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Dr Charlotte Hartwright

Lecturer in Psychology

School of Life and Health Sciences
Aston University
Birmingham
B4 7ET
UK

Phone Number: 0121 204 4168
Email: c.hartwright@aston.ac.uk
Room number: SW607

Students can make an appointment with me via WASS

Research Group

Basic and Applied Neurosciences

Research Centres

Aston Brain Centre

Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing

Short Biography

I completed my PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at the School of Psychology, University of Birmingham in 2014. Under the supervision of Prof Ian Apperly and Dr Peter Hansen, my PhD thesis aimed to explore the functions of parts of the brain typically associated with Social Cognition, in particular, the ability to infer the mental causes of action (termed 'Theory of Mind').

I then went on to work at the University of Oxford as a Postdoctoral Research Associate with Prof Roi Cohen Kadosh on the neurodevelopmental bases of variability in math achievement in children. This is a European Research Council funded longitudinal project in which I am still actively involved, as the lead in the neuroimaging arm of this study. You can read more about this on my Oxford page or on the study specific website.

I joined Aston in 2016 as a Lecturer in Psychology where, in addition to supporting the teaching and learning in Psychology and Neuroscience, I will continue my research in cognition and the brain.

Data

I make my neuroimaging data available, where possible. These data can be downloaded by searching for the article title or 'Hartwright' here.

Study Pre-registrations

Differences in social cognitive function across healthy adults #1065 - 03/17

Pre-Prints

I now also use various preprint services to make copies of forthcoming manuscripts openly available, prior to formal publication, where possible, and where all authors agree.

Pre-prints: Published Journal Articles

Hartwright, C. E., Hansen, P. C. & Apperly I. A. (2016). Current knowledge on the role of the Inferior Frontal Gyrus on Theory of Mind. Cortex. doi:10.1016/j.cortex.2016.10.005 Preprint available to download here

Pre-prints: Book Chapters

Sella, F; Hartwright, C. E. & Cohen Kadosh, R (in press). The neurocognitive bases of numerical cognition in Sharon Thompson-Schill (Eds.), The Stevens’ Handbook of Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience, Fourth Edition.  Preprint available to download here

Open Science Working Group

I have recently set up and will coordinate an Open Science Working Group, comprising researchers from Psychology and the Aston Brain Centre. We will form part of a wider network of OSWGs encompassing several other UK institutions who strive to promote ethical, open science.

Qualifications

  • PhD Cognitive Neuroscience, the University of Birmingham, 2014 

  • MRes Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience, the University of Birmingham, 2009

  • BSc Hons Psychology, the University of Worcester, 2008

Employment

  • 2016 – present: Lecturer, Aston University 

  • 2014 – present: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Oxford 

  • 2013-2014: Visiting Lecturer, University of Birmingham

  • PY2241 Individual Differences, Health & Personality (module convenor)
  • PY4015 MSc Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PY4090 MSc Advanced Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience


  • BSc Psychology - Dissertation Supervisor
  • MSc Cognitive Neuroscience  - Research Project Supervisor

I am broadly interested in using cognitive or neurobiological indices to explain variability in human behaviour

  • Cognitive Neuroscience

  • Social Cognition

  • Numerical Cognition

Current work

I am primarily interested in individual variation in brain and behaviour, and how we can use the brain to explain differences in cognitive function or ability. I'm interested in questions regarding how and why, for example, Cognitive functions change over the lifespan, and with what consequence (behaviourally and psychologically).

My research involves developing experimental paradigms that can be used to modulate specific parts of the brain, in order to better understand the functions of those brain regions. Initially working with healthy adults, I have begun teasing apart those higher-cognitive functions that support Theory of Mind, giving attention to those supporting brain networks with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and transcranial magnetic brain stimulation (TMS).

2016 Aston University LHS School Studenship

2008-2013 ESRC – Open Competition

I am happy to supervise students who are interested in Social Cognition or Social Cognitive Neuroscience, particularly in terms of projects around:
  • Health ageing and 'Theory of Mind'
  • Executive function & 'Theory of Mind' processing
  • Individual Differences in Social Cognition and the brain

Recent research suggests that social interaction becomes more difficult as we get older. We want to know why this is and if this is associated with reduced well-being.

I am currently looking for healthy adults aged 18-29 and 60-79 to participate. If you would like to know more about this study, you can read more information here, or please get in touch with the research team via email lhs_hartwright_lab@aston.ac.uk

Evelyn Egyir - MSc Cognitive Neuroscience (current)
Maria Nazakat - MSc Cognitive Neuroscience (current)
Sabrina Javed - MSc Cognitive Neuroscience (current)
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Recent Publications