I graduated with an MSc in Psychology from Manchester Metropolitan University, and an MPhil in Medical Science from the University of Cambridge.
I commenced my research at the Baby-LINC Lab in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge on a study which used dual wireless EEG to investigate whether mothers’ and babies’ patterns of brain activity become more synchronised when they pay close attention to each other, and whether brain-to-brain synchronisation might help support babies’ early steps in learning. I have a keen interest in neurodevelopmental disorders and led the clinical aspect of the lab’s Trust study investigating the development of trust and prosocial behaviour in children with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) which also utilised dual wireless EEG to simultaneously measure the neural oscillatory activity of infants and an experimenter whilst engaged in tasks. I went on to join Professor Tony Holland’s team and devised and led a study investigating the relationship between early social behaviour and food in children with PWS.
I am currently working with Professor Tony Holland on a study investigating prodromal markers and mechanisms of psychosis in relation to chromosome 15 and PWS using EEG and MRS. I am also working with Professor Paul Fletcher on a study that aims to characterise the relationship between interoception signals, external stimuli and reward processing using a range of subjective, behavioural and fMRI measures in healthy lean and obese people, those with monogenic obesity, and elective gastrectomy patients.
Georgieva, S., Lester, S., Noreika, V., Yilmaz, M. N., Wass, S., & Leong, V. (2020). Toward the Understanding of Topographical and Spectral Signatures of Infant Movement Artifacts in Naturalistic EEG. Frontiers in neuroscience, 14, 352.