Isobel Ward

Isobel Ward

Research student, School of Psychology

Email:
wardi@cardiff.ac.uk
Location:
Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre, Maindy Road, Cardiff, CF24 4HQ

My research involves studying the neural mechanisms responsible for processing social signals.  I am particularly interested in understanding how context affects the processing of emotion from faces, and how we combine emotion information from different signals using a social cue integration framework. Furthermore, my work will explore how children develop this ability to process multiple social cues. The importance of context in emotion research has only recently become clear and appears to play a fundamental role when an observer is making an emotional judgement. In order to answer these types of questions, I primarily use MRI and psychophysical techniques.

Research interests

My research involves studying the neural mechanisms responsible for processing social signals.  I am particularly interested in understanding how context affects the processing of emotion from faces, and how we combine emotion information from different signals using a social cue integration framework. Furthermore, my work will explore how children develop this ability to process multiple social cues. The importance of context in emotion research has only recently become clear and appears to play a fundamental role when an observer is making an emotional judgement. In order to answer these types of questions, I primarily use MRI and psychophysical techniques.

Teaching

- Psychology: Year 2 – Developmental Psychology Practical.

- Bioscience: Year 1 and Year 2 Practical Demonstrator for Biomedical Science courses (Neuroscience and Physiology) and Medical Head and Neck Anatomy Practical Demonstrator.

Thesis

Informatoin Processing in the Social Brain

Funding source

School of Psychology