I received both my BSc and MSc qualifications, in Psychology and Psychological Research respectively, from Bangor University in North Wales. I then moved to the University of Birmingham to complete a PhD under the supervision of Professor Uta Noppeney, investigating the effects of healthy ageing on multisensory perception. I am now a lecturer in Quantitative Research Methods and Statistics in the Psychology Department at Staffordshire University.
Professional memberships and activities
I am a Chartered Psychologist and member of the British Psychological Society.
PhD Psychology, University of Birmingham, 2019
MSc Psychological Research (Distinction), Bangor University, 2014
BSc (Hons) Psychology (First Class), Bangor University, 2013
I have expertise in the design and statistical analysis of psychology/neuroscience research that uses a wide variety of data types, including various behavioural measures (e.g. reaction times, psychophysics, pen-and-paper cognitive testing) and structural and functional MRI. I also have experience with computational modelling of these data.
My primary area of research involves applying behavioural testing, imaging methods such as fMRI and EEG, and computational modelling to improve our understanding of how brain ageing affects perceptual processing. I have also recently become interested in the topic of digital and information literacy.
I am the Module Leader for Level 4 (first year) Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology, and contribute to the teaching of research methods and cognitive/biological psychology content on various other undergraduate and postgraduate modules. I am also the Level 6 Tutor for undergraduate psychology courses.
Supervision and Mentoring
I am currently a second supervisor to two PhD students, and have successfully supervised many undergraduate and MSc dissertation projects on.
Guiding PhD students through their first teaching, personal tutoring, academic mentor for APA.
Leadership and Administration
As Level 6 Tutor I have oversight of final-year students across all undergraduate psychology courses. Responsibilities are broad but include attending award boards, chairing staff/student liaison meetings, implementing the department’s National Student Survey strategy, and coordinating assessments.
As the department’s “Digital Champion” I advise and support colleagues in the use of technology to support teaching and research.
Noppeney, U., Jones, S. A., Rohe, T., & Ferrari, A. (2018). See what you hear – How the brain forms representations across the senses. Neuroforum 24(4).
Jones, S. A., Beierholm, U., Meijer, D., & Noppeney, U. (2019). Older adults sacrifice response speed to preserve multisensory integration performance. Neurobiology of aging, 84, 148-157.
Jones, S. A. & Noppeney, U. (Under review). Ageing and multisensory integration: A review of the evidence, and a computational perspective.
Jones, S. A., Beierholm, U . R., & Noppeney, U. (2018). Mechanisms of audiovisual integration in the young and healthy ageing brain. Poster presented at the meeting of the International Multisensory Research Forum, Toronto, Canada
Jones, S. A. (2017). Multisensory causal inference in healthy older adults. Presentation at the meeting of the MRC-ARUK Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing Research, Birmingham, UK