Research student, School of Psychology
Perception and action:
The majority of previous research on impulsive action has focused on the basic ability to inhibit responses. I will look at whether it is not just basic inhibition ability, but also control flexibility that is key for curtailing detrimental impulsive acts.
Science in the media:
I am working on a project investigating where things go wrong in the communication between scientists and journalists, with a view to trying to improve the way health-related research is reported in the press. See insciout.com for more information.
2013-2014 – Level 2 Practical Assistant
2013-2014 – Level 3 Vision and Action Practical Assistant
2008-2012 BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology in Cardiff University
2012-2013 Research Assistant, InSciOut, Cardiff University
Research topics and related papers
For my Masters dissertation I will work on the InSciOut project, which so far focused on where things go wrong in the communication between scientists and journalists. The project looked at misreporting of science, but it is not clear yet whether people perceive what scientists regard as misreporting of science differently to correctly reported science. Therefore I will look at whether people perceive the difference between correlational and causal statements of relationship.
For my PhD I will look at whether it is not just basic inhibition ability, but also control flexibility that is key for curtailing detrimental impulsive acts. In the real world, different circumstances require different levels of control, and problematic impulsivity results from insufficient response control when it really matters. Thus it may reflect a failure to adjust control to suit changing and challenging circumstances (including particularly strong urges), rather than just a basic difference in inhibition ability that would show up in every task.
ESRC 1+3 Studentship