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Basic and Applied Neurosciences
Using brain imaging to study the transition from effortful to efficient word reading in school-age children
Main Supervisor: Dr. Jo Taylor; Associate Supervisors: Dr. Laura Shapiro & Professor Joel Talcott
I joined Aston in 2017 as a Lecturer in Psychology, where I am affiliated to the Behavioural and Applied Neurosciences Group (BANG).
My research investigates the way we learn to read, in particular how we learn the relationship between a word’s spelling and its sound and meaning. In my experiments, adults learn to read new words written in an unfamiliar alphabet, to simulate what it’s like for children learning to read for the first time. I look at how different factors affect learning, and also use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to look at how the brain responds to these new languages.
I am broadly interested in how humans learn new information, for example:
I am also interested in the factors that affect learning, for example:
3-year ESRC project grant (ES/L002264/1, £480,000) named co-investigator and co-wrote application
3-year stipendiary research fellowship at Newnham College, University of Cambridge
2-year MRC/ESRC interdisciplinary postdoctoral fellowship (MC_US_A060_0041, £121,622) obtained through external competition
4-year MSc + PhD MRC/ESRC interdisciplinary studentship obtained through external competition
Connor Quinn, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge. Connor is conducting studies into the role of sleep on learning of new words and objects, using fMRI and artificial languages.
Viktoria Havas, University of Barcelona. Viktoria investigated how we learn new words that are similar to or different from our native language, and looked at the role of sleep in this process, using fMRI and novel words.
Experimental Psychology Society