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Giulia D'Avino

Research Postgraduate

Research Postgraduate in the Department of Psychology


I am a PhD student in the Psychology Department at Durham University fascinated with developmental cognitive neuroscience. My current project, funded by the NINE DTP, is investigating the role of tiredness in early cognitive and neural development using a novel and harmless neuroimaging method: functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS).

Before coming to Durham, I was at the University of East Anglia (UEA) where I completed my BSc in Psychology including a research project examining the influence of sleep and language on myelination in the brain in 18 month-old infants. I also completed my MSc in Developmental Psychology at UEA wherein I investigated the impact of different analysis approaches to infant fNIRS research.

Research interests

  • Infancy
  • fNIRS
  • Eye tracking
  • Sleep
  • Attention
  • Word learning
  • Working memory
  • Executive function
  • MRI