Kathryn has been researching into the psychology of puzzle-solving, in collaboration with Dr Philip Fine, since 2007. She joined the Department of Psychology officially in January 2010 as a Visiting Research Fellow and Lecturer.
Kathryn studied at Oxford for her original BA, MA and DPhil in Classics, 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 obtain a PgDip at the University of Worcester in the psychology of Giftedness and Talent, following this with an MSc in Psychology at Oxford Brookes.
Kathryn teaches the applied modules on Educational Psychology and the Psychology of Performance and Expertise. 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. Wider interests include synaesthesia, perfect (absolute) pitch, autism and savant abilities.
Publications and conference papers:
Friedlander, K. J. & Fine, P. (2013, 4-6 September). Fluid Intelligence and Cryptic Crossword Expertise. Paper presented at the CogDev 2013: BPS Developmental and Cognitive Sections Joint Conference 2013, Reading, UK.
Fine, P. & Friedlander, K. J. (2013, 28-31 August). Cryptic Crossword Expertise and Fluid Intelligence. In Proceedings of the International Symposium on Performing Science, Vienna; published by the Royal College of Music, London (in press).
Fine, P. & Friedlander, K. J. (2010, 6-8 September). A Study of Expert and Non-Expert Cryptic Crossword Solvers. Paper presented at the 27th BPS Cognitive Psychology Conference, Cardiff.
Friedlander, K. J. & Fine, P. (2009, 15-18 December). Expertise in cryptic crossword performance: An exploratory survey. In Proceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science, University of Auckland, NZ; published by the Royal College of Music, London, (pp.279-284).
Friedlander, K.J. Gifted children: myths and realities. The gifted and their vulnerability to perfectionism. Gifted and Talented, 9.1 (2005), 12-16.
See also: Psychology Department