Our Team

Dr Amir-Homayoun Javadi | group leader – a.h.javadi@gmail.com

Amir-Homayoun is a senior lecturer in cognitive neuroscience at School of Psychology, University of Kent, an honorary research associate at Institute of Behavioural Neuroscience, University College London, and a visit professor at School of Rehabilitation at Tehran University of Medical Sciences. Prior to taking up his position at University of Kent he was a postdoctoral researcher at University College London (UK), Dresden University of Technology (Germany) and Humboldt University in Berlin (Germany).

With a background in electrical engineering he finished his PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London. Combining his engineering and scientific training, he aims at using different tools and methods to understand brain mechanisms underneath memory, learning and decision making. His ultimate goal is to develop innovative intervention methods to help healthy ageing and faster rehabilitation and recovery of individuals suffering from a form of brain injury, such as stroke.

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Fadi Ifram | PhD student – fi32@kent.ac.uk

Fadi started his PhD in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Kent in September 2016. Before commencing his PhD, he obtained an MSc and MRes in Molecular Neuroscience and Brain Sciences at the University of Bristol (UK) and University College London (UK), respectively. His research focuses on the enhancement of long-term memory and its associated neural oscillatory activity using methods such as physical exercise, electrical- and magnetic brain stimulation, as well as neuroimaging techniques such as EEG.

Mariam Taherikia| PhD student – maria.taherikia@yahoo.com

Mariam’s research is on neurophysiological analysis of impact of social responsibility of famous athletes on behavioural intentions of fans. Her research involves behavioural and EEG measurements. She is also supervised by Dr Ali-Reza Elahi (Kharazmi University, Tehran, Iran).

Diane Abdallah | PhD Student – da401@kent.ac.uk

Diane’s PhD is on examining how perceptual input and neural activity affect perception of ambiguous figures such as Rubin’s Faces/vase image or the well-known Necker Cube. She uses psychophysics, EEG and multi-variate analysis of EEG data, and brain stimulation in her studies.

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Jafar Zamani | PhD Student – zamani.jafar@yahoo.com

Jafar’s research is on computational modelling of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). His current focus is on freely available neuroimaging databases such as ADNI and MIRIAD. He uses different methods of artificial intelligence, in particular Deep Learning, as well as statistical methods to investigate possible structural difference between AD patients and healthy population. Jafar is also supervised by Dr Ali Sard (Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran).

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Amelia Turrell | PhD student – ast28@kent.ac.uk (homepage)
Sarah Burke | BSc student – slb77@kent.ac.uk
Ellie Tozer | Placement Student – elt27@kent.ac.uk

Amelia, Sarah and Ellie are investigating the emotional effects of music. In particular they are investigating the neural correlate of brain response to drops in music. For sample stimuli listen to this piece for stronger and this piece for weaker drops. The drops happen around second 14 in these samples. They use electroencephalography (EEG) in their research.

Chiara Gattoni| PhD student – chiaragat00@yahoo.it

Chiara is investigating an innovative form of cognitive training (brain endurance training) developed to increase resistance to mental fatigue and improve exercise performance. She is currently studying the effects of it on physically-inactive people, testing the hypothesis that a cognitive training alone would enhance exercise performance by itself. The results of this study might potentially change the way endurance athletes are physically and cognitively trained and might also help injured athletes to have a faster recovery. She is also supervised by Sam Marcora (University of Kent).

Tony Kesisoglou| PhD student – apk9@kent.ac.uk

Tony’s research focus is looking at training science and training load for team sport athletes. In particular, he is investigating the training intensity-duration relationship. Apart from the traditional physiological approaches of training, Antonios’ research is aiming to model a new method for training load, taking into account both physiological and cognitive demands placed by training stress. He is also supervised by Professor Louis Passfield (University of Kent/ Calgary University), Dr. Andrea Nicolo (Foro Italico University of Rome) and Dr. Chris Fullerton (University of Kent).

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Thanos Vostanis | PhD student – av348@kent.ac.uk
Wesley Pyke | MRes student – wp67@kent.ac.uk

Thanos (Tizard Centre, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research) and Wesley’s project investigates whether transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) can modulate performance in Precision Teaching (PT). They are mostly interested in long-term effects of PT in combination with tDCS.

Elif Somer | Research Assistant – es490@kent.ac.uk

Elif’s project investigates effect of transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) on visual perception. In particular she looks at effect of application of tACS on visual cortex and prefrontal cortex.

Susan Absolon | MRes student – sda22@kent.ac.uk

Sue’s interest is on emotion and arousal. Her project investigates effect of heightened and lowered arousal on memory consolidation. She uses ice-bucket and meditation to increase and decrease arousal, respectively.

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Melodie Bogart | MSc student – mb950@kent.ac.uk

Melodie investigates effect of transcranial electrical brain stimulation (tDCS) on perception of emotions, in particular fear and disgust. She uses facial Electromyography (EMG) to detect small activities in facial muscles.

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Laura Carlin | MSc student – ljc64@kent.ac.uk
Sarah Butt | BSc student – srb33@kent.ac.uk
Nicholas Roy | BSc student – nr271@kent.ac.uk

Laura, Sarah and Nik’s project looks at effect of music preference on memory performance. They will look at classical and pop music, in particular, while participants memorise some stimuli.

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Valeria Trabattoni | BSc student – vt203@kent.ac.uk
Lydia Orton | BSc student – lgo2@kent.ac.uk
Yoann Chantrel | BSc student – yfc2@kent.ac.uk

Valeria, Lydia and Yoann are interested in effects of transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) on long-term memory. They use electroencephalography (EEG) in their research to monitor brain activity following tACS.

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Isabella Sewell | BSc student – igs3@kent.ac.uk
Harriet Caesley | BSc student – htpc2@kent.ac.uk

Isabella and Harriet’s interests are dance and motor performance. Their project investigates the effects of electrical brain stimulation on learning of new dance moves.

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Miran Amin | BSc student – ma714@kent.ac.uk
Sunasu Turk | BSc student – st534@kent.ac.uk

Miran and Sunasu’s project looks at effect of concurrent electrical brain stimulation and physical exercise on long-term memory.

Honorary Members

Past members – Class 2017-18

Past members – Class 2016-17