Velia Cardin – Principal Investigator
I am a lecturer at the School of Psychology, University of East Anglia (UEA), where I set up the Deafness and Neural Plasticity Laboratory in 2016. I graduated from the Wellcome Trust 4-year PhD Programme in Neuroscience at University College London (UCL), and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Royal Holloway University of London and at the Deafness, Cognition and Language Research Centre (DCAL, UCL).
Using neuroimaging, pharmacological and behavioural techniques, my research focuses on human neural plasticity, aiming to understand the capabilities and constraints of the neural system.
I have had fruitful international collaborations with Linköping University in Sweden, Jiangsu University in China, and Moscow State University. I have received grants from international and national sources, including funds from the BBSRC, Linköping University, the Russian Research Council and Action on Hearing Loss.
I am actively involved in communicating research to the general public and to 3rd sector and government organisations, including the organisation of events such as the workshop “Neural Plasticity: Insights from Deafness and Language” (Wellcome Trust, June, 2016), and being part of the Prevention and Early Intervention Mission Group of the UK Council on Deafness.
Barbara Manini – Postdoctoral Research Associate
I joined the “Deaf and Neuroplasticity lab” in January 2018 as postdoctoral fellow working on the project “Does the deaf auditory cortex have a role in cognition?”. Before, I was a postdoctoral fellow at Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto’s Brain and Language laboratory for Neuroimaging-BL2 at Gallaudet University, in Washington DC. Here, I worked on the research project “Seeing the Rhythmic Temporal Beats of Human Language”, focusing on psycho-physiological and neural signatures of visual language acquisition in both hearing and deaf infants. I obtained my M.S., cum laude, in Developmental Psychology in 2011 and my Ph.D. in Functional Neuroimaging in 2015 from the University Gabriele D’Annuzio of Chieti-Pescara in Italy. During my master and doctoral training, I worked with Dr. Arcangelo Merla at the Infrared Imaging Laboratory of the Institute of Advanced Biomedical Technology (ITAB) in Chieti, Italy. During graduate school, I also spent seven months as visiting student at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development at Birkbeck, University of London.
Valeria Vinogradova – Res + PhD Student
I am a first year student in a 1+3 (MRes + PhD) program at the School of Psychology at UEA. Currently I work on my master’s project on visual rhythm perception and temporal processing in deaf people.
I received my undergraduate degree in Linguistics with focus on sign language interpreting from Moscow State Linguistics University in 2016 and then studied Fundamental and Applied Linguistics at the National Research University — Higher School of Economics in Moscow for a year. I am a qualified Russian Sign Language interpreter and I worked part-time as an interpreter, mostly in educational settings, while I was in Russia.
Alexander Taylor – Experimental Officer for the School of Psychology
I am a psychology and neuroscience academic with interests in emotional functioning and cognition in older and younger adults, all in the context of psychological and neural functioning.
I completed my PhD in behavioural and neural correlates of emotional regulation and well-being in older adults, and I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Stroke and Dementia (ISD) in Munich, and at the University of Southampton.
At the University of East Anglia I am an experimental officer working on multiple research projects across the School of Psychology. At the Deafness and Neural Plasticity Lab I work on a project studying cognitive development in deaf children using fNIRS to assess neural activity.
Chloe Orme – Undergraduate Volunteer
I am a second year psychology student at the University of East Anglia. I am currently participating in an internship within the Deafness and Neural Plasticity Lab. This involves assisting on research projects studying neural reorganisation in deaf individuals and analysing fMRI data. I have an interest in neuropsychology and mental illness, and would like to work with brain injury patients in the future.
Madeleine Smith – Undergraduate Volunteer
I am a second year psychology student at UEA with a broad range of interests, including biological psychology. I find the organisation of the brain fascinating and enjoy learning more about this, alongside other disciplines in psychology. I am volunteering, assisting Velia and Valeria in the Deafness and Neural Plasticity lab.