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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 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 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


Teaching Experience


Lead Postgraduate Tutor School of Psychology
Cardiff University
2019-2020


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 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 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

Teaching

Lead Postgraduate Tutor School of Psychology
Cardiff University
2019-2020


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

Dr Sarah Gerson

Dr Sarah Gerson

Senior Lecturer

 Dr Chiara Gambi

Dr Chiara Gambi

Lecturer

Publications

2019