Lab Members


Sara Assecondi - Postdoctoral Research fellow

AREAS OF INTEREST

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KEY PUBLICATIONS

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Ana Pesquita - Postdoctoral Research fellow

AREAS OF INTEREST

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KEY PUBLICATIONS

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Thomas Faherty - PhD student

AREAS OF INTEREST

I studied my BSc in Psychology at the University of Birmingham from 2013 to 2016 with a research project concerning the retroactive improvement of long-term memory utilising novelty.  Following this, I completed my MSc in Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Birmingham from 2016 to 2017 with a research project concerning the reconstruction of memory as a sequential process.  I started my PhD at the University of Birmingham (again!) in January 2018.

My doctoral research aims to identify the impact of air pollution on human cognition.  This is currently conducted using behavioural measures, including virtual reality, as well as field work utilising particulate sensing equipment to understand the impact of air pollution especially in car-users.  Currently, the cognitive processes under investigation are spatial and associative learning & memory, social cognition, and executive function.

SUPERVISORS

  • Prof. Jane Raymond, Professor of Visual Cognition, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham
  • Prof. Rob MacKenzie, Professor of Atmospheric Science, School of Geography, Earth, and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham
  • Prof Kim Shapiro, Head of School, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham

KEY PUBLICATIONS

N/A

Contacts

TXF318 [at] bham.ac.uk

School of Psychology
College of Life and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
Birmingham, B15 2TT
United Kingdom


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Oliver Ratcliffe - Phd student

AREAS OF INTEREST

Oli is a first year PhD student funded by the Medical Research Council. Over the course of his project, he is hoping to make use of novel electrical stimulation techniques, especially tDCS, with the aim of intervening in specific memory processes. Working memory maintenance and sleep-dependent consolidation of long term memories are of particular interest, as both of these forms of memory are disrupted as a consequence of healthy ageing. The project will investigate whether non-invasive brain stimulation could be a means to improve cognitive outcomes as people age, as well as teaching us more about the underlying neural basis of these forms of memory.

SUPERVISORS

  • Professor Kimron Shapiro
  • Dr. Bernhard Staresina

KEY PUBLICATIONS

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Alberto aviles - phd student

AREAS OF INTEREST

After obtaining my degree in Psychology (Universidad de Murcia, Spain), I spent the next years working as a research trainee at the University of La Laguna (Tenerife, Spain) and the BCBL (Donostia, Spain). I explored the concreteness effect in lexical decision, sentence comprehension and recognition memory.

In 2017, I started as PhD student at the University of Birmingham. I study the functional correlates of consciousness and, specially, the relationship between conscious perception and episodic encoding. The title of my project is "The episodic nature of conscious contents".

Supervisors

  • Prof. Howard Bowman
  • Dr Pia Rotshtein
  • Prof. Kim Shapiro

KEY PUBLICATIONS

Duñabeitia, J. A., Avilés, A., & Carreiras, M. (2009).  NoA's Ark: influence of the number of associates in visual word recognition. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 15(6), 1072-1077.

Duñabeitia, J. A., Avilés, A., Afonso, O., Scheepers, C., & Carreiras, M. (2009). Qualitative differences in the representation of abstract versus concrete words: Evidence from the visual-world paradigm. Cognition, 110, 284-292.

Duñabeitia, J. A., Marín, A., Avilés, A., Perea M., & Carreiras, M. (2009).  Constituent priming effects: Evidence for preserved morphological processing in healthy old readers. European Journal of Cognitive Psychology 21(2-3), 283-302.

Dimitropoulou M., Duñabeitia, J. A., Avilés, A., Corral J., & Carreiras, M. (2010).  Subtitle-based word frequencies as the best estimate of reading behavior: the case of Greek. Frontiers in Psychology  1, 218.

Mancini, S., Molinaro, M., Davidson, D. J., Avilés, A., & Carreiras, M. (2014). Person and the syntax-discourse interface: An eye-tracking study of agreement.  Journal of Memory and Language, 76, 141-157.


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