Dr Shanti Shanker
- 01202 965533
- sshanker at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
- Lecturer (Academic) in Psychology
- Poole House P250, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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My current research focuses on the brain mechanisms of cognitive control (or inhibition), memory and executive functions. One of my longstanding interest is to understand the how the striatum and hippocampus based learning systems interact especially in patients with neurological disorders. I am also interested to understand the connections within the hippocampus and cognitive deficits especially in the early stages of dementia (that is prior to the symptom onset). Eventually I am interetsested in the relationship between memory control and emotional regulation. Finally, I am very keen to use empirical findings to inform rehabilitation strategies.
To answer research questions, I use behavioural, neuropsychological approaches in neurological patients and healthy controls. I employ methods including diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), fMRI/lesion analysis approaches and electrical stimulation (tDCS/TMS in healthy controls) to understand the brain mechanisms underlying the cognition.
I am also associated with the Ageing and Dementia Research Centre (ADRC) and supervise students and contribute to various research projects (https://research.bournemouth.ac.uk/centre/ageing-dementia-research-centre/).
- Shanker, S. and Panikker, D.M., 2017. What Lies Beneath? An exploration of Secrets held by Urban Youth DOI:10.25215/0403.123. The International Journal of Indian Psychology, 30.
- Hicks, B., Carroll, D., Shanker, S. and El-Zeind, A., 2017. 'Well I'm still the Diva!' Enabling people with dementia to express their identity through graffiti arts: Innovative practice. Dementia (London), 1471301217722421.
- Turnbull, O.H., Bowman, C.H., Shanker, S. and Davies, J.L., 2014. Emotion-based learning: Insights from the Iowa Gambling Task. Frontiers in Psychology.
- Salas, C.E., Vaughan, F., Shanker, S. and Turnbull, O.H., 2013. Stuck in a moment, Concreteness and psychotherapy after acquired brain injury. Journal of Neuro-disability & Psychotherapy,, 1 (1), 1-38.
- Nair, G., Van Dyk, K., Shah, U., Purohit, D.P., Shah, A.B., Grossman, H., Perl, D., Ganwir, V., Shanker, S. and Sano, M., 2012. Characterizing cognitive deficits and dementia in an aging urban population in India. International Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease..
- Race, E.A., Shanker, S. and Wagner, A.D., 2009. Neural Priming in Human Prefrontal Cortex: Multiple Forms of Learning Reduce Demands on the Prefrontal Executive System. J Cogn. Neuroscience, 21:9, 1766-1781.
Profile of Teaching PG
- Clinical and Cognitive Neuropsychology
Profile of Teaching UG
- Experimental Methods and Statistical Analysis (EMSA 1b)
- Biological and Cognitive Psychology (BOCS)
- Experimental Methods and Statistical Analysis (EMSA) 2b
- BRANES – Building Resilience and Awareness through Neuropsychology Education in the Society (British Psychological Society Public Engagement Grant, 01 Dec 2016). In Progress
Public Engagement & Outreach Activities
- Spotless Mind: the science behind selective forgetting. (http://soapboxscience.org/)
- MSc in Foundations of Clinical Neuropsychology (Bangor University, Wales, UK, 2012)
- MSc in Psychology (University of Madras, India, 2005)