I hail from the UK but have been living in Canada for the past few years. I'm currently a PhD student at the University of British Columbia studying Psychology / Cognitive Science.
My main areas of research are:
Exercise and Cognition
Exercise has been shown to improve many aspects of cognitive function including attention, learning and memory. For this line of research, I'm interested in understanding 1) the mechanism by which exercise improves cognition and 2) the real world impacts of exercise beyond physical health benefits (e.g. how does exercise affect exam performance?).
Motion and Cognition
In addition to exercise, I'm interested in motion more generally and how it relates to cognitive function. This line of research looks at how gait dynamics (e.g. walking) are related to changes in cognition. For example, can increases in cognitive load be identified via changes in gait?
Additionally, decline in cognitive functioning and increased risk of falling have typically been observed in elderly populations. Therefore, another goal of this research is to develop a set of diagnostic tools that can analyze gait dynamics with the goal of informing those individuals of near term fall risk.
Smartphones as research tools
While not a line of research per se, I'm very interested in using emerging technologies as tools to improve the process of science. Many of my exercise/motion based studies utilize smartphones. One of my interests is developing smartphone apps that can utilize onboard accelerometers for gait measurement. Hopefully this will provide researchers with easier (and cheaper) access to tools that can be used to study exercise and motion - they just need to pull out their phone.
Human Computer Interaction (HCI)
How is the user experience impacted by 1) interface design choices, and 2) cognition of the end user?
Understanding the limitations of human cognition allows for more informed design decisions, with the ultimate goal of improving end-user experience. My entry point into this line of research examined the impact of sex and cognitive load on the learning of digital maps.
When I'm not doing research I enjoy keeping up with trends in modern data science and learning about new statistical methods or new deep learning techniques. I can also be found playing the guitar, doing visual effects, and tinkering with Raspberry Pis!