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Address

Adeilad Brigantia, Penrallt Road, Bangor University, UK

Contact Information

Email: k.darda@bangor.ac.uk, kohinoordarda@gmail.com

Kohinoor Darda

PhD Student

Social Brain in Action Lab, School of Psychology, Bangor University, UK.

Biography

I’m a PhD student in the Social Brain and Action Laboratory in the School of Psychology at Bangor University, supervised by Dr. Richard Ramsey. I am interested in investigating and exploring the cognitive and brain systems that are at work when we are engaged in the social world. More specifically, I am looking at the neural mechanisms of how humans control their tendency to automatically imitate others during social interaction. A chance encounter with a book titled “The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Quest for What Makes Us Human” by V.S. Ramachandran inspired me to take up Psychology as a subject. I completed my BA in Psychology at Fergusson College, Pune (India) and an MSc in Foundations of Clinical Psychology at Bangor University in the UK. My MSc thesis  investigated the electro-cortical correlates of social cognition in autism spectrum disorder under the supervision of Dr. Christoph Klein. Prior to starting my PhD., I worked as a research assistant at the Klinik fuer Psychiatrie undd Psychotherapie, Freiburg, Germany, where I used EEG to explore attentional processes in children and adolescents with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and those on the autism spectrum.

Education

  1. 2016-Current

    PhD

    Psychology, Bangor University, Wales
  2. 2014–2015

    MSc

    Foundations of Clinical Psychology, Bangor University, Wales
  3. 2011 -2014

    BA

    Psychology, Fergusson College, Savitribai Phule Pune University, India

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

  1. 2015
    Research Assistant
    At Klinik fuer Psychiatrie and Psychotherapie, Freiburg, Germany
  2. 2011 - 2014
    Research Assistant
    At FLOW, Social Science Research Organisation, Pune, India
  3. 2015
    Assistant
    At KlinikfuerPsychiatrie and Psychotherapie, Freiburg, Germany. Introduction to CBT for children and adolescents on the Autism spectrum and with ADHD
  4. 2013
    Intern
    with Psychiatrist and Counselor, Dr. Hemant Chandorkar, Pune, India
  5. 2012
    Volunteer
    SantulanDe-addiction Centre, Pune, India
  6. 2012 - 2014
    Volunteer
    At the Poona School and Home for the Blind, and Writer for Blind Students
  7. 2016 - 2018
    Graduate Instructor
    On Research Methods and Statistics, Undergraduate Year 1 and 2 Modules, Bangor University, UK
  8. 2014 - 2015
    Exam Supervisor and Invigilator
    Bangor University, UK
  9. 2011 - 2014
    Private Tuition/Teaching
    Teaching dance, English, and computers to individuals with hearing and speaking disabilities, and children with ASD, ADHD, mild mental retardation.
  10. 2008 - 2014
    Dance Instructor
    Nupurnad Academy for Music and Dance, Pune, and Nrityapriya Kuchipudi Dance Academy, Pune, India

Awards, Grants & Scholarships

  • 2018
    £400 Travel Grant to attend Aegina Summer School
    Greece by Guarantors of Brain
  • 2018
    £200 Student bursary to attend the British Association for Cognitive Neuroscience Meeting
    University of Glasgow
  • 2015
    €1350 Erasmus Grant for an Erasmus+ placement
    The University of Freiburg, Germany
  • 2014
    £5000 Merit-based Scholarship awarded as tuition waiver
    The Bangor University, UK for the MSc in Foundations of Clinical Psychology