I am a cognitive neuroscience postdoc interested in when and how sensorimotor representations shape language, conceptual processing, reasoning, and aesthetic judgment. I use a variety of methods, including functional neuroimaging, studies of neurological patients (Parkinson’s disease patients, and stroke patients with focal lesions), and cognitive and behavioural testing.
I graduated from the University of Manchester, UK, in 2010 with a degree in Psychology. My undergraduate dissertation examined the influence of common ground on gesture production. I then completed a Masters in Research Methods and a PhD in Psychology at the University of Manchester under the mentorship of Dr. Ellen Poliakoff (University of Manchester), Dr. Judith Holler (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics), and Dr. Trevor Crawford (University of Lancaster). My doctoral thesis investigated co-speech gesture as a window into impaired action representations and spatial cognition in Parkinson’s disease.
I began a postdoc with Dr. Anjan Chatterjee in the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, at the University of Pennsylvania, in 2016 . My current research projects in the ChatLab examine behavioural and neural responses to abstracted representations of actions in metaphors and paintings.