Dr Emma Bridger

Research Fellow in Psychology

School of Social Sciences

Emma completed her undergraduate studies (BSc in Psychology) and PhD in cognitive electrophysiology of memory at Cardiff University before taking a postdoctoral position at the Experimental Neuropsychology Unit at Saarland University, Germany in 2010. After four years teaching and researching as an experimental neuropsychologist, Emma completed an MSc in Behavioural Science for Management at the University of Stirling in order to broaden her research skills and expertise beyond the laboratory to include work at the intersection between cognition, decision-making and behavioural economics.

Areas of Expertise
  • Memory

  • Judgment and Decision-making

  • Electrophysiology

  • Behavioural Science and Behavioural Economics

  • Research Methods
  • Psychology Literacy
  • Impact of emotions on consumer decision-making and judgment (with Dr Silvio Aldrovandi)

  • Role of memory in decision-making and choice paradigms (with Dr Silvio Aldrovandi)

  • The relationship between executive control, memory training and decision-making in the aging brain (with Dr Paraic Scanlon)


Studte, Sara and Bridger, Emma and Mecklingera, Axel (2016) Sleep spindles during a nap correlate with post sleep memory performance for highly rewarded word-pairs. Brain and Language. pp. 1-8. ISSN 0093-934X

Bai, C-H., Bridger, E. K., Zimmer, H., & Mecklinger, A. (2015). The beneficial effect of testing: An event-related potential study. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. 9, 248, 1-12. 

Studte, S., Bridger, E. K., & Mecklinger. A. (2015). Nap sleep selectively preserves memory for associations – an ERP study. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 120, 84-93. 

Bridger, E K and Wood, A M Gratitude mediates consumer responses to marketing communications. European Journal of Marketing. (In Press)             

Bridger, E. K., Sprondel, V. & Mecklinger, A. (2015). Control over Recollection varies with Context-Type: ERP Evidence from the Exclusion Task. Cognitive Neuroscience, 6(1), 31-38. 

Scheuplein, A-L., Bridger, E. K. & Mecklinger, A. (2014). Is faster better? Effects of response deadline on ERP correlates of recognition memory in young and older adults. Brain Research, 1582, 139-153. 

Bridger, E. K., Bader, R. & Mecklinger, A. (2014). More ways than one: ERPs reveal multiple familiarity signals in the word frequency mirror effect. Neuropsychologia, 57, 179-190. 

Bridger, E. K. & Mecklinger, A. (2014). Errorful and errorless learning: The impact of cue-target constraint in learning from errors. Memory & Cognition, 42(6), 898-911. 

Kriukova, O., Bridger, E. K. & Mecklinger, A. (2013). Semantic relations differentially impact associative recognition memory: Electrophysiological evidence. Brain & Cognition, 83(1), 93-103.

Bridger, E. K., Bader, R., Kriukova, O., Unger, K. & Mecklinger, A. (2012). The FN400 is functionally distinct from the N400. NeuroImage, 63, 1334-1342. 

Halsband, T. M., Ferdinand, N. K., Bridger, E. K., & Mecklinger, A. (2012). Monetary rewards influence retrieval orientations. Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience, 12(3), 430-445. 

Bridger, E. K. & Mecklinger, A. (2012). Electrophysiologically dissociating episodic preretrieval processing. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 24(6), 1476-1491. 

Bridger, E. K. & Wilding, E. L. (2010). Requirements at retrieval modulate subsequent memory effects: An event-related potential study. Cognitive Neuroscience, 1, 254-260. 

Bridger, E. K., Herron, J. E., Elward, R. L., & Wilding, E. L. (2009). Neural correlates of individual differences in strategic retrieval processing. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory & Cognition, 35 (5), 1175-1186.

Work With Industry

Emma has previously worked at the Cardiff University in the UK and Universität des Saarlandes in Germany.