Postgraduate Research Student
Washington Singer 228
Washington Singer Laboratories, University of Exeter, Perry Road, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter, EX4 4QG, UK
I am a second year PhD student in Cognitve Psychology at the University of Exeter working under the supervision of Prof. Aureliu Lavric, Prof. Stephen Monsell and Dr. Heike Elchlepp. I was awarded a +3 studentship from the ESRC to investigate the role of cognitive control in bilingualism.
BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Exeter, 2017
MSc Psychological Research Methods, University of Exeter, 2019
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I am interested in cognitive control in various domains.
My primary research interest, and the subject of my PhD, is the role of cognitive control in bilingualism. I am interested in circumstances under which bilingual communication is, or is not, cognitively effortful and requires endogenous control. I focus primarily on the role of cognitive control in language switching, both in language production and comprehension.
In collaboration with Prof. Aureliu Lavric, I have conducted research comparing task switching and language switching, with a focus on the domain-general vs. domain-specfic use of top-down control.
In collaboration with Prof. Stephen Monsell, I also conduct research into the acquisition of novel task-set, focusing on the declarative-to-procedural shift in representation of task-set when learning new tasks.
During my Masters degree, I conducted research into the acquisition of novel attentional templates under the supervison of Prof. Aureliu Lavric and Prof. Stephen Monsell.
Alongside my Masters degree, I also worked on a research project headed by Dr. Heike Elchlepp looking at the effects of mindfulness meditation on different aspects of attentional control.