Postgraduates

Naheem Bashir (Co-founder, Co-Lead Editor and Writer)

I am an MRes Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience student at the University of Birmingham, where I also completed my Psychology BSc. I have a wide range of  research interests, which include: stammering/stuttering (as I stammer myself), cognitive enhancement, flow, neurostimulation (via tDCS and TMS), skill acquisition, social interactions, optimism and creativity. Get in touch with me via Twitter or email me at nxb820@bham.ac.uk.

Kelly Wade (Editor and Writer)

I’m an aspiring Clinical Psychologist with interests in Learning Disability, Autism, and Acquired Brain Injury. I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Birmingham and loved it so much I stuck around to do an MRes. My current research placement is with the Cerebra Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders, looking into challenging behaviour and Autism Spectrum Disorder in Tuberous Sclerosis Complex.

Becky Craddock (Writer)

I am currently studying MRes Clinical Psychology at the University of Birmingham, and hope to go on to a career in Clinical Psychology. My current research is about improving the cognitive skills of people with psychosis, and involves assisting them with a computerised therapy program that aims to improve these skills such as memory, attention switching, planning and flexible thinking. Please email me at rmc215@bham.ac.uk if you would like to contact me.

Kelly Murphy (Writer)

I’m a local Brummie but I’m a newbie at the University studying for an MRes in Brain Imaging & Cognitive Neuroscience. I previously studied for a Psychology BSc at the University of Essex (no fake tan jokes please) whereby I developed interests focusing upon the electrophysical properties of neurons and how they malfunction in disease and disorder. My research area is refined to visual perception. I believe that by studying normal visual activity at a cellular level can lead to parsimonious understanding of specific neurological aspects of headache, migraine and epilepsy to dyslexia, ADHD and autism, so that simple, non-invasive therapies can be devised.

Becky Gibson (Writer)

I am an MRes Psychology student at the University of Birmingham. I completed my BSc Psychology at Nottingham Trent University. My current research is investigating the Impact of HIV on Working and Professional life. I have also completed two research placements as part of my MRes, a systematic review of cancer interventions and examining lay beliefs about resilience. My main interests are in health behaviours, HIV/AIDS and the social determinants of health inequalities. I can be contacted at RLG146@bham.ac.uk.

Kelly James (Writer)

I aim to become a Cognitive Neuroscientist and last year completed a B.Sc. Psychology at the University of Birmingham. Since I liked the University and Psychology department so much, I went on to study MRes Brain Imaging & Cognitive Neuroscience here too. My research interests include: hallucinations, delusions, theory of mind and neuro-developmental disorders. At present, I am investigating the effect of Out-of-Body Experiences on perspective-taking ability. This summer I shall explore the Rubber Hand Illusion in participants; such research may develop treatments for a range of people including: people with arthritis, body dissatisfaction and those undergoing gender reassignment.

Elizabeth East (Writer)

I’m currently studying for my MRes in Psychology due for completion September 2013. From here I hope to obtain more clinical experience as a psychologist’s assistant as my interests lie within the abnormal development of children and adolescents, specifically those representing with mental health disorders and behavioural difficulties. Contact me via Twitter or email me at exe917@bham.ac.uk.

Hayley Dewe (Writer)

Last year I completed my B.Sc. Psychology degree here at the University of Birmingham. I enjoyed the University, and Birmingham so much, I stuck around to do the MRes Psychology course. I have a wide range of interests in areas such as Clinical Neurophysiology, Cognitive Neuroscience and Visual cognition. I am particularly interested in anomalous body experiences, in both the patient and general population, such as Schizophrenia. I am also interested in perspective taking, selective attention and theory of mind. My current research involves investigating the Rubber-hand Illusion on those prone to hallucinatory experiences, using psychophysiological techniques. I hope to expand this research during the summer by investigating this in patient populations such as those with temporal-lobe epilepsy and depersonalization disorder. If you’d like to contact me, email me at hld944@bham.ac.uk!

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