• Who am I?

    Who am I?

    I am a Chartered Psychologist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Senior Lecturer in Psychology.

  • Academic Biography

    Academic and professional qualifications

    MA (Hons) Psychology, University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK

    PhD Psychology, University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK

    Chartered Psychologist

    Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society

    Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

    Previous Employment

    Following completion of my PhD, I worked in Aachen, Germany (one year), Copenhagen, Denmark (two years) and London, UK (five years) as a researcher in Psychology. I then worked as a research psychologist in the private sector for five years and later held academic posts at the University of the West of Scotland (Lecturer, ten years) and Leeds Beckett University (Senior Lecturer, year and a half). I joined Manchester Metropolitan University as Senior Lecturer in Psychology (0.5 FTE) in February 2016.

  • Research Expertise, Publications & Grants

    Research expertise

    My research interests lie in the field of human-computer interaction, in particular online communication, e-learning and mobile learning. My recent peer-reviewed journal papers examine time factors in online learning, the psychological aspects of digital media production, online learner identity and the psychological dimensions of mobile learning and working.

    I disseminate my research findings in peer-reviewed journals, edited books and national and international conferences. My research has also received press coverage in The Observer, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Times of India and The Sydney Morning Herald.

    My research with Karen Renaud and Mario Hair on email behaviours is mentioned by Nicholas Carr (2010) in his Pulitzer-shortlisted non-fiction book 'The Shallows: How the Internet Is Changing the Way We Think, Read and Remember' (London, UK: Atlantic Books).

    My 1998 paper, Ramsay, J, Barabesi, A .and Preece, J. (1998). A psychological investigation of long retrieval times on the world wide web Interacting with Computers, The Interdisciplinary Journal of Human Computer Interaction, 10, 77-86, Oxford University Press is listed as a most cited article (http://iwc.oxfordjournals.org/reports/most-cited) as of 1st February 2016.

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    The following Publications List does not include manuscripts currently under review/in preparation.

    • Publications

      • Refereed journal articles

        MM. Terras, JE. Ramsay (2016). Family Digital Literacy Practices and Children’s Mobile Phone Use. Frontiers in Psychology. 7(1957),

        JI. Morgan, R. Abbott, P. Furness, J. Ramsay (2016). UK rail workers' perceptions of accident risk factors: An exploratory study. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics. 55, pp.103-113.

        J. Ramsay, MM. Terras (2015). The pendulum swing of user instruction and interaction. E-Learning and Digital Media. 12(3-4), pp.372-390.

        MM. Terras, J. Ramsay (2015). Massive open online courses (MOOCs): Insights and challenges from a psychological perspective. British Journal of Educational Technology. 46(3), pp.472-487.

        MM. Terras, J. Ramsay, EA. Boyle (2015). Digital media production and identity: Insights from a psychological perspective. E-Learning and Digital Media. 12(2), pp.128-146.

        MELODYM. TERRAS, JUDITH. RAMSAY (2014). A Psychological Perspective on the Temporal Dimensions of E-learning. E-Learning and Digital Media. 11(2), pp.108-108.

        MM. Terras, J. Ramsay, E. Boyle (2013). Learning and Open Educational Resources: A Psychological Perspective. E-Learning and Digital Media. 10(2), pp.161-173.

        E. Harkess-Murphy, J. MacDonald, J. Ramsay (2013). Self-harm and psychosocial characteristics of looked after and looked after and accommodated young people. Psychology, Health & Medicine. 18(3), pp.289-299.

        MM. Terras, J. Ramsay (2012). The five central psychological challenges facing effective mobile learning. British Journal of Educational Technology. 43(5), pp.820-832.

        J. Ramsay, K. Renaud (2012). Using insights from email users to inform organisational email management policy. Behaviour & Information Technology. 31(6), pp.587-603.

        J. Ramsay, K. Renaud, J. van Biljon (2012). Effectively Communicating by Email: an Oxymoron?. Journal of the Symbiosis Centre for Information Technology. 12, pp.1-12.

        K. Renaud, J. Ramsay, M. Hair (2008). Think before you link: Controlling ubiquitous availability. Interactions. 15(6), pp.65-68.

