Tessa Dekker

PhD Student

PhD Student

Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development
School of Psychology, Birkbeck College
32 Torrington Square 
London WC1E 7JL
Phone: +44(0)207631 6242
Fax: +44(0)20 7631 6587


Research interests

I am a PHD student in the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development researching the development of object representations in the brain. My supervisors are Professors Denis Mareschal, Mark Johnson, and Martin Sereno.

Generally, I am interested in how we, only possessed of a very clumsy pile of skin, bone, muscle and a tangled mess of intricately connected neurons, learn to move around the world, make some sense of it, and discuss this all over a cup of tea and a biscuit. Although we start learning these things early, it takes a long time before we reach an adult-like competence. Object processing, for example, keeps on improving until well into the teenage years.

Using fMRI, I investigate the development of brain regions that in the adult brain, specialise in processing different aspects of the objects in our environment such as color, motion, shape and object-related actions and I explore how the dynamics between these regions change with experience and across different task contexts. Moreover, I combine developmental fMRI with eye-tracking and behavioral research to better understand how different  aspects of brain development contribute to children's increasingly proficient interactions with the objects in the world around them.


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