Solveiga Stonkute

Research student, School of Psychology

Research summary

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.

Teaching summary

2013-2014 – Level 2 Practical  Assistant
2013-2014 – Level 3 Vision and  Action Practical Assistant

Undergraduate education

2008-2012 BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology in Cardiff  University

Employment

2012-2013 Research Assistant, InSciOut, Cardiff  University

Research interests

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.

Funding

ESRC 1+3 Studentship

Research group

Cognitive Science

Research collaborators

Professor Petroc Sumner

Dr Chris Chambers