Interested in joining our lab as a voluntary research assistant, PhD student or postdoctoral researcher? Please read this before contacting us.

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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 they 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 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 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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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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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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Peter Karakostas is a Voluntary Research Assistant in our lab working on a project investigating training effects on quantity and quality of represenations in working memory. He is also supporting us in a meta-analysis on the effects of bilingualism on meta-linguistic awareness. Peter is a second-year BSc student in Psychology at the University of Sheffield.

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Hao Zheng is an MSc student in the Psychological Research Methods program.

In her thesis, she investigates practice effects on prioritisation of representations in working memory.

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Co-Supervised PhD Students

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

Kübra Ulusoy investigates approach-avoidance conflict during adolescence. Her primary supervisor is Dr Liat Levita.

Jiawei Xie investigates the role of emotional memory in procrastination. His primary supervisor is Dr Fuschia Sirois.

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

Lab Alumni (2017 and later)

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.

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.