Gathercole SE, Dunning DL, Holmes J (2012), “Cogmed training: Let's be realistic about intervention research.” Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition 201-203
Holmes J (2012), “Working memory and learning difficulties” Dyslexia Review
Holmes J (2011), “Baby brain: training executive control in infancy.” Curr Biol 21(18):R684-5 Details
Alloway T, Elliott J, Holmes J (2010), “The prevalence of ADHD-like symptoms in a community sample.” J Atten Disord 14(1):52-6 Details
Elliott J ,Gathercole SE, Alloway TP 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 (2010), “Developmental Disorders and Interventions” Advances in Child Development and Behavior 39
Holmes J, Gathercole SE, Dunning DL (2010), “Poor working memory: impact and interventions.” Adv Child Dev Behav 39:1-43 Details
Holmes, J, Gathercole, SE, Place M, Alloway, TP, Elliott JG, Hilton KA (2010), “The diagnostic utility of executive function assessments in the identification of ADHD in children” Child & Adolescent Mental Health 15, 37-43.
Alloway TP, Gathercole SE, Holmes J, Place M, Elliott JG, Hilton K (2009), “The diagnostic utility of behavioral checklists in identifying children with ADHD and children with working memory deficits.” Child Psychiatry Hum Dev 40(3):353-66 Details
Gathercole, SE, Alloway TP, Kirkwood HJ, Elliott, JE, 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 JW, Hamilton CJ (2008), “Visuo-spatial working memory capacity and children's mathematical skills” European Journal of Cognitive Psychology 20, 272-289
St Clair-Thompson HL, Holmes J (2008), “Improving short-term and working memory: Methods of memory training” New research on short-term memory
Holmes J, Adams JW (2006), “Working memory and children's mathematical skills: Implications for mathematical development and mathematics curricula” Educational Psychology 26, 339-366
Muncer SJ, Craigie M, Holmes J (2003), “Meta-Analysis and Power: Some suggestions for the use of power in research synthesis.” Understanding Statistics 2, 1-12