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 behavioral intentions of fans. Her research involves behavioural and EEG measurements. She is also supervised by Dr Ali-Reza Elahi (Kharazmi University, Tehran, Iran).

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).


Thanos Vostanis | PhD student – av348@kent.ac.uk
Necati Kartal | MSc student – nk383@kent.ac.uk

Thanos (Tizard Centre, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research) and Necati’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.


Miran Amin | Placement Student – ma714@kent.ac.uk

Miran is busy with different tasks in the lab. In particular he is helping with a review paper on differential effects of anodal and cathodal transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on cognition.


Fern Rodgers | MSc student – fer3@kent.ac.uk

Fern’s interest is rehabilitation in stroke patients, in particular those individuals with language difficulties (aphasia). Their intervention includes a combination of a language training task and electrical brain stimulation.


Hannah Kirrane | MSc student – hrk7@kent.ac.uk

Hanna’s project involves targetted transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) based on real-time monitoring of electroencephalography (EEG) signal. She is hoping to modulate certain oscillatory activity in the brain.


Rebecca Crowley | MSc student – rkc25@kent.ac.uk

Becky’s interest is selective modulation of long-term memory during sleep using transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS). Her project involves recording polysomnography (PSG) data during nap and stimulate at certain phases of sleep.


Amelia Turrell | MSc student – ast21@kent.ac.uk
Neriman Altiparmak | BSc student – na401@kent.ac.uk

Amelia and Neriman 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.


John Allen | MSc student – J.A.Allen@kent.ac.uk
Elif Somer | BSc student – es490@kent.ac.uk
Vaughan Buttrill | BSc student – vrb5@kent.ac.uk

Elif, John and Vaughan are interested in modulatory effects of transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) on visual perception. They want to investigate whether tACS of the visual cortex and part of the prefrontal cortex can modulate perception of shapes.


Susan Absolon | BSc student – sda7@kent.ac.uk
Rakel Svendsen | BSc student – rs642@kent.ac.uk
Laura Carlin | BSc student – ljc51@kent.ac.uk

Sue, Rakel and Carlin are interested in effects of lyrics on short- and long-term memories. They use both behavioural and electroencephalography (EEG) measurements in their study.


Julie Mason | BSc student – jjm28@kent.ac.uk
Elisabeth Smith | BSc student – es493@kent.ac.uk
Angela Machado | BSc student – am2124@kent.ac.uk

Julie, Lizzy and Angela 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.


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

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

Honorary Members

Charlotte Boatman | MSc student 2016-2017

Past members — current friends and colleagues

Yashoda Gopi | MSc student 2016-2017

Anna-Barbara Trimborn | BSc student 2016-2017

Laura Coventry | BSc student 2016-2017

Yee (Ivy) Sung | BSc student 2016-2017

Amy Irving | BSc student 2016-2017

Daniel Osei-Abrokwah | BSc student 2016-2017

Asma Alkhan | BSc student 2016-2017

Gabriela Siovolgyi | BSc student 2016-2017

Marcus Deboo | BSc student 2016-2017

Seunghyon (Noella) Yoo | BSc student 2016-2017