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Bianca Ivanof

PhD student
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I study sense of agency under the supervision of Dr James Moore and Dr Devin Terhune.

The sense of agency refers to the feeling of being in the driving seat when it comes to our actions. As part of my PhD, I am investigating sense of agency’s relationship with learning by employing behavioural and neurological methods. I also have an interest in free will, philosophy of science and advanced statistics.

In the past, I conducted research in curiosity, memory and learning with my former supervisor at Kingston University, Dr Giulia Galli.

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Dimitra Kale

PhD student
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My work aims to examine the role that impulsivity traits play to motivation and engagement in using quit smoking services, and success in quitting smoking.

Qualifications and Academic career

2014-2015 Research Associate, University College London
2010-2014 Research Assistant, University College London
2010 MSc Health Psychology, King’s College London and University College London
2009 BSc (Hons) Psychology, Brunel University London
2003 BSc Civil Infrastructure Engineering, Higher Technological Educational Institute (T.E.I) of Thessaloniki, Greece 

See my research outputs on Goldsmiths Research Online

Diego Nardi

PhD student
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In carrying out research on applied memory, I've worked on projects linked to cognitive and social aspects involved in investigative interviewing, eyewitness memory, and suggestibility.

The overall aim of my work is to gain a better insight into the underlying cognitive processes required to eyewitnesses and victims during an investigation, and thereby improve the quality of the evidence provided.

My PhD research will examine how individual differences in key cognitive abilities correlate with the performance of eyewitnesses in relevant tasks. General theories are not sufficient to produce such an understanding in the applied field; therefore, the relationship between selected cognitive abilities will be analysed. In addition, the correlation between them and eyewitnesses' reliability of evidence will be explored. The ultimate goal is to develop a screening tool for the police to use to identify witnesses who are most likely to be able to provide reliable evidence and make accurate identifications, helping police forces to develop major leads during an investigation with the most efficient use of time and resources.

Tao Yang

PhD student
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Her work aims to examine the neurocognitive mechansims that contribute to changes to social perception abilities as we age. Using behavioural, brain stimulation (tDCS, tRNS etc.) and brain imaging (EEG) methods to study emotion recognition, face perception, and social cognition (perspective taking, theory of mind).