Kami earned a dual BA degree in Music and Philosophy at Pomona College in California. After several years teaching children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental disorders, she returned to graduate school and completed a PhD in Neuroscience at the University of California, Davis. She then spent four years as a postdoctoral researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, working with Nancy Kanwisher. She joined the faculty at Bangor in 2013.
Kami is a Reader in the school of Psychology and part of the Social Neuroscience research group in the school.
Her research interests include: The development of social perception and social cognition across the lifespan, Autism Spectrum Disorder and other neurodevelopmental disorders that affect social perception and cognition, and the brain bases of social perception and social cognition.
Our current research program addresses three intertwined questions:
- What is the cognitive and neural architecture of social perception in typical adults?
- How does the social perception system arise and change across typical development?
- How is social perception and its development altered in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and what are the neural bases of these social differences?
To address these questions, we use a variety of methods, including behavioral and eye-tracking paradigms, visual psychophysics and both structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in individuals with developmental disorders as well as typical children and adults.
Many of the current projects in the lab are focused on the perception and understanding of social interactions viewed from a 3rd-person perspective.
Kami supervises undergraduate and Masters students on projects that encompass a broad range of topics in social perception and social neuroscience.
She is currently supervising five PhD students: Ioana Mihai, Rachel Newey, Laura Jastzrab, Rin Voigt-Hill, and Lois Pierce-Jones.
Her supervision includes three current postdoctoral scholars: Julia Landsiedel, Simona Skripkauskaite, and Katie Daughters.
She teaches a specialist 3rd-year module: Brain Development and Degeneration and co-teachers Biological Bases of Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the Masters level.
Social Interaction Perception and the Social Brain Across Typical and Atypical Development - Becoming Social
ERC Starting Grant: £1,157,461.00
30/03/17 - 30/03/22
Developmental Change in the Posterior Superior Temporal Sulcus
Royal Society: £14,929.00
1/11/14 → 31/10/15
Person Perception in Typical and Atypical Development
British Academy: £9,681.00
1/10/14 → 30/09/16
Lead for ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership, Psychology pathway
Co-Director for Research at Tir Na n'Og
Admissions Tutor on the Psychology PhD committee
Member of the Bangor Imaging Centre Steering Group
Lab Website: https://sites.google.com/view/devsocialvislab/
Current Office Hours: Mondays 1-3pm
Self-funded (inc. agency-funded) projects: Dr. Koldewyn welcomes informal enquiries from prospective PhD students interested in projects related to Social Perception or Social Neuroscience, especially those that are interested in how social perception, or the social brain, changes across development and/or across the life-span. She would also welcome students interested in research relevant to neurodevelopmental disorders that affect social perception and/or social cognition, including particularly Autism and Fragile X syndrome.