Dr Richard Tindle - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Dr Richard Tindle

PhD, GCLTHE, BPsych (Hon 1st)

  • Lecturer, Psychology
  • School of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 5456 5034
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Sunshine Coast
Dr Richard Tindle


Dr Richard Tindle has two research areas of interest; cognitive psychology and psychosocial needs. Dr Tindle’s current research is looking at the effects of handwriting on working memory performance. I am currently collecting data with an honours student to identify how different modalities of note-taking (i.e., writing, typing, and listening) impact on memory, learning, and comprehension within university students. This project will lead to identifying what modality of note-taking is best to improve students’ retention of information during lectures and within classrooms.

My second area of research is focussing on the mental health of university students by developing and validating the University Needs Inventory and to identify how student needs are associated with their high levels of psychological distress and academic performance. This project will lead to (1) the development of a questionnaire to assess the psychological and social needs of university students; (2) allow a comparison of the types of needs and psychological distress levels experienced by university students within Australian and overseas; (3) provide universities with information to develop targeted support services to address student needs and improve the psychological well-being of their undergraduate students.

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Potential Research Projects for HDR & Honours Students

Psychosocial needs of university students s predictors of academic performance

Psychosocial needs and academic grit amongst university students s predictors of academic performance/psychological wellbeing

Note-taking, comprehension, memory, and academic performance (a focus on revising)

Research areas

  • Working Memory
  • Handwriting
  • Psychosocial needs of University Students
  • Psychological Distress

Teaching areas

  • PSY103 Applied Psychology in Health Care
  • PSY200 Research Methods
  • PSY301 Cognitive and Perceptual Psychology

Research Publications

Tindle, R., & Longstaff, M. G. (2016). Fine motor movements while drawing during the encoding phase of a serial verbal recall task reduce working memory performance. Acta Psychologica, 164, 96–102. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actpsy.2016.01.003

Tindle, R., & Longstaff, M. G. (2016). Investigating the lower level demands of writing: handwriting movements interfere with immediate verbal serial recall. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 28(4), 443–461. https://doi.org/10.1080/20445911.2015.1135930

 Tindle, R., & Longstaff, M. G. (2015). Writing, reading, and listening differentially overload working memory performance across the serial position curve. Advances in Cognitive Psychology, 11(4), 147–155. https://doi.org/10.5709/acp-0179-6 

Moustafa, A. A., Tindle, R., Frydecka, D., & Misiak, B. (2017). Impulsivity and its relationship with anxiety, depression and stress. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 74, 173–179. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.comppsych.2017.01.013

Patterson, P., McDonald, F. E., Costa, D. S., Tindle, R., Allison, K. R., & Morris, S. E. (2019). Initial validation of a needs instrument for young people bereaved by familial cancer. Supportive Care in Cancer, 1-12. doi: 10.1007/s00520-019-05104

McDonald, F. E. J., Patterson, P., & Tindle, R. (2020). What young people need when a family member dies of cancer. Supportive Care in Cancer. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00520-019-04973-0\

Specialist areas of knowledge include Cognition; working memory, notetaking, Learning, Psychosocial Needs of University student wellbeing

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