Lucy Palmer

PhD Student





Prof. Iroise Dumontheil (Birkbeck, University of London)

Prof Denis Mareschal (Birkbeck, University of London)


Research Interests

My research interests lie broadly in Educational Neuroscience and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) methods. More specifically, I am interested in executive functions, including inhibitory control, and how these processes relate to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) learning.

Studying scientific and mathematical concepts can be challenging for students of all ages. The reason for which may be due to the prevalence of counterintuitive concepts in STEM subjects. Building on previous work from the UnLocke programme, my PhD project will explore the neural mechanisms of inhibitory control in counterintuitive reasoning in maths and science, using functional MRI data in primary school children. The second aim of the project will be to investigate the neural mechanisms of inhibitory control and counterintuitive reasoning across development in adolescents and adults.


Teaching Positions

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Birkbeck, University of London


Introduction to MATLAB programming (Postgraduate), Perception and Attention (BSc Psychology), Social Psychology (BSc Psychology).



PhD Psychology

Birkbeck, University of London | Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development



MSc Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience - Distinction

University of Birmingham | Centre for Human Brain Health, School of Psychology


MSc Research project: ‘Associations between Intrinsic Connectivity Networks and Trait Impulsivity in a healthy Japanese community sample’

Supervisors: Dr. Stephane De Brito and Dr. Stephen Mayhew (CHBH, University of Birmingham)


BSc Neuroscience - First Class

University of Bristol | School of Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience