Dr Eva Murzyn

Position: Lecturer in Psychology

College: College of Life & Natural Sciences

Subject area: Psychology

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About

Lecturer in Psychology

Teaching responsibilities

I teach on a range of online and on-campus modules at undergraduate and masters level. My teaching is focused on biological and cognitive psychology, research methods, individual differences as well as evolutionary psychology and study of consciousness. 

Professional interests

In my undergraduate degree I investigated sex differences in dream recall. I was awarded my PhD by the School of Psychology at Dundee University in December 2010, where I studies individual differences in visual memory, imagery style and media experience and their effect on the visual qualities of dreams. Apart from examining how we recall individual dreams, I found new ways in which visual imagery preferences shape how we remember and report our waking experiences. I joined the Psychology team at Derby University in 2011.

Research interests

Most recently, I have been working on the ways in which video game play influences dream content, in the context of the sleep memory consolidation theory and the continuity theory. I am currently interested in investigating how video game play can contribute to the development of attentional biases for potential threat or aggressive behaviour. The link between aggressive video games and violence has been proposed by many researchers, but the exact cognitive mechanism of how the behaviour in a virtual world is translated into real-world actions is still unclear. I'm curious about the ways in which virtual worlds such as video games have an impact on human cognition and behaviour, and how they can be used for therapeutic or educational purposes.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Graduate member of British Psychological Society
  • Member of the International Association for the Study of Dreams

Qualifications

Undergraduate Qualifactions

  • BSc (Hons) in Psychology, University of Abertay Dundee

Research Qualifications 

  • PhD in Psychology, Dundee University

Recent publications

  • Murzyn, E. (2012). Memory for colour, visual imagery preferences and the reported colour of dreams. International Journal of Dream Research, 5(2), p.108-113.
  • Murzyn, E. (2012). Incorporation of Game Elements in Dreams: Exploratory Research Into World Of Warcraft Dreaming. In J. Gackenbach (Ed.),Video Game Play and Consciousness. Hauppauge: Nova Science Publishers
  • Murzyn, E. (2008). Do we only dream in colour? A comparison of reported dream colour in younger and older adults with different experiences of black and white media. Consciousness and Cognition, 17(4), p.1228-1237

Recent conferences

  • Murzyn, E. (2012). Dreaming of World of Warcraft: video game elements in dreams. Paper presented at the Towards the Science of Consciousness conference in Tucson, Arizona, USA, April 2012
  • Murzyn, E. (2012). Dreaming and video games. Paper presented at the Towards the Science of Consciousness conference in Tucson, Arizona, USA, April 2012
  • Murzyn, E. (2011). Linking dream content and cognitive preferences. Paper presented at the Annual International Association for the Study of Dreams conference in Kerkrade, Netherlands, June 2011
  • Murzyn, E. (2010). Dreaming in colour: cross-cultural and methodological comparisons. Paper presented at the Annual International Association for the Study of Dreams conference in Asheville, North Carolina, June 2010
  • Murzyn, E. (2009). Colour in dreams: why do people report black and white dreams. Paper presented at the Annual International Association for the Study of Dreams conference in Chicago, June 2009.
  • Murzyn, E. (2008). Age, media influence, imagery and colour of dreams. Paper presented at the Annual Scottish BPS conference in Clydebank, November 2008

Additional interests and activities

Reviewer for the International Journal of Dream Research.

In the media

My published research has gathered a lot of public interest, prompting mentions in the New Scientist (October 2008 and February 2013) as well as articles in press across the world (Times OnlineDaily TelegraphTimes PolandTimes IndiaAustralian Courier and Tehran Times were some of the papers) and live radio interviews broadcast in Poland (as part of a major news programme), New Zealand and USA.

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