Experimental Psychology (2016 cohort)
My research involves the neurobiology of language with a particular focus on developmental stuttering.
I am interested in how non-invasive brain stimulation, namely transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS), can be used to modulate key brain areas involved in speech.
Throughout my DPhil I will be contributing to a project looking at whether tDCS can enhance fluency in people who stutter. Within this I will be investigating the potential of a recently developed imaging technique - real time Magnetic Resonance Imaging (rtMRI) - to view the precise movements of speech articulators (such as the tongue and vocal chords) within the vocal tract. I hope that this will further our understanding of the sensory motor interaction involved in both fluent and non-fluent speech production.
I graduated from the University of Bath in June 2016 with a BSc in Psychology. Within this course I undertook a placement year at the University of Reading during which I worked as an honorary Research Assistant with Dr. Graham Schafer. I used eye-tracking techniques to investigate how infants learn new words.
After my placement I contributed to projects within teams investigating the neural underpinnings of social attention in Autism Spectrum Disorders (Prof. Bhismadev Chakrabarti) and the effect of parental interactions with children with William’s Syndrome on language development (Dr. Vesna Stojanovik).