I recently graduated with a bachelor’s in psychology and I am working towards a career in cognitive psychology and neuroscience. As a lab volunteer, I am interested in analyzing how autistic people may perceive, use and respond to information from their senses (such as vision and hearing) differently. I’m especially interested in how perceptual differences may be related to differences how autistic people learn and move and do other things, and how this is related to differences in the brain. More broadly, I want to support research into how individuals may systematically organize and use information differently and the effects of this, particularly those with atypical neurodevelopmental (e.g. autism, ADHD, and intellectual disability) or psychiatric profiles (e.g. bipolar, recurring hallucinations). Basic differences can have cascading effects on how someone lives and interacts with the world, so I think understanding these can strengthen a foundation of understanding and effective support for people with these conditions.
Outside of lab I am interest in going outdoors, keeping up with news about autism neuroscience and psychology, video games and reading science fiction as well as some art and writing. I am very happy to be working in a lab where everyone is so passionate about producing thoughtful and meaningful research!