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Dr Nicola Jones

0151 291 3703

I completed my undergraduate degree in Applied Psychology at Durham University and was awarded a departmental scholarship to study for an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of York. My PhD in Psychology (supervised by Dr. Michael Smith and Dr. Leigh Riby at Northumbria University) was entitled ‘Glucoregulation, Memory and the Ageing Brain: Exploring the Mechanisms’. My current research interests include learning, memory and attention, and how these processes are represented behaviourally and at a neural level in both typical and atypical populations. I am particularly interested in face perception and recognition, investigating their neural mechanisms using event-related potentials (ERPs) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). This drove my PhD research, investigating the effects of glucoregulation (blood sugar regulation) on memory and face recognition in older adults. I am also interested in exploring the effects of glucoregulation on memory and face recognition across the lifespan, from children to older adults in both longitudinal and cross-sectional research. This is in part due to my previous work as a research assistant at Newcastle University investigating working memory and attention in typical children and those with Williams syndrome, contributing to an interest in investigating cognitive mechanisms across the lifespan.