Dr Paloma Mari-Beffa

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Contact info

School of Psychology

Brigantia Building

Bangor University

Bangor, Gwynedd

pbeffa@bangor.ac.uk

01248 383816

Contact Info

School of Psychology

Brigantia Building

Bangor University

Bangor, Gwynedd

pbeffa@bangor.ac.uk

01248 383816

Overview

My research interests lie within Cognitive and Applied Neuropsychology, more specifically in Executive Functions. My theoretical background is mostly on cogntive control, applying this knowledge to a wide range of behaviour. I am not limited to one type of method, and instead have used a variety of paradigms (Task Switching, Go-NoGo, Stroop, Priming, ANT, Episodic Memory), populations (Schizophrenia, Schizotypia, Multiple Schlerosis, Down Syndrome, adults born prematurely, older adults, Martial Artists) and techniques (Reaction Times, Questionnaires, Event Related Potentials, Transcranial Magnetic Resonance, 3D virtual environment). I am currently fascinated by ways in which we can boost these executive functions, from the use of verbal instructions, curiosity, concentration and Martial Arts. I also work as Director of the Postgraduate Programme.

Teaching and Supervision

PCP3009 - Control of Mental Processes

PPP4027 - Learning and Rehabilitation

Research

  • Verbal Instructions
  • Attention and Episodic Memory encoding
  • Differential Outcomes Effect
  • Attentional Networks Test
  • Stroop and Negative Priming
  • Task Switching and Mixing Costs
  • Martial Arts and self-defense
  • Curiosity and Motivation

Postgraduate Project Opportunities

I am happy to supervise students wishing to research cognitive control and executive functions. This research should rely on quantitative data and should have a neurocognitive theoretical background. I am particularly interested in applications to common behaviour, such as concentration, decision making or academic performance. Currently I have two PhD students working on 1) Cognitive Changes linked to Martial Arts practice, and 2) Automaticity and Control in the processing of brands. I also have plans for PhD work in two different projects: 1) On-site prediction of knife attacks and 2) the use of verbal instructions to boost mathematic performance.

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2003 - Other , PGCert in Teaching in Higher Education (2001 - 2003)
  • 1997 - PhD , Experimental Psychology and Psychobiology (1995 - 1997)
  • 1995 - MSc , Experimental Psychology and Behavioural Neurophysiology (1992 - 1995)
  • 1992 - BSc , Psychology (1987 - 1992)

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