Researcher biography

My name is Kristy Armitage and I am a PhD Candidate in the School of Psychology at UQ.

My primary research interest is cognitive offloading, or our tendency to ‘offload’ a wide range of cognitive functions into the external environment to simplify or solve cognitive problems. Specifically, I am interested in the development of these behaviours in children – when do these behaviours emerge spontaneously, when do children become able to use these behaviours strategically? More broadly, I am interested in the role of metacognition in our decisions to offload cognition, and the impact of cognitive offloading on our understanding of what it means to be ‘intelligent’.

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