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RIKKI LISSAMAN

PhD student

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EDUCATION

PhD Cognitive Neuroscience, Cardiff University, 2018-Present

MSc Brain Imaging, University of Nottingham, 2016-2017 

BSc Psychology, University of Birmingham, 2013-2016

 

PROFILE

I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Birmingham in 2016. During this time, I was awarded a Biomedical Vacation Scholarship by the Wellcome Trust to pursue a research placement at the University of Sheffield. Supervised by Dr Nikki Hunkin, I designed and conducted a pilot study to assess the feasibility of using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to better understand the role of the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex in temporal order memory. Following this, I joined the Cerebra Centre for Neurodevelopment Disorders, University of Birmingham as a research assistant. In this role, I assisted with behavioural testing sessions of children with rare neurodevelopment disorders, both at the university and during home visits across the UK. I then moved to the University of Nottingham, where I completed a postgraduate degree in Brain Imaging. Here I worked with Professor Ed Wilding on a research project exploring the impact of preparation time on episodic retrieval.

 

I am currently pursuing a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at Cardiff University. Supervised by Dr Carl Hodgetts and Professor Andrew Lawrence, my current research examines whether genetic risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease affect the brain and cognition. I am particularly interested in the effect that such factors may have on brain networks supporting memory and spatial cognition.