Kathryn Carpenter
PhD student


In 2012 I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology with First Class BSc (Hons) at the University of Exeter. I then received Distinction for an MSc in Psychological research methods in 2013 where I was supervised by Fraser Milton for my research dissertation. This was focused on the neural pathways of category learning. I used fMRI to establish whether there is evidence of two competing explicit and implicit neural learning systems. I was awarded ESRC funding for three years to complete a PhD in which I plan to expand upon the research started in my MSc.

Broad research specialisms:

In my PhD research I use fMRI, tDCS and plan to use TMS to investigate the areas of the brain used when people are learning novel categories. The current research field is not unified in an explanation as to the neural pathways responsible for category learning, and by using these complimentary methods I hope to offer a greater insight into the brain systems necessary to learn.


University of Exeter, MSc Psychological Research Methods (Distinction), 2012 - 2013 
University of Exeter, BSc (Hons) Psychology (1st), 2009 – 2012

Contact details

Tel+44 (0) 1392 724636
AddressWashington Singer Laboratories
University of Exeter
Perry Road
Prince of Wales Road

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