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 Kelsey Frewin

Kelsey Frewin

Research student, School of Psychology

Email
frewink@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 6191
Campuses
1.15, Centre for Human Developmental Science, null, null, null, null, null

Overview

Research


I conduct my PhD research at the Cardiff University Centre for Human Developmental Science (CUCHDS) as part of the Tiny to Tots lab. I am supervised by Dr Sarah GersonDr Chiara Gambi and Dr Ross Vanderwert.

I am interested in early language acquisition and the interrelation between language and motor domains during infancy. Specifically, I investigate early verb acquisition and aim to understand how experiences with actions may influence infants' verb understanding. To investigate these topics, I collect parent-report data as well as employing behavioural and neuroimaging techniques including eye-tracking and electroencephalography (EEG). Eye-tracking is a non-invasive method that measures where an infant looks when they hear or see something - I use this method to explore word understanding. Finally, I use EEG to measure infants' neural responses to language stimuli. EEG is a non-invasive and infant-friendly technique that records brain activity at the scalp. 

If you are interested in finding out more about this research or you would like your child to take part in studies conducted by the Tiny to Tots research lab, please email our team at tinytotots@cardiff.ac.uk or contact us on our Facebook page


Research Output


SRCD Conference
I recently gave a poster presentation at the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) 2021 online conference. You can hear about my work exploring links between infants' motor skills and word comprehension below on YouTube.


Widening Access, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, Outreach


As an openly LGBTQ+, first-gen science student, I think that making higher education and science more accessible is really important. Outside of my research, I volunteer in roles that aim to widen access to help underrepresented people enter higher education and improve equality, diversity and inclusion. I am also passionate about getting children and their caregivers into developmental science.


Widening Access:

Social Mobility Mentor – Psychology Career Mentor 2021
The Social Mobility Foundation is a charity which supports social mobility for young people. SMF provides opportunities, and networks of support for 16-17 year olds who are unable to get them from their schools or families. In this role, I mentor a college student prior to their UCAS applications. As a mentor, I help my student build knowledge about psychology and associated careers, support their university application, develop skills and learn how to network.
https://www.socialmobility.org.uk/ 

Social Mobility Foundation Futures Day, Psychology Speaker 2021
Providing an introduction to psychology career pathways for Yr12 students from low-income households and without family history of going to university.
https://www.socialmobility.org.uk/ 

Nuffield Research Placement Co-Supervisor 2019
The Nuffield Foundation provides research placements for students from low-income households and without family history of going to university.
https://www.nuffieldfoundation.org/

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion:

Athena Swan Gender Equality Steering Group Member
2018-2019
The Athena Swan Charter is a framework which is used across the globe to support and transform gender equality within higher education (HE) and research. 
https://www.advance-he.ac.uk/equality-charters/athena-swan-charter

Getting Kids and Parents into Science: 

Frontiers for Young Minds
I've previously published in Frontiers for Young Minds, an open access journal for kids and teens! Here, scientists summarise their published work for kids which is also reviewed by kids. You can check out the article I contributed to with my PhD supervisor, Sarah Gerson, and colleagues here: https://kids.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/frym.2019.00044 

Stepping into the Minds of Children
During my Research Assistant role, with my CUCHDS colleagues, I organised an ESRC Festival of Social Science event targeted at parents to help them learn about the most up-to-date developmental science coming out of our research centre. We organised a range of educational stalls based of different research topics and research groups and parents were able to take part in our quiz to win prizes! Details about this event can be found here: https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/events/view/stepping-inside-the-minds-of-children 


Teaching Experience


Lead Postgraduate Tutor School of Psychology
Cardiff University
2019-2021

Postgraduate Tutor School of Psychology
Cardiff University
2019


Research Experience


Research Assistant School of Psychology
Cardiff University 
2017-2019

In this role, I assisted Drs Sarah Gerson, Ross Vanderwert and Travis Proulx in conducting their current research projects. More broadly, I oversaw the day-to-day organisation of the Tiny to Tots research lab as well as developing and managing the Tiny to Tots Participant Panel, a database of local families interest in taking part in developmental research. 


Qualifications


Postgraduate Education
MSc Cognitive Neuroscience (Distinction) University of Sussex
2015-2016

Undergraduate Education
BSc Psychology (First Class Hons) Aberystwyth University
2011-2014

Research

Research interests

I conduct my PhD research at the Cardiff University Centre for Human Developmental Science (CUCHDS) as part of the Tiny to Tots lab. I am supervised by Dr Sarah Gerson, Dr Chiara Gambi and Dr Ross Vanderwert.


I am interested in early language acquisition and the interrelation between language and motor domains during infancy. Specifically, I investigate early verb acquisition and aim to understand how experiences with actions may influence infant verb understanding. To investigate these topics, I collect parental report data as well as employing behavioural and neuroimaging techniques that includes eye-tracking and electroencephalography (EEG). Eye-tracking is a non-invasive method that measures where and for how long an infant looks when they hear or see something - I use this method to explore word understanding. Finally, I use EEG to measure infants' neural responses to language stimuli. EEG is a non-invasive and infant-friendly technique that records brain activity at the scalp. 


Previously, during my postgraduate MSc studies, I explored how varying context and object exemplars can impact noun learning during early childhood under the supervision of Dr Jessica Horst at the University of Sussex. 


If you are interested in finding out more about this research or you would like your child to take part in studies conducted by the Tiny to Tots research lab, please email our team at tinytotots@cardiff.ac.uk or contact us on our Facebook page


Research Output


SRCD Conference
I recently gave a poster presentation at the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) 2021 online conference. You can hear about my work exploring links between infants' motor skills and word comprehension below on YouTube.

Teaching

Lead Postgraduate Tutor School of Psychology
Cardiff University
2019-2021


Postgraduate Tutor School of Psychology
Cardiff University
2019

Thesis

Action perception and the sensorimotor system in infant verb language development

Funding source

ESRC Wales DTP

Supervisors

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Dr Sarah Gerson

Senior Lecturer

 Dr Chiara Gambi

Dr Chiara Gambi

Lecturer

Publications

2019