UCL Psychology and Language Sciences


Carly Anderson

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I completed my PhD at the University of Nottingham, where I conducted a longitudinal brain imaging study using fNIRS (functional near-infrared spectroscopy). I examined how the brain adapts after cochlear implantation in deaf adults, and how auditory and visual information are combined to support communication. After my PhD, I worked as a Research Program Manager at the Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID). I then worked as a post-doctoral researcher at Archie's Cochlear Implant Lab in Toronto, Canada, where I received the ‘LiUNA! Fellowship for Research Innovation’. Here I used EEG (electroencephalography) to understand auditory brain development in deaf adolescents who had used one cochlear implant from early childhood and received a second implant later in adolescence.

Current role

I am an Independent Research Fellow hosted by Prof Mairéad MacSweeney in the Visual Communication Research Group at the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience. I am also a visiting research fellow hosted by Prof Jason Barton at The Human Vision and Eye Movement Research Lab at the University of British Columbia, Canada. I am supported by a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.

I am interested in the interplay between how we process language and socio-emotional information from the face. My current research focusses on how deafness and different language experiences can shape our visual attention to faces. To help answer these questions, I am using eye tracking and a data-driven Deep Learning approach to examine differences in face-scanning patterns between monolingual and bilingual adults.