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Emma Barratt
Total Earnings
Masters Psychology swansea 2014
Bachelors Psychology
Swansea University, Research Assistant, 11/2013 - Present Summary - Recruiting and assisting participants through fMRI study exploring the effects of oxytocin on face perception abilities in congenital prosopagnosiacs. This position also involves fMRI data analysis, an awareness of fMRI protocols, report writing, presentations, literature searches and networking. Student Journal of Psychology, Editor, 2/2014 - 6/2014 Summary - My responsibilities in this position were based around critical evaluation of submissions. I analysed in depth the quality of writing, statistics and conclusions of several submissions during this post, and gained experience of the process of academic publication. Manga translations online, Proof Reader, 1/2011 - 3/2014 Summary - I regularly proof read and edited translations of Japanese fiction as part of a small group comprised of members across the globe. This involved accuracy, precision and creativity to ensure the translations remained true to the original. Newcastle University, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 6/2012 - 7/2012 Summary - Assisted in the initial stages of senior lecturer's research into SLI and Tourettes. Created and maintained databases, alongside locating and organising obscure literature.
Projects & Publications
Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR): A flow-like mental state
Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) is a previously unstudied sensory phenomenon, in which individuals experience a tingling, static-like sensation across the scalp, back of the neck and at times further areas in response to specific triggering audio and visual stimuli. This sensation is widely reported to be accompanied by feelings of relaxation and wellbeing. The current study identifies several common triggers used to achieve ASMR, including whispering, personal attention, crisp sounds and slow movements. Data obtained also illustrates temporary improvements in symptoms of depression and chronic pain in those who engage in ASMR. A high prevalence of synaesthesia (5.9%) within the sample suggests a possible link between ASMR and synaesthesia, similar to that of misophonia. Links between number of effective triggers and heightened flow state suggest that flow may be necessary to achieve sensations associated with ASMR.
Activities & Interests

I speak basic Japanese, and provide practical and emotional support for women diagnosed with PCOS on a regular basis.

For four years I have also been the captain of a 15 person team participating in GISHWHES, a charity scavenger hunt that is notorious for being extremely challenging.

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