MSc, MA (Hon)

Research PG


Contact Details

The University of Aberdeen Room T32, William Guild Building
School of Psychology
Kings College
Old Aberdeen AB24 3FX
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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. 


Research Interests

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 mapping.

Current Research

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.


Previous collaborations:

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

Research Grants

College of Life Sciences and Medicine Scholarship 2015 - 3.5 years 


Teaching Responsibilities



Psychology Level 1: PS1011 Methods Course


MRes: Statistics Workshop

Psychology Level 1: Debate Workshops

Psychology Level 3: SPSS Workshops

Psychology Level 4: Honours Thesis


Further Info

Admin Responsibilities

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.

Other Responsibilities

  • Co-organised BPS Undergraduate Conference 2016 (Scottish Branch)
  • Part of Twitter Team for PsyPAG 2015

Public Engagement

  • 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

Professional Memberships

Royal Statistical Society

British Psychology Society

British Neuroscience Association

Data Science Central 


I have signed the Commitment to Research Transparency and Open Science.



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