I am a cognitive neuroscience postdoc interested in when and how sensorimotor representations shape language, conceptual processing, reasoning, and aesthetic judgment. To do this work, 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. As an undergraduate, I completed a dissertation based on an experiment examining 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 . In addition to pursuing some very cool projects in the ChatLab, I have become an advocate for open science, and ensuring the reproducibility and replicability of my work. To that end, my first postdoctoral study was submitted and accepted as a Registered Report. Check back soon for a blog post about my experiences submitting this report, and for those interested, advice on submitting one of your own!