My PhD research centers on language competition and executive functioning in bilinguals, and is supervised by Dr Sandie Cleland and Dr Emily Nordmann. Previously, I used dMRI and fMRI to investigate the structural connectivty of temporal voice areas for my MSc thesis, and steady-state visual evoked potentials to research a gaze bias in multiple identity tracking for my MA Honours thesis.
My research interests center on attention, including what improves executive funcioning in particular and cognitive processes related to attention more generally. I am also interested in how age affects attention and methods that could prevent or delay cognitive decline as we age. My other interests include statistical modelling and brain imaging, in particular brain mapping.
My PhD project is concerned with the role bilingualism plays in executive functioning. Previous research suggests that speaking two or more languages benefits executive functioning but recently, concerns regarding the methods and analyses used to investigate this relationship have been raised. Following a meta-analytic investigation of this question, I am conducting high powered studies with established and new methodologies to address the key questions raised during the debate surrounding this research area, including issues of convergent validity, training effects, and expectancy effects. I am lucky to be testing participants across all age groups, from young children to older adults, and hope that this will answer some of the questions central to the hypothesis that bilingualism has a positive effect on executive functioning.
2014/15: Dr Daniela Sammler, Max Planck Institute for Cognition and Neurosciences in Leipzig
2014/15: Dr Alfred Anwander, Max Planck Institute for Cognition and Neurosciences in Leipzig
2013/14: Dr Søren Andersen, University of Aberdeen
College of Life Sciences and Medicine Scholarship 2015 - 3.5 years
Psychology Level 1: PS1011 Methods Course
Psychology Level 3: SPSS Workshops
2015-2017: Psychology Level 1: Debate Workshops
2016/2017: Psychology Level 4: Honours Thesis
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LGBT+ Postgraduate Representative
I am a member of the LGBT+ Staff and Postgraduates Committee and have been elected Postgraduate Representative. If you are interested in activities we organise or have had issue related to your sexual orientation or gender, please get in touch and we will do our best to help you.
- Co-organised BPS Undergraduate Conference 2016 (Scottish Branch)
- Part of Twitter Team for PsyPAG 2015
- Science Centre Collaboration 2017: In collaboration with the Aberdeen Science Centre, I have organised a series of experiments to take place at the Science Centre over the summer 2017. The project spanned 9 weeks and involved researchers collecting data in the Centre and enganging children and their parents with current research conducted at the School of Psychology. Each lead researcher arranged to give one or several talks about their research at the Science Centre and I thus also had the pleasure to deliver a 'Animal Sounds in other Languages" talk to children and their families.
- 3 Minute Thesis Local Final 2016: MayFestival 2016 - Aberdeen (Uni's) Got Talent
- Fame Lab Dundee Heat 2016
Royal Statistical Society
Data Science Central
I have signed the Commitment to Research Transparency and Open Science.