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 Charlotte Findlay

Charlotte Findlay

Research student, School of Psychology

Email
findlaycl@cardiff.ac.uk
Campuses
Tower Building, 70 Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT

Research Summary:

My research focuses on how young infants come to understand other people's intentions within the first year of life. I am particularly interested in infants' understanding of other people's goal-directed actions. Infants' ability to interpret and understand actions that they see around them is critical for social functioning. My work investigates the cognitive and social mechanisms that facilitate intentional action understanding during infancy. From this, I hope to better our understanding of how our ability to interpret actions typically develops.

Teaching:

Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) delivering first year BSc Psychology seminars.

Undergraduate Education:

2013-16: BSc Psychology (First Class Honours), University of Worcester

Postgraduate Education:

2016-17: MSc Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience (Distinction), University of Birmingham

Research interests

The focus of my PhD is on cognitive and social mechanisms that facilitate intentional action understanding during infancy.

My work specifically examines the role of comparison processes between familiar and less familiar actions that help infants to recognise goals. I am also investigating how parents' interaction with their infant can help infants' action understanding. For example, parents tend to exaggerate their actions in an infant-directed manner to maintain their infant's attention and highlight the purpose of an action.

As well as this, I am investigating the neurophysiological role of mirrored activation within the motor system. This occurs when an individual observes an action that they know how to perform, resulting in a mirrored neural response which is similar to that during movement. My work is currently assessing the response to typical and atypical actions within the adult sensorimotor system.

To address these topics, I use eye-tracking, behavioural measures, and electroencelphalography (EEG).

Teaching

I am a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA), delivering seminars to first year BSc Psychology students. I also mark students' exams, written essay assignments, and provide feedback.

Thesis

Mechanisms of Social Cognitive Development

Funding source

School of Psychology

Dr Sarah Gerson

Dr Sarah Gerson

Senior Lecturer

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