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Dr Ronan McGarrigle

Assistant Professor

Faculty/Dept/School School of Social Sciences
(Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences)
Telephone +441274 232606


I am currently a lecturer in Psychology at University of Bradford. Prior to this, I worked as principal investigator on an ESRC-funded research project investigating effortful listening across the lifespan at the University of York. After completing my PhD at the University of Manchester, I worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital (Ohio, USA) and Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, USA) and lectured in Psychology at the University of Chester.

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My research focuses on how our sensory and cognitive systems interact to promote successful listening. Using a range of experimental techniques (introspective, behavioural, and physiological measures), my work aims to shed light on: (a) the subjective and physiological processes that underpin successful speech perception, (b) the impact of a sensory or cognitive deficit on speech perception and the experience of effort and fatigue from listening, and (c) the consequences of effortful listening and fatigue on health and well-being across the lifespan. I am also a keen advocate of open and reproducible science practices and try to actively promote these within my own research.


Peer Reviewed Journal
TitleDevelopment and validation of the Vanderbilt Fatigue Scale for Adults (VFS-A). (2021)
AuthorsHornsby BWY;Camarata S;Cho SJ;Davis H;McGarrigle R;Bess FH;
JournalPsychological Assessment
TitleOlder adults show a more sustained pattern of effortful listening than young adults. (2021)
AuthorsMcGarrigle R;Knight S;Rakusen L;Geller J;Mattys S;
JournalPsychology and Aging
TitleEffortful listening under the microscope: Examining relations between pupillometric and subjective markers of effort and tiredness from listening. (2021)
AuthorsMcGarrigle R;Rakusen L;Mattys S;
TitleBehavioral Measures of Listening Effort in School-Age Children: Examining the Effects of Signal-to-Noise Ratio, Hearing Loss, and Amplification. (2019)
AuthorsMcGarrigle R;Gustafson SJ;Hornsby BWY;Bess FH;
JournalEar and Hearing
TitleMeasuring listening-related effort and fatigue in school-aged children using pupillometry. (2017)
AuthorsMcGarrigle R;Dawes P;Stewart AJ;Kuchinsky SE;Munro KJ;
JournalJournal of Experimental Child Psychology
TitlePupillometry reveals changes in physiological arousal during a sustained listening task. (2017)
AuthorsMcGarrigle R;Dawes P;Stewart AJ;Kuchinsky SE;Munro KJ;
TitleListening effort and fatigue: what exactly are we measuring? A British Society of Audiology Cognition in Hearing Special Interest Group 'white paper'. (2014)
AuthorsMcGarrigle R;Munro KJ;Dawes P;Stewart AJ;Moore DR;Barry JG;Amitay S;
JournalInternational Journal of Audiology