PhD, MRes, BA(Hons)
Peter completed both his Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Research at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow) between 2007-2012. In 2017, Peter was awarded a doctorate in Psychology by Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.
A technophile, avid gamer and sci-fi fan, Peter’s research interests lie in the psychological and societal impact of technology. This includes the mediatory effects of videogame play on cognition, human-robot interaction, and technologies for special populations such as autism-spectrum disorder (ASD).
Peter is currently a research associate on the EPSRC funded SoCoRo project (www.socoro.net). He and the team are developing a socially competent robot to teach adults with an ASD social and employment skills.
James-Watt PhD Studentship 2013-2016 (Approx. 60K)
BPS Developmental Section Annual Conference Bursary 2014: Student Bursary Award (£160)
EPS Grindley Grants for Conference Attendance 2014 (£500)
- McKenna, P. (2017, August). Embodied Metaphors and Computing Education.EARLI Conference, Tampere (Finland).
- McKenna, P. (2014, July). Planning to move or moving to plan? Children's embodied executive functioning and gestural interfaces. 29th Annual PsyPag Postgraduate Conference, Cardiff.
- McKenna, P., & Rajendran, G. (2014, April). Methodical frog hopping. Edinburgh International Science Festival, Edinburgh.
- McKenna, P. (2013, September). Are childhood executive functions embodied? Children and Technology Talk, Autism Research Centre, University of Cambridge.