I am a Research Assistant involved in the Intervention Factory project at the Ageing Lab led by Dr Alan Gow. The study aims to test real-life activities already in place in the community as potential interventions for slowing down of cognitive decline associated with ageing.
I am particularly interested in research covering the broad area of cognitive neuropsychology and specifically impairments seen in memory and other cognitive functions as a result of age-related neurodegeneration or trauma. This also involves the plasticity and potential for those functions to be improved or maintained by the use of different interventions.
I have obtained an Honours degree in Psychology at University of Wolverhampton in 2013 and completed a Master’s degree in Human Cognitive Neuropsychology at the University of Edinburgh the following year. My undergraduate project investigated two competing concepts of gradual decay and sudden death of visual memory traces for novel abstract objects. Extending my research into memory but in a slightly different area, my Master’s thesis looked at shape-colour bindings in visual short-term memory as a potential marker to help predict the conversion from the healthy population to Mild Cognitive Impairment (a stage preceding clinical diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease characterised by impairments in memory, executive function, attention, language and visuospatial abilities) and further to Alzheimer’s disease in older adults.