        M. Hair, KV. Renaud, J. Ramsay (2007). The influence of self-esteem and locus of control on perceived email-related stress. Computers in Human Behavior. 23(6), pp.2791-2803.

        K. Renaud, J. Ramsay (2007). Now what was that password again? A more flexible way of identifying and authenticating our seniors. Behaviour & Information Technology. 26(4), pp.309-322.

        K. Ramsay, J. Ramsay, D. Main (2007). Both group peer counselling and individual counselling reduce anxiety and depression, and increase self-esteem and overall life satisfaction in palliative cancer care. Counselling Psychology Quarterly. 20(2), pp.157-167.

        K. Renaud, J. Ramsay (2007). Now what was that password again? A More Flexible Way of Identifying and Authenticating our Seniors. Behaviour and Information Technology. Special Issue: Designing Computer Systems for and with Older Users.. 26(4), pp.309-322.

        K. Renaud, J. Ramsay, M. Hair (2006). "You've Got E-Mail!" ... Shall I Deal With It Now? Electronic Mail From the Recipient's Perspective. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction. 21(3), pp.313-332.

        J. Ramsay, A. Barabesi, J. Preece (1998). A psychological investigation of long retrieval times on the world wide web. Interacting with Computers, The Interdisciplinary Journal of Human Computer Interaction. 10, pp.77-86.

        J. Ramsay, L. Neal, J. Preece (1997). Report on the CHI’97 SIG on Distance Learning. Special Interest Group in Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI) Bulletin. 29(4), pp.76-78.

        J. Ramsay, HJ. Popp, B. Thull, G. Rau (1997). The evaluation of an information system for intensive care. Behaviour and Information Technology. 16(1), pp.17-24.

        J. Ramsay, A. Barabesi, J. Preece (1996). Informal communication is about sharing objects and media. Interacting with Computers, The Interdisciplinary Journal of Human Computer Interaction. 8(3), pp.277-283.

      • Chapters in books

        MM. Terras, JE. Ramsay (2017). A Psychological Perspective on Mobile Learning. In: Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, 4th edition. IGI Global,

        J. Ramsay, MM. Terras (2016). Digital Learning and Media Literacy. MA. Peters. In: Encyclopaedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory. Singapore: Springer Science and Business Media,

        J. Ramsay, MM. Terras (2015). Psychological Insights offer the way forward for Mobile Learning. M. Hamada. In: Mobile Learning: Trends, Attitudes and Effectiveness.. eBook: Nova Science Publishers,

        MM. Terras, J. Ramsay (2014). The Psychological Challenges of Mobile Learning. In: Encyclopedia of Mobile Phone Behavior (Volumes 1, 2, & 3). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.,

        EA. Boyle, MM. Terras, J. Ramsay, JME. Boyle (2014). Executive functions in computer games. TM. Connolly, T. Hainey, E. Boyle, GB. Baxter. In: Psychology, Pedagogy and Assessment in Serious Games.. IGI Global Publishing: Hershey.,

        MM. Terras, J. Ramsay (2014). E-learning, Mobility and Time: A Psychological Framework. E. Barberà, P. Reimann. In: Assessment and Evaluation of Time Factors in Online Teaching and Learning. IGI Global Publishing: Hershey., pp.63-90.

        E. Harkess-Murphy, J. Macdonald, J. Ramsay (2012). Suicide and Self-harm: Policy and Research in Scotland. M. Leith, I. McPhee. In: Scottish Devolution and Social Policy: Evidence from the first decade. Cambridge Scholars, pp.43-64.

        MM. Terras, J. Ramsay, EA. Boyle (2010). A Psychological Perspective on Media Literacy. SD. Grahame. In: Science Education in a Rapidly Changing World. Nova Science Publishers,

        J. Ramsay, M. Hair, K. Renaud (2008). Ubiquitous Connectivity and Work-Related Stress. P. Zemliansky. In: Handbook of Research on Virtual Workplaces and the New Nature of Business Practices.. Hershey, PA, Idea Group Inc., pp.167-182.

