Ashvanti Valji

Research group:
Cognitive Neuroscience
Email:
ValjiA@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
029 208 70365
Location:
CUBRIC, Maindy Road

Research summary

I am interested in using structural and functional MRI methods to investigate the neural mechanisms of intrinsic motivation, learning and memory consolidation. My PhD project will focus on curiosity, a form of intrinsic motivation, and its contribution to our everyday learning of new information. In order to better understand the differences which exist between individuals and states of curiosity my project will also examine the role personality and/or curiosity traits play on learning.

Teaching summary

Postgraduate tutor – supporting Year 1 Psychology students in developing and improving skills in writing scientific reports through deliverance of tutorials and feedback on their marked practical reports.

Full list of publications

 

Research topics and related papers

I am interested in using structural and functional MRI methods to investigate the neural mechanisms of intrinsic motivation, learning and memory consolidation. My PhD project will focus on curiosity, a form of intrinsic motivation, and its contribution to our everyday learning of new information. In order to better understand the differences which exist between individuals and states of curiosity my project will also examine the role personality/curiosity traits play on learning.

Funding

School of Psychology, Cardiff University, 3 year funded PhD studentship (2016-2019)

Research group

Neuroscience

CUBRIC

Memory and Motivation Lab:

  • Matthias Gruber (Psychology/Neuroscience, Cardiff University)
  • Vera Dehmelt (PhD student, Psychology/Neuroscience, Cardiff University)

Research collaborators

Matthias Gruber

Undergraduate education

2011-2014: BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Manchester

  • Manchester Advantage Scholarship (2011-2014)

Postgraduate education

2014-2015: MSc Neuroimaging in Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Manchester

  • Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme (HEFCE): 2014-2015

2016-2019: PhD Psychology, Cardiff University

  • Funded PhD studentship (2016-2019)

Employment

2015 - 2016: Research Assistant – Department of Psychology, Edge Hill University
2013: Research Assistant – Emotion and Cognition Lab, School of Psychology, University of Manchester