Laura Edmondson

Laura Edmondson

PhD Student

University of Sheffield

Biography

I am currently a PhD student in the Active Touch Lab at The University of Sheffield. I work with Dr Hannes Saal on modelling cortical somatotopic maps of the hand representation. My research focuses on modelling somatosensory cortex using dimensionality reduction techniques and self-organising models. I am interested in the mechanisms which determine the topography and magnification of the hand seen in the primary somatosensory cortex of both humans and non-human primates. I also work as a teaching fellow in the Department of Psychology.

Interests

  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Somatosensation
  • Tactile perception
  • Neural coding

Education

  • PhD Psychology (Computational Neuroscience), 2017 - 2021

    University of Sheffield

  • MSc Computational and Cognitive Neuroscience, 2017

    University of Sheffield

  • BSc(Hons) Psychology, 2014

    University of Manchester, UK

Skills

Python

Statistics

Git

Neuroscience

matlab

Matlab

Experience

 
 
 
 
 

Teaching Fellow

University of Sheffield

Oct 2017 – Present Sheffield, UK

Responsibilities include:

  • Teaching for BSc Psychology modules
 
 
 
 
 

International Office Assistant

University of Manchester

Sep 2015 – Sep 2016 Manchester, UK
 
 
 
 
 

Admissions & external affairs intern, School of Computer Science

University of Manchester

Sep 2014 – Sep 2015 Manchester, UK

Teaching

University of Sheffield- Department of Psychology

Department of Psychology

  • Psychological Research Methodology I - Teaching Assistant (2019-2020)

  • Research supervision - Co-supervisor for BSc & MSc projects (2018-2020)

  • Mathematical Modelling and Research Skills - Guest Lecturer (2019)

  • Psychological research methods - Teaching Assistant (2018-2019)

  • Neuroscience and Evolutionary Psychology - Teaching Assistant (2018)

  • Essential Social Psychology - Teaching Assistant (2018)

  • Methods and reasoning for Psychologists - Teaching Assistant (2017-18)


CodeFirstGirls

CodeFirstGirls

  • Introduction to Python programming - Course leader (Spring 2019)
  • Advanced web development with Python - Teaching Assistant (2018)
    Course materials available here

Contact

  • lredmondson1(at)sheffield.ac.uk
  • DM Me