Sinead Rocha

PhD student

Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development
Department of Psychological Sciences
Birkbeck, University of London
London
WC1E 7HX


Phone: 020 7079 0765
Email: s.rocha@bbk.ac.uk

PhD Student

Under the supervision of Denis Mareschal and Victoria Southgate, my PhD investigates the development of rhythmic and synchronous movement to music in infancy. My MSc work developed a bell-ringing task for infants that elicited rhythmic behaviour in 10- and 18-month-old infants. We found that infants demonstrated tempo-flexibility at 18, but not 10 months of age. Further, we found that engaging in ringing with a social partner did not improve infants accuracy, but that they were best with songs of a faster tempo. We are now exploring the factors that influence the transition from moving when hearing music, as we know babies like to do, to moving in time with music, which poses quite a challenge for most infants! Our research uses a range of methodologies, including surface electromyography and electroencephalography.

Curriculum Vite

Education

PhD, Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck College, University of London, (October 2014 - present, FT).

MSc Developmental Sciences (Distinction), Birkbeck College, University of London, (October 2012 - June 2014, PT).

BSc (Hons) Psychology (1st Class), University of Bath (October 2007 - June 2011, 4 year FT with one year placement).

Research Experience

Research Assistant, Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck College, University of London, (October 2011 - December 2014, PT)

Lab Administrator, Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck College, University of London, (November 2011 - September 2014, PT)

Maternity cover for post-doctoral researcher, Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck College, University of London, (March 2012 - October 2012, PT)

Student Research Assistant, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London, (June 2009 - May 2010, FT).

Publications

Addyman, C., Rocha, S., & Mareschal, D. (2014). Mapping the origins of time: Scalar errors in infant time estimation. Developmental psychology, 50(8), 2030.

Presentations

(Presenting author)

Rocha, S., Southgate, V. & Mareschal, D. (January 2016). Step in time: Walking training reduces the gap in rhythm production skills between crawling and non-crawling infants. Poster presented at the 6th Annual CEU Conference on Cognitive Development, Budapest, Hungary.

Rocha, S., Soutgate, V. & Mareschal, D. (October 2015). Charting the development of infant rhythm production using sEMG. Talk presented at the Birkbeck College led EMG Workshop, using surface electromyography to study development: methodological and theoretical considerations. Organised and chaired by S Rocha and C de Klerk.

    Rocha, S. Southgate, V. & Mareschal, D. (July 2015). What bell ringing can tell us about infant rhythm production: An EMG study. Poster presented at the 15th Biannual Rhythm Production and Perception Workshop, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

    Rocha, S., Southgate, V. & Mareschal, D. (June 2015). Walk to the Beat: The impact of bipedal locomotion on infant rhythm production. Talk presented in organized symposium, titled On Learning New Things: From Infancy to Adolescence. (Organised and chaired by S Rocha), at the UCL Institute of Education’s Annual Summer Doctoral Conference, London, UK.

    Rocha, S. & Mareschal, M. (March 2015). Shake, Rattle & Roll: Infant’s rhythmic behaviour in a bell-ringing task. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Biennial Meeting, Philadelphia, USA.

    Rocha, S. & Mareschal, D. (January 2015) Dance like nobody's watching: Infants display a wider variety of rhythmic movements in the absence of a social partner. Poster presented at the 5th Annual CEU Conference on Cognitive Development, Budapest, Hungary.

    Rocha, S. & Mareschal, D. (September 2014) Getting into the Groove: An EMG study of rhythmic movement to music in infancy. Poster presented at the British Psychological Society Developmental Section Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

    Rocha, S. & Mareschal, D. (January 2014). ‘Dance with me? An investigation of early rhythmic and synchronous behaviours in infancy’. Poster presented at the Budapest CEU Conference on Cognitive Development, Budapest, Hungary.

    Addyman, C., Rocha, S. & Mareschal, D. (January 2014). Mapping the Origins of Time: Scalar Errors in Infant Time Estimation. Poster presented at the Budapest CEU Conference on Cognitive Development, Budapest, Hungary.

    Addyman, C., Rocha, S. & Mareschal, D. (September 2013) Dissociating voluntary and involuntary time expectancies in infancy. Poster presented at the British Psychological Society Cognitive and Developmental Sections, Reading, UK.