EducationQueen Margaret University
QualificationsB.Sc (Hons) in Psychology
Work HistoryUniversity College, London South Bank University, Queen Margaret University,
Current JobPHD Research Technician
University College London
Favourite thing to do in my job: Researching how humans recognise and categorise visually-perceived objects in their environment
About Me: I am a Psychology Graduate who's interested in Experimental Psychology, specifically in the area of Vision and Computational Cognition.
I’m a Research Technician in Psychology and Human Development from Greece and I currently work and live in London. When I am not working, I like spending time doing outdoor activities such as strolling around the city, hiking or working out. When I am lazy, I just watch videos of cats. I am really obsessed with cats and I can name most of the 90-100 species of cats 🐱 ! (check out this page: https://www.catgifpage.com/ aren’t they lovely?)!
My Work: Think about how you interact in different environment and how this influences your attention and then memory.
*Click on the pictures to see them in higher resolution or learn more*
Because of my expertise in different software applications and equipment, I do various things. You can find below a few examples of what I am doing most of the time at work:
I am programming experiments or help students to program experiments. One of the software that I am using is called PsychoPy. Here’s an experiment that I’ve recently created with a student:
Some of my colleagues or students are also interested in Cognitive Neuroscience and they use various tools to understand human behaviour. The most common one is the EEG, EEG stands for Electroencephalography (I KNOW! It’s a difficult word!). Below you can see what the data look like when we are collecting data from an EEG:
Another big part of my role is also to educate students and staff with statistical software application or languages. Below you can see a few images of what students/staff can do with the software I am teaching them:
and this one from a different statistical language in Python:
You can also do this with MATLAB and Python:
Isn’t it amazing?
Finally, I work with Educators and Practitioners interested in Human Learning and Human Development on various projects, e.g. creating better classrooms, better environments for students. And I am part of a university department which within the discipline in the UK devoted to work in developmental psychology, particularly as regards its application to education and other real-world settings.
Overall, this is how my day to day work looks: I programme experiments and use experimental methods to conduct research with my colleagues and help students. In addition I use my skills to help students investigate different aspects of cognition such as human learning, vision and addiction.
My Typical Day: A typical day at work includes, but it is not limited to, teaching programming or statistics, analysing data, assessing students, chatting with staff about research (or our favourite tv series!) and learning more about psychology and human development.
When I am at work, I usually teach students how to use different software application in order to create psychology experiments that test different aspects of our cognition (such as memory, visual perception!!!) [I know it sounds amazing and it really is!]. Further to this, I also support students in understanding what their data mean by meeting them and having discussions over the data they collected. When I do not help students, let’s say around summer, I work with my colleagues in assessment programmes and learning techniques. We try to identify how to make the student experience better and how to provide to students the best skills in order to get a job when they graduate. Currently, I am providing sessions on why it is important to conduct carefully online research. Outside my technical role, I also work as a Honorary Research Assistant and with my colleagues we try to understand how people solve problems and we use equipment where we scan their brains when they solve problems. It’s a really interesting research work!
What I'd do with the prize money: I'd organise public science conferences/seminars to share with people about the inedible work psychologists from various research areas do!
If I win the prize, I will spend it on organizing different types of events, conferences, practical classes or informative seminars, to showcase how Psychologists are not only doing one thing. We mostly conduct research and we work as therapist, but there are Psychologists who work for the Government, for the Health Care as well as for the creation of better Artificial Intelligence systems. Therefore, I will spend the money on creating such events to inform people, but particularly inspire young students!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Ambitious, Methodical, Confident
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
My High School Biology Teacher inspired me to follow a career in Experimental Psychology
What was your favourite subject at school?
I loved most of the taught subjects at school, but I was really interested in Science subjects (Biology, Psychology and Computer Applications)
What did you want to be after you left school?
I was admitted to a B.Sc. (Hons) Psychology Course at Queen Margaret University.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Never, but my friends did!
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
I think I'd be choosing to attend Art School. Art is fun and similar to science! (some might disagree)
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Florence + The Machine (check them out)
What's your favourite food?
Pizza! Who doesn't love pizza?!
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Spent a night in a ghost town!
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Enroll on a PhD programme. Make a change in people's life. Be happy and healthy!
Tell us a joke.
What is a sea monster’s favorite snack? Ships and dip!