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Dr Claudia von Bastian is a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Sheffield. Her research focuses on cognitive individual differences and how cognitive abilities can change through experience.

Claudia obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Zurich in 2012, where she worked with Klaus Oberauer. During her PhD, she also spent a year at the University of Bristol as a visiting researcher in Chris Jarrold's lab. Afterward, she returned to the University of Zurich as a Research Associate and Lecturer. Before joining Sheffield in 2017, she was a Research Associate in Akira Miyake's lab at the University of Colorado Boulder, working in close collaboration with Mike Kane, and later a Lecturer in Psychology at Bournemouth University.

Most of Claudia's teaching is on cognitive psychology (e.g., PSY1002 Cognitive Psychology I), research methods (e.g., workshops on Organizing, Preprocessing, and Aggregating Data in R and Conducting Computer-Based Studies Online and Offline with Tatool Web), and professional skills (e.g., PSY6231 Professional Skills).

Claudia is currently co-leading the local UK Reproducibility Network (together with Jim Uttley) and the departmental Open Science Lead which involves informing, coordinating, and providing training in recent Open Science developments. She is also an Associate Editor at Memory and Behavior Research Methods, and an Editorial Board Member at the Journal of Cognitive Enhancement and Frontiers. Together with André Locher, Claudia also develops Tatool, an open-source and freely available software for creating and running experiments.

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Dr Rob Udale is a Research Associate in Psychology at the University of Sheffield. Rob uses computational modelling and behavioural experiments to understand cognitive abilities, such as working memory, attention, and decision making. In our project funded by the ESRC Open Research Area VI Call, entitled "Cognitive Training Effects Across the Adult Lifespan: A Diffusion Modelling Approach", he is currently investigating how attentional training might improve speed of processing, and how its benefits might change across the lifespan. This project is conducted in collaboration with Prof Tilo Strobach (Medical School Hamburg, Germany) and Prof Sylvie Belleville (Université de Montréal, Canada).

Rob’s previous research has investigated the decision-making components and strategies involved in memory retrieval, how memory resources are allocated, and how resource capacity and eye-movements interact to determine memory retrieval.

Rob completed his PhD at the University of Bristol in 2017 under the supervision of Dr Chris Kent and Prof Simon Farrell, after which he was a research associate in Prof Masud Husain’s lab at the University of Oxford, before joining Sheffield in 2021.

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Christ Billy Aryanto is a PhD student in Psychology at the University of Sheffield. In his PhD project, Billy investigates the role of active and receptive music uses on executive functions. Billy's PhD is funded by the Indonesian Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP). His co-superviser is Dr Emma Blakey.

Before joining our lab as a PhD student, Billy worked as Assistant Professor in Educational Psychology at Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia. Before becoming an Assistant Professor, Billy gained two Master degrees. He first completed the Psychology of Music MA program at the University of Sheffield. In his thesis (supervised by Dr Victoria Williamson), Billy investigated the effects of music with lyrics on writing fluency and quality. Billy then also gained an MSc in Educational Psychology from the Universitas Indonesia. In his thesis, Billy investigated the effect of Western Classical Music compared to Indonesian Traditional Music on college students’ spatial reasoning, supervised by Dr Linda Primana and Dr Julia Suleeman.

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Hakin Atis is a PhD student in Psychology at the University of Sheffield. In his PhD project, Hakan investigates the effects of working memory training on attention. His co-superviser is Dr Dan Carroll.

Before joining our lab as a PhD student, Hakan completed the Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology MSc program at Birkbeck University. In his thesis (supervised by Professor Richard Cooper), Hakan investigated the effects of secondary-task interference on performance in the Wisconsin Card Sorting task.

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Shuangke Jiang is a PhD student in Psychology at the University of Sheffield. In her PhD project, Shuangke investigates the effects of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on working memory. Her co-superviser is Dr Myles Jones.

Before joining our lab as a PhD student, Shuangke completed the Cognitive Neuroscience and Human Neuroimaging MSc program at the University of Sheffield. In her thesis (supervised by Dr Chris Martin), Shuangke investigated the effects of tDCS on brain activity, neurovascular coupling and neuroimaging signals in an animal model. Afterward, Shuangke supported our lab as a Voluntary Research Assistant working on a literature review of tDCS effects on working memory.

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Fred Garvey is an MSc student in the Cognitive Neuroscience and Human Neuroimaging program. In his thesis, he investigates the relationship between removal efficiency and accuracy of substitution in working memory updating. This project is a collaboration with Dr Gidon Frischkorn (University of Zurich). Before joining our lab, Fred was a research assistant at the University of Nebraska Medical Center researching symptom profiles and medication regimens for child and adolescent patients of the psychiatric clinic. He also assisted in research investigating the efficacy of intranasal oxytocin for treatment of adolescent irritability and the corresponding changes in amygdala activity.

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Eleanor Hyde is an MSc student in the Cognitive Neuroscience and Human Neuroimaging program. In her thesis, she investigates the benefits of playing action video games on multiple object tracking with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). This project is a collaboration with Dr Julia Foecker (University of Lincoln).

