Hi everyone, Emily here, and I've been invited to write a guest blog post about my recent developments. In the past few months I have submitted my PhD thesis, started a postdoc, and had my first first-author paper published online!
My thesis, Investigating the Pacemaker Component of the Human Timing System, presents three original works that aim to test the 'pacemaker' explanation of timing, put forward by Scalar Timing Theory. You can read the abstract of my thesis by clicking here. I'm looking forward to discussing my work during my Viva in January, and will most likely graduate in July 2019.
In September I started my new role as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Leeds. I'm working on the Helping Handwriting Shine (HHS) programme, the world's largest randomised controlled trial of a handwriting intervention. You can find my new staff page here! My previous outreach and widening participation work led to a firm interest in increasing the educational attainment of young learners, regardless of background. I was interested in this handwriting postdoc because the HHS intervention aims to free up the cognitive resources of slow and effortful handwriters, to help them achieve.
Finally, I am pleased to announce that the first paper from my PhD has been published this week, in Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics. You can read the first page of the article, Modality Differences in Timing and the Filled-Duration Illusion: Testing the Pacemaker Rate Explanation, below or read the full version online here (open access).
I'm looking forward to working with Time Lab Manchester in the future as an external collaborator!
Emily A. Williams
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