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Associate Professor in the Department of PsychologyL79+44 (0) 191 33 40447
Member of the Centre for Vision and Visual Cognition  

Biography

I have joined the Department of Psychology at Durham University in 2016. Prior to this, I studied experimental psychology at the Universities of Bern (lic.phil.hum.) and Fribourg (PhD) in Switzerland and spent six years as a post-doctoral research fellow at Birkbeck, University of London.

My work

I am an experimental psychologist whose research is focused on understanding the cognitive and neuronal underpinnings of visual selective attention. In our complex visual world, multiple objects compete for perception and action control. Selective attention determines which of these objects are processed preferentially at any given moment in time. Importantly, object relevance can be determined by our personal task goals and selection intentions. If we search for a particular object (e.g., banana on the fruit shelf), we use mental object representations held in memory (attentional target templates) to guide attention to template-matching objects in the visual field (e.g., yellow objects). The temporal and organisational properties of such interactions between memory (knowing what to look for) and attention (detecting a sought-for object) are at the core of my research. In my experiments I combine behavioural and electrophysiological (EEG/ERPs) measures to track memory-guided attention across time and space.

Research interests

  • Key words:
  • Visual cognition
  • Memory-guided selective attention
  • Attentional templates
  • Electroencephalography (EEG)
  • Event-related potentials (ERPs)

Research groups

Awarded Grants

  • 2021: A Neuro-cognitive Model Of Memory-guided Visual Attention(£478801.77 from Leverhulme Trust)
  • 2019: Working memory capacity limitations during attentional guidance(£3500.00 from Experimental Psychology Society)

Esteem Indicators

  • British Psychological Society (BPS): British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Experimental Psychology Society (EPS): Experimental Psychology Society (EPS)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA): Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Society for Psychophysiological Research (SPR): Society for Psychophysiological Research (SPR)
  • Vision Sciences Society (VSS): Vision Sciences Society (VSS)

Publications

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Supervision students