Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 263171
Loughborough University

Mathematics Education Centre

Centre Staff

Dr Nina Attridge

Lecturer in Mathematical Cognition

Tel +44 (0)1509 22 3315

Location SCH.0.28 (Schofield Building)


I completed my BSc and MSc in psychology at the University of Kent, then spent a year as a research assistant on an ESRC-funded project investigating numerical cognition at the University of Nottingham. Following this, I completed my PhD at Loughborough University investigating the development of logical reasoning skills in mathematics students. After my PhD I spent two years as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Bath, investigating the disruptive effects of pain on attention. I joined the MEC in 2015 and my current research is investigating the effects of pain on mathematical thinking, such as financial decision making and numerical reasoning.

Research areas

The effects of pain on cognition.

The development of reasoning skills in mathematics students.

External activities

Member of the International Association for the Study of Pain.

Member of the East Midlands Mathematical Cognition Group.


I am the programme director for Mathematics with Mathematics Education, Mathematics with Sports Science, and Mathematics with Statistics.

I am on the university's Ethical Aprovals (Human Participants) Sub-Committee.

I am on the School of Science General Operations Health, Safety and Environment Sub-Committee.