My research focuses on attention and self-control in relation to use of digital devices. Outside of academia, I play various instruments in The Karaoke Collective.
I may be available for consultancy, teaching, or workshop facilitation in relation to digital distraction or reproducible research with R Markdown, as well as for musical bookings — do get in touch.
Department of Computer Science
University of Oxford
OX1 3QD Oxford, UK
The ReDD Workshop: Supporting People in Regaining Control Over Digital Device Use
Summary: Constant digital connectivity can be challenging for mental wellbeing, and make it difficult to focus on academic work. With the University of Oxford’s Counselling Service, I run the ’Reducing Digital Distraction’ (ReDD) workshop, where students reflect on their struggles and goals around digital device use, and explore concrete tools and strategies for taking control.
‘I Just Want to Hack Myself to Not Get Distracted’: Evaluating Design Interventions for Self-Control on Facebook
Summary: Many people use browser extensions such as ‘Newsfeed Eradicator’ to make Facebook less distracting. We studied how removing the newsfeed or adding goal reminders on Facebook affect behaviour and perceived control. Both interventions helped people stay on task and avoid distraction, with large — and distinct — effects on behaviour.
Self-Control in Cyberspace: Applying Dual Systems Theory to a Review of Digital Self-Control Tools
Summary: No systematic reviews had been done of the hundreds of apps and browser extensions for supporting self-control over digital devices that are available on online stores. We reviewed design features in 367 such tools on the Google Play, Chrome Web, and Apple App stores and analysed them using a dual systems model of self-regulation.
Workshop teaching: Reproducible research with R Markdown
Summary: R Markdown allows you to mix text written in markdown with chunks of code in languages such as R or Python. It can be used as an interactive notebook for data analysis, and exported to a wide range of formats, including HTML, Microsoft Word, and PDF. I teach a 2-day workshop that introduces the essentials of R Markdown for reproducible research.
oxforddown: Writing a reproducible Oxford University thesis in R Markdown
Summary: I wanted to write my PhD thesis in R Markdown, and use a traditional Oxford University LaTeX template to format it. There were no existing R packages for this, so I developed one. The resulting package is called
oxforddown and combines
bookdown (with heavy inspiration from
thesisdown) with the beautiful and time-tested OxThesis LaTeX template.