I completed my MSc in Neurocognitive Psychology at the University of Oldenburg, Germany in 2015. During this time, I gained experience with EEG and worked on projects involving visual and auditory attention, memory and decision-making.
The focus of my thesis was on anatomical differences (analysed through structural MRI and VBM) between patients who had undergone surgery for benign brain tumours and healthy controls.
My PhD project, begun at Queen’s University Belfast in September 2015, is focused on potential executive functioning advantages for bilingual individuals compared to those who speak only one language. The current theory behind this settles on the higher level of control of attentional processes required by bilinguals- if both languages are readily available, they must select the appropriate words while inhibiting the less relevant language. After several years of continuous practice and coinciding brain development, it is suggested that these inhibitory skills may have spread across domains to non-linguistic contexts.
With this background in mind, my work will continue to explore the circumstances of the difference between bilingual and monolingual samples, across a range of language contexts in different countries.
MSc Thesis- "Anatomical Differences in Brain Structure between Craniopharyngioma Patients and Healthy Controls" (Universität Oldenburg; July 2014- Sept 2015)
Internship (Psychology Research)- Assistant in decision-making and eye tracking research (Jacobs University, Bremen; Sept-Dec 2014)
Practical Project- "Attentional entrainment in human auditory cortex" (Universität Oldenburg; Oct 2013- Apr 2014)
Funding and Grants
PhD scholarship [Department for Employment and Learning, NI]
Study visit to the Jagiellonion University, Krakow [Santander Mobility Scholarship] (£500)
Study visit to BCBL and Pompeu Fabra University, Spain [QUB Psychology Mobility Fund] (£1,500)