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Alex Montgomery is an MSc student in the Psychological Research Methods with Data Science program. In his thesis, he investigates the how playing action video games is related to cognitive performance.

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Dilara Steenken is a Voluntary Research Assistant supporting our lab working in a variety of projects, including our new ORA/ESRC-funded project on cognitive training and diffusion modelling. Before joining our lab, Dilara gained her BSc in Psychology from Akdeniz University, Turkey.

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Co-Supervised PhD Students

Bashirat Ibrahim (University of Sheffield) investigates the role of virtual simulated intergroup contact, integrative complexity and life skills among adolescents. Her primary supervisor is Dr Chantelle Wood.

Vidya N (Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Kochi, India) investigates neuropsychological functioning, emotional processing and quality of life in patients with benign brain tumors treated with CyberKnife. Her primary supervisor is Dr Gitanjali Natarajan.

Kübra Ulusoy (University of Sheffield) investigates approach-avoidance conflict during adolescence. Her primary supervisor is Dr Liat Levita.

Jiawei Xie (University of Sheffield) investigates the role of emotion memory in procrastination. His primary supervisor is Dr Fuschia Sirois.

Sisi Yang (University of Sheffield) investigates the temporal mood-regulation dynamics of procrastination. Her primary supervisor is Dr Fuschia Sirois.

Lab Alumni (2017 and later)

Nilosmita (Akira) Banerjee supported our lab as a Voluntary Research Assistant in a project applying diffusion modelling techniques to training effects on switching between tasks. Before joining our lab, Akira completed the Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience MSc program at the University of Sheffield.

Robin Cafferata completed the Cognitive Neuroscience and Human Neuroimaging MSc program at the University of Sheffield. In his thesis, he conducted a pre-registered systematic review and meta-analysis on the effectiveness of cognitive stimulation for dementia. After completing his degree, Robin took on a position as Assistant Psychologist.

Dr Carla De Simoni received her PhD in Psychology from the University of Zurich in 2017. In her PhD project, Carla investigated the effects of working memory training in young adults with a particular focus on candidate mechanisms proposed to drive training and transfer effects. After completing her PhD, Carla took on a position as Customer and Business Analyst at Möbel Pfister AG, a large furniture retailer in Switzerland.

Dr Sabrina Guye obtained her PhD in Psychology at the University Research Priority Program Dynamics of Healthy Aging at the University of Zurich and as a Fellow of the International Max Planck Research School on the Life Course (LIFE) PhD program in 2018. In her PhD project, Sabrina conducted a study on the effectiveness of working memory training in healthy older adults, with a particular focus on context factors such as personality, motivation, and everyday life activities. After completing her PhD, Sabrina took on a position as a Real World Data Scientist completing the StarTrack: Data Science to Personalised Healthcare Programme at Roche, Switzerland.

Rehneesa Inez completed the Cognitive Neuroscience and Human Neuroimaging MSc program at the University of Sheffield. In her thesis, she investigated metacognitive processing in working memory training.

Peter Karakostas supported our lab as a Voluntary Research Assistant working on a project investigating training effects on quantity and quality of representations in working memory. He also supported us in a meta-analysis on the effects of bilingualism on meta-linguistic awareness. Peter is currently completing his BSc in Psychology degree at the University of Sheffield.

Tyler Mari completed the Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience MSc program at the University of Sheffield. In his thesis, he investigated the effects of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on working memory. His thesis was co-supervised by Dr Myles Jones. After completing his degree, Tyler took on a position as Demonstrator and PhD student at the University of Liverpool.

Alex Patterson completed the Psychological Research Methods with Advanced Statistics MSc program at the University of Sheffield. In his thesis, he investigated individual differences in the focus of attention in working memory and how they relate to fluid intelligence. After completing his degree, Alex started a PhD at the Data Analytics & Society ESRC Centre for Doctoral Training.

Lisa Rudram completed the Cognitive Neuroscience and Human Neuroimaging MSc program at the University of Sheffield. In her thesis, she investigated potential cognitive benefits of being bilingual using ex-Gaussian distribution analysis.

Fiona Stewart completed the Psychological Research Methods MSc program at the University of Sheffield. In her thesis, she investigated the relationship between cross-cultural skills and shifting between mental sets. Fiona also supported us as a Research Assistant in a White Rose Collaboration project examining functional ability in older adults. After completing her degree, Fiona took on a position as Senior Administrator in Digital Learning at the University of Sheffield.

Kristina Xhaferaj completed the Psychological Research Methods with Advanced Statistics MSc program at the University of Sheffield. In her thesis, she investigated processing speed practice effects using diffusion modelling. Kristina also supported us as a Voluntary Research Assistant in a project on the relationship between cross-cultural skills and shifting between mental sets, and as a Research Assistant in a White Rose Collaboration project examining functional ability in older adults. After completing her degree, Kristina took on a position as Trainee Developer at Cloud2 Ltd.

Agnieszka (Agnes) Zajac supported our lab as a Voluntary Research Assistant in a project on the effects of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on working memory. Agnes studied Bioengineering at the University of Sheffield.

Hao Zheng completed the Psychological Research Methods program. In her thesis, she investigated practice effects on prioritisation of representations in working memory.