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  • New staff spotlight at Royal Holloway

    The Department of Psychology @ Royal Holloway has made some new hires; and I was interviewed about my research and teaching interests. Here’s the link!

  • The Brain Organisation in Language Development (BOLD) study

    ICAN featured my post summarising why we are conducting the BOLD study on their blog. Find out more about the BOLD study at

  • The UK Beatbox Championship 2018

      On a frosty October morning, I made my way to the Battersea Arts Centre for the UK Beatbox Championships! I was invited to talk about our recent paper on how beatboxing influences brain activity. I also had the chance to sit in on an Introduction to Beatboxing workshop, which means I can now demonstrate…

  • Playing an instrument changes our perception of music

    The Cognitive Neuroscience Society did a lovely piece about our recent paper on beatboxers, guitarists, and non-musicians []. Playing an Instrument Changes Our Perception of Music  

  • Results-free peer review

    I just had my first pre-registered and results-free peer review paper published at BMC Psychology (Krishnan, Watkins, & Bishop, 2017, BMC Psychology).  There’s more about why the journal is trying this format here. It’s a brave new world of open science out there, and I thought it’s worth trying to have some discussion about how this…

  • NPJ Science of Learning covers TiCS paper

    In their August 2016 round up, NPJ Science of Learning summarised our TiCS paper . They highlight our hypothesis that language learning deficits pattern with sequential procedural learning deficits, which likely load on to corticostriatal networks. They particularly focus on the value of this approach in education; it would be nice to see our other learning studies pick…

  • Humble Bragg: Billy Bragg’s brain scan

    Dr. César Lima and I recently did a project for the Guardian. This involved trying to examine whether there were differences in neural responses to a musician’s favourite song. Musician Billy Bragg was happy to volunteer! We played Billy bits of his favourite song interleaved with clips of a song he knew but didn’t like very much. For more on…

  • Brains and beatboxers

    One of the nice things about working with artists is that they know how to create really cool things. And sometimes they involve us. When we were completing out project on guitarists and beatboxers, we met Gavin Tyte who made a video about what we were doing. He asked some intelligent questions during his interview and I…

  • The listening brain

    I recently scanned BBC Radio 3 presenter, Andrew McGregor, as he was interested in how his brain responded to music. While my study is set up to explore activity in beatboxers and guitarists, Andrew is a violinist – did his musical experience influence his brain scans the same way as beatboxers or guitarists? I discuss the study and…

  • Birkbeck Magazine

    When I first started my PhD – I spoke to some lovely folks at Birkbeck’s international office. As a result, Birkbeck did this nice write up about me.