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Sonia Abad Hernando

Email: Sonia.Abad-Hernando.2@city.ac.uk

PhD Title:

Neurocognitive mechanisms of action processing

Education

  • PhD Student in Psychology (2015-present), Cognitive Neuroscience Research Unit (CNRU), City University London.
  • Aegina Summer School 2017 – The Social Brain: embodiment and culture
  • MPhil in Neuroscience (2015), Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), Spain. Predicted high 1st, specialized in Cognitive Neuroscience.
  • Complutense Summer School 2013: Functional specialization to connectome in the human brain, understanding the neural mechanisms of cognitive dysfunction.
  • BSC in Psychology (2013), Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), Spain. Achieved high 2:1 in a 5-year degree, specialized in Cognitive Psychology.

Brief description of research topic

On my ongoing PhD I use neurophysiological techniques like electroencephalography (EEG) to study the neural mechanisms underlying human interactions. I am particularly interested on how our brain process body postures and actions.

Supervisor(s)

Beatriz Calvo-Merino and Bettina Forster

Research Interests

Cognitive Neuroscience, Sensorimotor cortex, EEG, Action understanding, predictive modelling

Public Presentations and Conference Papers Given

  • Poster presentation “Embodiment may modulate simultaneity judgements in a multisensory perception task” at RIO Annual Meeting, April 2016 (Manchester, UK).
  • Oral presentation “How do we represent observed actions? Investigating the specificity of the sensorimotor encoding of human bodies using EEG” at RIO Annual Meeting, May 2017 (London, UK).
  • Poster presentation “Mnemonic embodiment: investigating the specificity of the sensorimotor encoding of human bodies using EEG” at The Social Brain: Embodiment and Culture Summer School, June 2017 (Aegina, Greece).
  • Poster presentation “How do we represent observed actions? Investigating the specificity of the sensorimotor encoding of human bodies using EEG” at BACN Annual Scientific Meeting, September 2017 (Plymouth, UK).

Publications

Abad-Hernando, S. Studying the cognitive control processes in aging and mild cognitive impairment (M. S Thesis, at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain)

Joly-Mascheroni, R.M., Abad-Hernando, S., Forster, B., Calvo-Merino, B. Embodiment may modulate simultaneity judgements in a multisensory perception task (in prep.)

Abad-Hernando, S., Gálvez-Pol, A., Forster, B., Calvo-Merino, B. How do we represent observed actions? Investigating the specificity of the sensorimotor encoding of human bodies using EEG (in prep.)

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