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Dr Adela Iliescu

Dr Adela Iliescu

Research Associate

School of Psychology

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

Overview

My current research is concerned with a better understanding of learning mechanisms and performance, combining empirical evidence with theoretical development. Learning theories assume a monotonical mapping between what it is learnt and how this is translated into observable behaviour. Recent studies that have taken multiple measures of learnt behaviour challenge this assumption and highlight the importance of understanding how me measure psychological processes. I developed an interactive app to showcase this research, HeiDI (the model we are curently developing) and its predictions  [https://ynnna.shinyapps.io/HeiDI_model/]. The code for the app is freely available on the Open Science Framework [https://osf.io/mej6p/?view_only=252585cc51fa477fa1c00a95269fd657]

I am a member of the Early Career Researchers (ECR) Forum. I represent ECRs on the School Board, any query is wellcome. 

I am advocate of open science practices which ensure replicability, transparency and collaborations (OSF profile: https://osf.io/h4fyg/).

Biography

Undergraduate education

2008 – 2014-  BSc Psychology, University of Granada, Spain

Postgraduate education

2014-2015 –MSc  in Cognitive and Behavioural  Neuroscience, University of Granada, Spain

2016-2020 - PhD, Cardiff University

Employment

November  2014 – July 2016: Research Assistant at University of Granada

February 2020 - Present: Research Associate, Cardiff University

Honours and awards

2020 - Early Career Contribution Award, APA (American Psychological Association, Division 3)

2020 - Hadyn Ellis Prize for Best PhD

2018  - Prize for Junior Researcher of the year, School of Psychology, Cardiff University

2018 - Brain Guarantors Travel Award for presenting my research at 11th FENS Forum of Neuroscience, Berlin

2016 - 2020 PhD studentship from the School of Psychology, Cardiff University

Committees and reviewing

Journal Reviewer

  • Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
  • Psychonomic Bulletin and Review

Publications

2021

2020

2019

2018

2016

2014

Teaching

October 2020 - February 2021: Lecturer (0.2 FTE), Research Methods in Psychology  (PS1018)

2016 - 2019: Postgraduate Tutor (Leading small-group tutorials aimed at improving critical thinking and scientific writing skills)

Learning theories assume a monotonical mapping between what it is learnt and how this is translated into observable behaviour. Recent studies that have taken multiple measures of learnt behaviour challenge this assumption. My research is concerned with a better understanding of learning mechanisms and performance, combining empirical evidence with theoretical development.

More generally, I am interested in understanding behaviour determinates.

I am advocate of open science practices which ensure replicability, transparency and collaborations (OSF profile: https://osf.io/h4fyg/).

Research group

Behavioural Neuroscience

Research collaborators

Professor Rob Honey

Professor Dominic Dwyer

Professor Lawrence Wilkinson

Professor Jeremy Hall