I am an ESRC funded PhD student, supervised by Ruth Filik, Claire Lawrence and Walter van Heuven. I obtained my BSc in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience, and my MSc in Psychology Research Methods, from the University of Nottingham.
My current PhD research is investigating harmful online behaviours, such as cyberbullying, cyberstalking and trolling. Specifically, I am interested in the personality profiles of individuals who… read more
My current PhD research is investigating harmful online behaviours, such as cyberbullying, cyberstalking and trolling. Specifically, I am interested in the personality profiles of individuals who engage in these types of behaviours, and whether individuals who engage in harmful online behaviours have deficits in processing moral and emotion-related information. I then aim to use this information to develop an intervention to prevent people from becoming cyberbullies, cyberstalkers, and trolls.
My previous research has involved sarcasm processing and eye-tracking technology. Specifically, monitoring participants' eye movements to examine the role of defaultness in sarcasm interpretation, and to examine the role of context (a previously sarcastic character) in the comprehension of sarcastic remarks. I have also investigated the relationships between sarcasm perception, self-esteem, and borderline personality disorder.
I have also conducted research on the role of the wink emoticon in sarcasm comprehension, using eye-tracking technology. This research involved monitoring participants' eye movements whilst they read ambiguous comments (comments could be meant literally or sarcastically) which were accompanied by wink emoticons or full stops. Perceiver-related factors, such as participants' use of sarcasm, emoticons and the internet/social media, were also investigated to examine how these factors influenced participants' interpretations of the ambiguous comments.