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Miss Aysha Motala

Miss Aysha Motala

Research student, School of Optometry and Vision Sciences

I am a final year PhD candidate investigating sensory time perception and specifically whether this is a centralised or distributed feature using advanced psychophysics and behavioural experiments. A broader overview of my research focuses on questions such as, how do human brains process time? What about timing information coming in from different senses (for example, vision and touch)? How exactly do we make sense of it all?

Research interests

Time perception, multisensory perception, psychophysics, computational modelling

Educational and Professional Qualifications

2011-2014: Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience (BSc Hons), University of Nottingham

Academic Positions

  • Research Assistant (Project Supervisor: Alex Holcombe), University of Sydney, Australia (May 2015 – September 2015)
  • Research Assistant (Project Supervisor: Magda Osman), Queen Mary, University of London (August 2013 – September 2013)

Honours and Awards

  • University of Nottingham Work Experience Grant Award
  • Nottingham University Advantage Award
  • TRF Student Travel Grant 2017
  • CUROP Summer Placement Grant

Conference/seminar presentations

  • BCOVS 2016 (Ulster University, N. Ireland)
  • PGR Seminar Series, Autumn 2016, School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Cardiff University
  • AVA Christmas Meeting 2016 (Queen Mary, University of London)
  • EPS Timing Workshop 2017 (John Moores University, Liverpool)
  • Speaking of Science 2017 (Cardiff University)
  • Young Vision Researcher’s Colloquium 2017 (Bath University)
  • BCOVS 2017 (Plymouth University, England)
  • 1st International Conference of the Timing Research Forum 2017 – Strasbourg, France
  • AVA Christmas Meeting 2017 (Queen Mary, University of London)
  • International Multisensory Research Forum 2018 (University of Toronto, Canada)
  • Young Vision Researcher’s Colloquium 2018 (Bristol University)
  • BCOVS 2018 (Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, England)

Innovation and Engagement

  • Step Up Summer School Ambassador as part of Cardiff University’s Widening Participation programme
  • STEM Ambassador
  • Pint of Science 2018 Event Manager
  • Brain Games volunteer 2018

University Committees

  • Speaking of Science Organising Committee 2017
  • School of Optometry and Vision Sciences Research Committee (RESCOM) 2016-present
  • Chair of Staff-Student Panel, School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Cardiff University 2017-present
  • Postgraduate Research Committee, School of Optometry and Vision Sciences 2017-present

External Committees/Memberships

International TRF ECR Committee (Chair of NewsECR) 2017-present


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