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Dr Claudia von Bastian is a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Sheffield. Her research focuses on cognitive individual differences and how they can change through experience.

Claudia obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Zurich in 2012, where she worked with Klaus Oberauer. During her PhD, she also spent a year at the University of Bristol as a visiting researcher in Chris Jarrold's lab. Afterward, she returned to the University of Zurich as a Research Associate and Lecturer. Before joining Sheffield in 2017, she was a Research Associate in Akira Miyake's lab at the University of Colorado Boulder, working in close collaboration with Mike Kane, and later a Lecturer in Psychology at Bournemouth University.

Most of Claudia's teaching is on cognitive psychology (e.g., PSY1002 Cognitive Psychology I), research methods (e.g., workshops on Organizing, Preprocessing, and Aggregating Data in R and Conducting Computer-Based Studies Online and Offline with Tatool Web), and professional skills (e.g., PSY6231 Professional Skills).

Claudia is currently the departmental Open Science Lead which involves informing, coordinating, and providing training in recent Open Science developments. She is also an Associate Editor at Memory and an Editorial Board Member at the Journal of Cognitive Enhancement and Frontiers. In addition to her research and teaching activities, Claudia is involved in the development of Tatool, an open-source software for creating and running experiments.

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Rehneesa Inez is an MSc student in the Cognitive Neuroscience and Human Neuroimaging program. In her thesis, she investigates metacognitive processing in working memory training.

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Jamie Leach is an MSc student in the Cognitive Neuroscience and Human Neuroimaging program. In his thesis, he investigates effects of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on working memory. His thesis is co-supervised by Dr Myles Jones.

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Tyler Mari is an MSc student in the Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience program. In his thesis, he investigates effects of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on working memory. His thesis is co-supervised by Dr Myles Jones.

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Fiona Stewart is an MSc student in the Psychological Research Methods program.

In her thesis, she investigates the relationship between cross-cultural skills and executive functions. Fiona is also a Research Assistant at the School of Education in a BA/Leverhulme funded project on identity and well-being in heritage language families.

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Kristina Xhaferaj is an MSc student in the Psychological Research Methods with Advanced Statistics program.

In her thesis, she investigates practice effects using diffusion modelling. Kristina is also a research assistant in a White Rose Collaboration project examining functional ability in older adults.

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Co-Supervised PhD Students

Chris Peters investigates how big data can be used as an approach to understand skill learning. His primary supervisor is Dr Tom Stafford.

Jiawei Xie investigates the role of emotional memory in procrastination. His primary supervisor is Dr Fuschia Sirois.

Lab Alumni (2017 and later)

Robin Cafferata completed the Cognitive Neuroscience and Human Neuroimaging MSc program at the University of Sheffield. In his thesis, he conducted a pre-registered systematic review and meta-analysis on the effectiveness of cognitive stimulation for dementia. Robin is now an Assistant Psychologist.

Dr Carla De Simoni received her PhD in Psychology from the University of Zurich in 2017. In her PhD project, Carla investigated the effects of working memory training in young adults with a particular focus on candidate mechanisms proposed to drive training and transfer effects. She is now a Customer and Business Analyst at Möbel Pfister AG, a large furniture retailer in Switzerland.

Dr Sabrina Guye obtained her PhD in Psychology at the University Research Priority Program Dynamics of Healthy Aging at the University of Zurich and as a Fellow of the International Max Planck Research School on the Life Course (LIFE) PhD program in 2018. In her PhD project, Sabrina conducted a study on the effectiveness of working memory training in healthy older adults, with a particular focus on context factors such as personality, motivation, and everyday life activities. She is now a Real World Data Scientist completing the StarTrack: Data Science to Personalised Healthcare Programme at Roche, Switzerland.

Alex Patterson completed the Psychological Research Methods with Advanced Statistics MSc program at the University of Sheffield. In his thesis, he investigated individual differences in the focus of attention in working memory and how they relate to fluid intelligence. Alex is now a PhD student at the Data Analytics & Society ESRC Centre for Doctoral Training.

Lisa Rudram completed the Cognitive Neuroscience and Human Neuroimaging MSc program at the University of Sheffield. In her thesis, she investigated potential cognitive benefits of being bilingual using ex-Gaussian distribution analysis.

Jiang, Shuangke supported our lab as a voluntary research assistant working on a literature review of tDCS effects on working memory. She completed the Cognitive Neuroscience and Human Neuroimaging MSc program at the University of Sheffield. In her thesis (supervised by Dr Chris Martin), Jiang investigated the effects of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on brain activity, neurovascular coupling and neuroimaging signals in an animal model.