        JE. Ramsay, K. Oatley (1992). Designing minimal computer manuals from scratch. In: Computers and writing: issues and implementations. Kluwer Academic Publishers,

      • Conferences

        MM. Terras, JE. Ramsay, F. Yousef (2016). The Relationship between Parent and Child Digital Technology use. Nottingham, UK, 26/4/2016.

        MM. Terras, JE. Ramsay (2016). Teaching Digital Literacy: Policy and Practice. Glasgow, UK, 6/1/2016.

        MM. Terras, J. Ramsay, J. Dollochin (2015). Job satisfaction and quality of care: the experiences of mental health support workers. Liverpool, UK, 5/5/2015.

        D. Madden, E. Boyle, J. Ramsay (2014). Psychology Students’ Attitudes toward Internet-Based Psychological Therapy. Glasgow, Scotland, 20/11/2014.

        MM. Terras, J. Ramsay (2012). Educational Applications of Web 2: A Psychological Perspective. Bolton, UK, 16/7/2012.

        L. Walker, J. Ramsay (2010). An exploration of emotional intelligence and the role it plays in social networking, email, and online chatting. University of Wolverhampton, UK, 23/4/2010.

        K. Gordon, J. Ramsay, MM. Terras (2010). Age determines use of, and trust in, social networking sites in particular, but self-esteem determines reliance upon the internet in general. University of Wolverhampton, UK, 23/4/2010.

        MM. Terras, L. McMaster, J. Ramsay (2010). Dyslexia in adulthood: Experiential impact, coping strategies and technology use. Stratford-upon-Avon, UK,

        J. Ramsay, K. Renaud, M. Hair, S. Saddique (2008). Having it all: How Students combine traditional and digitally mediated communication. In Web-based Communities. Amsterdam, Netherlands, 22/7/2008.

        T. Connolly, E. McLellan, M. Stansfield, J. Ramsay, J. Sutherland (2004). Applying computer games concepts to teach database analysis and design. Microsoft Campus, Reading, UK, 8/11/2004. pp.352-359.

        J. Ramsay, E. McAteer, R. Harris, M. Allan, J. Henderson (2004). A new tool for supporting networked learning. Lancaster, UK, 5/4/2004.

        J. Ramsay, E. McAteer, R. Harris, M. Allan, J. Henderson (2003). Networked learning in further education: a case study. Stirling, UK,

        J. Ramsay, M. Atyeo (2000). Designing the human experience at Nortel Networks. The Hague, The Netherlands,

        J. Ramsay, A. Barabesi, F. Culwin (1997). A Textual memory in Video Conferencing Systems. Bristol, UK,

        J. Ramsay (1997). A factor analysis of user cognition and emotion. Atlanta, USA,

        J. Ramsay, K. Oatley (1992). Emotions while interacting with computers. Carnegie Mellon University, U.S.A, 18/8/1992.

      • Reports

        J. Ramsay, K. Becker, B. Thull, C. Feiden, G. Rau, et al. E. Schmitz, P. Hanrath. (1995). Ergonomische Evaluierung eines intensivmedizinischen Informationssystems. Helmholtz Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Germany

      • Other

        K. Renaud, J. Ramsay (2012). Birds of a Feather Email Together: Exploring Email (Mis)Behaviours. Interfaces. 92, 12-13.

        MM. Terras, J. Ramsay, S. Murray, J. MacDonald (2010). Psychological Barriers and Enablers to Media Literacy.

        E. Harkess-Murphy, J. Macdonald, J. Ramsay (2009). Suicidal Behaviours and Cognitive Style.

        E. Harkess-Murphy, J. Macdonald, J. Ramsay (2009). Suicidal Behaviour in Scotland.

        J. Ramsay (2001). Researcher Profile. Interfaces. 47, Summer,

        J. Ramsay, R. Jacques (1997). Cognitive and software solutions for computer-related anxiety.

        J. Ramsay, J. Preece, R. Jacques (1996). The Centre for People and Systems Interaction.

        J. Ramsay (1996). Position Paper.

        J. Ramsay (1996). Face-to-face - the ultimate interface?. 241-242.

  • Awards, Honours & Distinctions

    Membership of professional associations

    Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol)

    Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS)

    Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)