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Professor Craig Speelman

Associate Dean

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5724, Mobile: 0407 452 328, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO30.203
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5724
Mobile: 0407 452 328
Facsimile: +61 8 6304 5834
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO30.203  


Craig is Associate Dean within the School of Arts and Humanities.

Current Teaching

  • PSY3304 Cognition 
  • PSY4128/5128 Research Skills
  • Unit co-ordinator - PSY3304, PSY4128/5128


  • 1992-1993 – Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of WA
  • 1994-1995 – Lecturer, University of New England
  • 1996-1997 – Lecturer, Griffith University
  • 1997-2001 – Lecturer, Edith Cowan University
  • 2002-2005 – Senior Lecturer, Edith Cowan University
  • 2006-2007 – Associate Professor, Edith Cowan University
  • 2008-present – Professor, Edith Cowan University
  • 2002-February 2012 – Head of School, School of Psychology and Social Science, Edith Cowan University

Professional Associations

  • Member, Australian Psychology Society
  • Member, Psychonomics Society

Awards and Recognition


  • 1985 - APS Prize

Research Areas and Interests

  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Skill Acquisition
  • Memory
  • Music
  • Skill acquisition
  • Memory for music


  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), The University of Western Australia.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Western Australia.


Recent Research Grants

  • The effect of cognitive and exercise training on Brain Atrophy and Cognitive Decline in Breast Cancer Patients Treated with Adjuvant Chemotherapy Agents,  Cancer Council of WA Inc,  Collaborative Cancer Grant Scheme,  2018 - 2019,  $49,966.
  • Individual differences in skill acquisition: Why some people fail to develop automaticity.,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Collaboration Enhancement Scheme - 2016 Round 2,  2017 - 2018,  $5,016.
  • Endeavour Executive Fellowship,  Department of Education and Training,  DoE - Endeavour Executive Fellowship,  2018,  $9,500.
  • Cyber Electronic Warfare: The effects of team dynamics, cognitive load and team mental models.,  Defence Science and Technology Group of the Department of Defence,  Competitive Evaluation Research Agreement (CERA) Program,  2017 - 2018,  $153,407.
  • Researching automaticity using eye tracking equipment and software ,  Edith Cowan University,  School of Arts and Humanities Research Grant Scheme 2016,  2016 - 2017,  $13,872.
  • Improving the numeracy skills of children,  Collier Charitable Fund,  Grant,  2015 - 2016,  $29,973.
  • Screening the Score: Exploring the Potentials and Limitations of Presenting Music Notation on the iPad,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2014,  2014 - 2016,  $20,000.
  • The role of practice in the acquisition of arithmetic skills.,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2014 (Round 1),  2013 - 2015,  $98,917.
  • The role of practice in the acquisition of arithmetic skills – an iPad trial.,  Association of Independent Schools of WA,  AISWA - Grant,  2014 - 2015,  $50,067.
  • Building Financial Literacy and Retirement Savings Engagement by Developing a Financial Education Programme for the Workplace,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Linkage (Projects),  2009 - 2013,  $375,001.
  • Blast the Germs,  Association of Independent Schools of WA,  AISWA - Grant,  2010 - 2013,  $85,200.
  • Western Australian Antenatal and Postnatal Screening Study: National Postnatal Depression Prevention and Early Intervention Program,  Beyond Blue - National Depression Initiative,  Scholarship,  2006 - 2009,  $45,000.
  • The Retirement Savings Decisions of Australian Workers: A Long-Term Study of Public Sector and Industry Fund Members,  Edith Cowan University,  Grant - Near miss,  2003 - 2006,  $351,056.
  • National Postnatal Depression Prevention and Early Intervention Program.,  Beyond Blue - National Depression Initiative,  Grant,  2001 - 2005,  $418,974.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Campitelli, G., Speelman, C., (2014), Expertise and the Illusion of Expertise in Gambling. Problem Gambling: Cognition, Prevention and Treatment, 41-60, London, Palgrave Macmillan, DOI: 10.1057/9781137272423_2.
  • Speelman, C., (2013), A test of a computer game designed to facilitate the acquisition of arithmetic skills. Enhancing Human Performance, 1-21, Newcastle upon Tyne, Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Journal Articles

