Dr Shanti Shanker
- 01202 965533
- sshanker at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
- Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology
- Poole House P250, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Having completed my second M.Sc (in Foundations of Clinical Neuropsychology) and PhD (in Neuropsychology) from Bangor University, Wales. I was based at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge to collect my data in patients with focal lesions and still actively collaborate with them. Whilst at Cambridge, I have worked as an Assistant Psychologist (Department of Neuropsychology), Cambridge University NHS Trust and also was an Associate Lecturer at the Open University (Cambridge Region).
My current research focuses on the brain mechanisms of cognitive control (or inhibition) and executive functions. 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). Finally, one of my longstanding interest is to understand the how the striatum and hippocampus based learning systems interact especially in patients with neurological disorders. And what is the relation between emotional regulation and memory control...
To understand these 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, in healthy controls) to understand the brain mechanisms underlying the cognition.
I also collaborate with Bournemouth University Dementia Institute (BUDI) on various research projects. http://blogs.bournemouth.ac.uk/dementia-institute/budi-collaborators/more
- Shanker, S. and Panikker, D., 2017. What Lies Beneath? An exploration of Secrets held by Urban Youth. The International Journal of Indian Psychology, 106.
- 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
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)