Kathryn joined the Department in January 2010. Kathryn studied at Oxford for her original BA and DPhil in Literae Humaniores, and afterwards pursued a wide-ranging career in the Civil Service. After becoming interested in the education of Gifted and Talented children, she went on to pursue postgraduate studies at the University of Worcester into the psychology of Giftedness and Talent. She currently researches into the psychology of puzzle-solving, in collaboration with Dr Philip Fine. Her research interests focus upon the solving of UK-style cryptic crosswords, with particular interest in the cognitive skills, motivational drivers and development of expertise in this domain; and she retains an active interest in the education of academically gifted children.
Publications and conference papers:
Friedlander, K.J. & P. Fine. Expertise in cryptic crossword performance: An exploratory survey. International Symposium on Performance Science (Auckland, NZ), 2009.
Friedlander, K.J. Gifted children: myths and realities. The gifted and their vulnerability to perfectionism. Gifted and Talented, 9.1 (2005), 12-16.
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