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Nora Rouast

DPhil Student

Role/Position with the Lab: Nora is a graduate student at the Brain & Cognition Lab, supervised by Kia Nobre and Emily Holmes. She is funded by a 1+3 ESRC scholarship and based at New College, Oxford

Current Research Interests: Nora is mainly interested long-term memory and attention.  During her MSc and DPhil she will be researching mutual influences between them with a variety of behavioural and neural methods

Brief Bio:

Nora grew up in Karlsruhe, Germany. After initial work in chemical research at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Electrochemistry, her focus in her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Philosophy at the University of Oxford was on Cognitive Neuroscience and cognition from both a theoretical and applied perspective. She worked with aphasia patients under the supervision of Professor Glyn Humphreys and completed her undergraduate dissertation on the effects of reward on spatial attention with Dr Celine Gillebert. Nora also worked on a project focussing on spatial attention in variations of the Simon Task with Professor Jeff Miller at the University of Otago, New Zealand. She was awarded the competitive 1+3 ESRC scholarship, allowing her to pursue an MSc in Psychological Research and a DPhil in Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford. During her MSc, she studied the effect of feedback on working memory performance (with Dr Sean Fallon), and contextual inhibition in long-term memory and its effects on spatial attention under supervision of Professor Kia Nobre and Dr Zita Patai. She currently looks at the effects of sleep and recueing on long-term memory and spatial attention using polysomnography and behavioural tasks.

Recognition & Prizes

In addition to her ESRC scholarship, Nora has been awarded a scholarship by the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes and a choral scholarship by University College.

Other Interests:

Nora is very committed to improve equality and education in developing countries, and she spends much time teaching as a volunteer in Nepal. She also sings in Hertford College Chapel Choir and competes in Ballroom and Latin dancing as a member of OUDC. In her spare time she enjoys travelling and outdoor sports.

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