Dept of Psychology

University of Cambridge

I’m a cognitive scientist based at the University of Cambridge in the Department of Psychology. My work spans neuroscience, experimental psychology, and philosophy and I try to investigate problems at multiple levels and from multiple perspectives.

My recent empirical work has focused on questions about how children develop mathematical competences. In several large studies (conducted in the UK and Italy) we have explored the link between working memory, number sense, and maths. Related to this work, we have also investigated differences in working memory precision between expert mathematicians and non-experts. I’m also interested in using EEG to understand how the brain represents numbers.

In my theoretical have explored debates surrounding statistical reform in psychology and neuroscience, with a particular interest in how these debates play into notions of evidence, and the notions of evidence within frequentist and Bayesian frameworks. I’m also interested in how machine learning analyses of neuroscientific data align with the explanatory goals within neuroscience, and how the use of these techniques may inform debates about representational and computational nature of the brain.

My empirical and theoretical work, while appearing disparate, are focused towards understanding fundamental questions about the brain (mainly representational and computational questions) and in understanding what methods might be best for answering these questions.


Before coming to Cambridge, I held research positions at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and Its Disorders at Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia), and the Donders Institute for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognition at Radboud University (Nijmegen, Netherlands). I also held a lectureship in the School of Psychology at the Australian Catholic University (Brisbane, Australia).

I completed my PhD, titled Predicting the Actions of Other Agents, in 2012 in the Department of Cognitive Science at Macquarie University, where I was affiliated with the Collective Cognition Research Group, the Perception and Action Research Centre, and the Music, Sound, and Performance Laboratory. Before this, I completed my Bachelor and Master of Science degree in the Department of Psychology at the University of Auckland.