Tara Zaksaite

Researcher description

I have completed my Ph.D. at the University of Plymouth, as part of the CogNovo programme. This work was within the area of associative learning, exploring the mechanisms of learning; particularly how people learn about irrelevant information. I considered factors which influence this, including attention, uncertainty, and inhibition.

I am currently a Post-doctoral Research Fellow on an ESRC-funded project exploring and assisting difficulties with spatial navigation. As part of this project I am working with people with hydrocephalus and typical adults to examine the causes and correlates of strengths and difficulties with spatial navigation.

My research interests broadly include attention, learning, and memory, including how these interact to affect complex behaviour. I am also interested in how these are influenced by systematic individual differences (e.g. in anxiety).