  • Rogers, S., Speelman, C., Guidetti, O., Longmuir, M., (2018), Using dual eye tracking to uncover personal gaze patterns during social interaction. Scientific Reports, 8(1), 4271.
  • Speelman, C., Forbes, J., Giesen, K., Parkinson, M., Johnson, L., (2016), The Stability of Old Skills during Transfer. Sage Open, 6(3), 1-13, Sage, DOI: 10.1177/2158244016658336.
  • Tan, B., Pooley, JA., Speelman, C., (2016), A Meta-Analytic Review of the Efficacy of Physical Exercise Interventions on Cognition in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46(9), 3126-3143, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s10803-016-2854-x.
  • Merema, M., Speelman, C., (2015), The Interdependence of Long- and Short- Term Components in Unmasked Repetition Priming: An Indication of Shared Resources. PLoS One, 10(12), 1-8, San Francisco, USA, Public Library of Science, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0144747.
  • Speelman, C., Muller-Townsend, K., (2015), Attaining automaticity in the visual numerosity task is not automatic. Frontiers in Psychology, 6(2015), Article no. 1744, Lausanne, Switzerland, Frontiers Research Foundation, DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01744.
  • Croy, G., Gerrans, P., Speelman, C., (2015), A mediating role for anticipated regret in predicting retirement savings intention between groups with (without) past behaviour. Australian Journal of Psychology, 67(2), 87-96, West Sussex, UK, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd, DOI: 10.1111/ajpy.12070.
  • Gerrans, P., Speelman, C., Campitelli, G., (2014), The Relationship Between Personal Financial Wellness and Financial Wellbeing: A Structural Equation Modelling Approach. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 35(2), 145-160, United States, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s10834-013-9358-z.
  • Hay, A., Speelman, C., (2014), Stability and accuracy of long-term memory for musical pitch. GSTF Journal of Psychology, 1(1), 38-44, GSTF, DOI: 10.5176/0000-0002_1.1.6.
  • Speelman, C., (2014), The acquisition of expertise in the classroom: Are current models of education appropriate?. Frontiers in Psychology, 5(JUN, 2014), Article no. 580, Frontiers Research Foundation, DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00580.
  • Merema, M., Speelman, C., Foster, J., Kaczmarek, E., (2013), Neuroticism (Not Depressive Symptoms) Predicts Memory Complaints in Some Community-Dwelling Older Adults. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 21(8), 729-736, USA, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.jagp.2013.01.059.
  • Speelman, C., McGann, M., (2013), How mean is the mean?. Frontiers in Psychology, 4(451), 1-12, Switzerland, Frontiers Research Foundation, DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00451.
  • Speelman, C., Clark-Murphy, M., Gerrans, P., (2013), Decision Making Clusters in Retirement Savings: Gender Differences Dominate. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 34(3), 329-339, United States, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s10834-012-9334-z.
  • Gringart, E., Helmes, E., Speelman, C., (2013), Development of a Measure of Stereotypical Attitudes towards Older Workers. Australian Psychologist, 48(2), 110-118, United Kingdom, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1111/j.1742-9544.2011.00024.x.
  • Campitelli, G., Speelman, C., (2013), Expertise paradigms for investigating the neural substrates of stable memories. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7(November), article 740, Switzerland, Frontiers Research Foundation, DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00740.

Conference Publications

  • Speelman, C., (2013), Facilitating the acquisition of arithmetic skills with a computer game. Proceedings of the 2nd Annual International Conference on Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology (CBP 2013), 1-7, Singapore, Global Science & Technology Forum.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Rewiring Head And Heart: An Investigation Into The Efficacy Of A Clinical Psychotherapeutic Modality For The Treatment Of Depression
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  'fighting A Losing Battle': A Glaserian Grounded Theory Of Midwives' Workplace Stress
  • The Role Of Memory In The Development Of Musical Skill
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Duet For Life: Is Alexithymia A Key Note In Couples' Empathy, Emotional Connection, Relationship Dissatisfaction, And Their Therapy Outcomes?
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Transfer Of Automatic Skills: The Role Of Automaticity In Skill Acquisition And Transfer
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  An Examination Of The Relationship Between Positive Psychological Functioning And Depression
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Cognitive Fatigue: Exploring The Relationship Between The Fatigue Effect And Action Video-game Experience
  • The Child Knows Best: The Strategies And Tactics Of Accelerated Learning
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Psychological Determinants Of Retirment Savings Behaviour: An Application Of The Theory Of Planned Behaviour.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The Distinct Contributions Of Affective Distress And Personality To Memory Complaints Made In Older Adulthood
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Perceptions About Goal Setting, Academic Behaviours, Academic Performance, And Psychological Distress Of University-bouind Secondary Students.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Cognitive Reactivity: Evidence Of A Regulatory Mechanism That Compensates For Dysphoric Mood And Mediates Depression Vulnerability.

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The Effects Of Exercise Intensity And Cognitive Load On Acute Changes In Attention And Vigilance In Healthy Young Adults

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Using Discrete Trial Training With Progressive Time Delay Prompting To Teach Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder To Tact Phonemes
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The Relationship Between Physical Exercise And Cognition In Children With Typical Development And Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Structure Strategy Use In Children's Comprehension Of Expository Texts
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Perceived Harms And Benefits Of Parental Cannabis Use, And Parents' Reports Regarding Harm-reduction Strategies
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