Miss Kayley Birch-Hurst

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About me

I completed my BSc Psychology degree from Cardiff University in 2019, at which time I was offered a position as a research assistant to complete a project investigating the neural mirroring of facial expressions. I later secured a research assistant post at UWE which has led to my current role as an associate lecturer teaching topics related to sensation, perception and attention for the Introduction to Psychology module. At UWE, I also supervise on the Psychology in Action module (Level 1) and the Developing Self and Society module (Level 2).

Broadly, my research interests are centered around cognitive neuroscience, visual perception, and perceptual learning; more specifically, I am interested in exploring the underlying cognitive and neural mechanisms that underly visual perception. I'm currently interested in pursuing a PhD to examine how and why certain populations exhibit enhanced visual search abilities, and how these abilities can be trained.

Area of expertise

Cognitive neuroscience

Sensorimotor simulation
Visual perception
Perceptual learning
Visual search
Effects of expertise on visual cognition


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