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Sinead Rocha-Thomas

Sinead Rocha-Thomas

Research Associate


Biography:

I am a research associate on the Baby Rhythm project, a longitudinal study using electroencephalography (EEG) and motion capture to explore neural and behavioural processes underlying language development, over the first years of life.

My research is focussed on the development of infant rhythm perception and production, investigating spontaneous motor tempo, the rhythms that infants naturally produce, and sensorimotor synchronisation, the ability to move in time with an external rhythm.

Prior to working at the Centre for Neuroscience in Education, Cambridge, I completed my PhD at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck, University of London. My PhD focussed on the role of the vestibular system, and how the experience of being carried by the caregiver as a young infant impacts upon our early rhythmic tendencies. To explore this topic in pre-verbal populations, I conducted experiments using surface electromyography (EMG), EEG, and behavioural measures.