Darren Dunning



I completed both my BSc and MSc at Durham University, and my PhD at the University of York. I am interested in working memory and its role in learning and developmental disorders. My research has focussed on developing assessments to characterise the cognitive profiles of children with mathematical difficulties and poor working memory skills. In my current work I am developing and evaluating interventions to help remediate working memory impairments in various developmental groups, including those with working memory difficulties, dyslexia, ADHD and acquired brain injury. 




Dunning, D.L. & Holmes, J. (2014) Does working memory training promote the use of strategies on untrained working memory tasks? Memory & Cognition, 1-9

Dunning, D.L., Gathercole, S. E. & Holmes, J. (2013). Does working memory training lead to generalised improvements in children with low working memory? A randomised controlled trial. Developmental Science. DOI: 10.1111/desc. 12068 

Gathercole, S.E., Dunning, D.L. &  Holmes, J. (2012). Cogmed training: Let's be realistic about intervention research. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition 1 (3), 201-203.

Holmes, J., Gathercole, S.E., & Dunning, D.L. (2010). Poor working memory: Impact and Interventions. In P.Bauer (Ed.) Advances in Child Development and Behaviour, Volume 39, Developmental Disorders and Interventions, J.Holmes, Academic Press: London, UK, 2010, pp.1-43.

Holmes, J., Gathercole, S.E., Place, M., Dunning, D.L. Hilton, K.A., & Elliott, J.G. (2010). Working memory deficits can be overcome: Impacts of training and medication on working memory in children with ADHD, Applied Cognitive Psychology. DOI: 10.1002/acp.1589

Holmes, J., Gathercole, S.E., & Dunning, D.L. (2009). Adaptive training leads to sustained enhancement of poor working memory in children, Developmental Science, DOI 10.1111/j.1467-7687.2009.00848

Feeney, A., Shafto, P. & Dunning, D. L. (2007). Who is susceptible to conjunction fallacies in category-based induction? Psychonomic Bulletin & Review 14(5): 884–889


Current Projects

Working memory training in children who have survived a brain injury