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Overview

Jen's academic background is in Cognitive Neursocience and Experimental Psychology -- particularly in vision, attention, memory, action, and inhibitory control, and how these change across the healthy lifespan and in neurological disease (such as Parkinson's disease).

Biography

Jen earned her BSc in Psychology from Cardiff University in 2003, and after a brief appointment as a research assistent in Liverpool, she moved to the University of Bristol to carry out her PhD (Title: 'Repetition of targets and distractors in visual search: Behaviour and neurophysiology') in the Department of Experimental Psychology. In 2009 she moved to the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and Institute of Neurology at UCL as a postdoc with Professor Masud Husain and Dr Petroc Sumner (Cardiff University) investigating action priming and control in healthy adults and neuopsychological patients.

Jen moved to the then School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Manchester to take up a lectureship in 2013.

Research interests

My research focusses on the processes involved in vision, attention, and action, and inhibitory control -- and how these change across the healthy lifespan and in neurological disease (such as Parkinson's disease). My research addresses questions such as: How do we process and respond to visual information? How do visual signals affect our motor behaviour? What mechanisms exist to control our reflexive responses to allow flexible, goal-directed action? I investigate these topics by conducting experiments with healthy people and neurological patients.              

Thinking about a PhD?
I am always on the look-out for bright, motivated students interested in studying for a PhD on perception, action, and control. Manchester offers a vibrant research community and excellent training opportunities. Further information, potential sources of funding, and deadlines can be found here. If you are interested in discussing potential projects that fall within my research expertise then please contact me as early as possible.

Teaching

I contribute to a range of taught units and project supervision across Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience.

Undegraduate:

  • PSYC10211: Introduction to Developmental Psychology (unit lead)
  • PSYC10421: Introduction to Cognition (unit lead)
  • PSYC10770: Study Skills in Cognitive Neuroscience & Psychology
  • BIOL10000: Tutorials
  • PSYC21022: Cognitive Neuroscience (lab lead)
  • BIOL21090: Dissertation
  • BIOL20922: Research Skills Module
  • BIOL33012: MSci Experimental Skills Module (lab lead)
  • PSYC31132: Clinical Cases in Neuroscience
  • PSYC30510: Dissertation for Psychology/Neuroscience (unit lead)
  • PSYC30920/30520: Project

Postgraduate:

  • MSc in Neuroimaging for Clinical & Cognitive Neuroscience
  • BIOL63122: Research Methods in Experimental Psychology
  • PSYC60500: Dissertation

Qualifications

Ph.D. Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Bristol

BSc (Hons) Psychology, Cardiff University

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

2016 Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
2010 Member of the Experimental Psychology Society (EPS)
2007 Member of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS)
2005 Member of the Applied Vision Association (AVA)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing

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