Researcher biography

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

My current research investigates the ability to effectively manage internal and external cognitive resources. Setting reminders, for example, are just one of the many ways we utilise external resources to compensate for our limited memory capacity. This ability is immensely adaptive, allowing us to strategically bypass and artificially shift various cognitive performance limits. My research aims to understand how children begin to perform this delicate balancing act between mind and world: weighing up when to rely on their unaided capacities and when to offload cognitive demand. You can contact me at

You can find me on ResearchGate