My research interests are in how the social experiences of indivduals are served by social cognitive functions and grounded in the brain’s modality-specific networks. I am also interested in what we can learn about the cognitive and neural mechanisms that underpin successful social navigation from those with “impaired” social skills, such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD). I use various experimental research techniques, including behavioural measures (accuracy and reaction time), eye-tracking and EEG/ERPs to do this.
My PhD research focused more specifically on how language comprehension and communication are facilitated through the constructions of mental simulations in individuals with and without ASD. These simulations represent the state of affairs described by the linguistic input and are embodied in cognition. My interests have since broadened to explore how other aspects of social interaction are embodied in cognition and underpinned by cognitive functions (e.g. language ability, imitation, executive functions, etc.).
My first degree was a BSc in Psychology from the University of Kent, where I stayed to complete an MSc in Cognitive Psychology and Neuropsychology and my PhD in Cognitive Psychology. Since then, I have lectured to undergraduates and postgraduates on various courses covering cognitive and biological psychology, neuropsychology and research methods.
I now teach as an Assistant Professorial Lecturer in the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Sciences at LSE.