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Dr Carina De Klerk

Lecturer
Department of Psychology
Dr Carina De Klerk

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Biography

I completed my undergraduate and research master degrees in Developmental Psychology at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. In 2010 I moved to London to start a PhD at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck College. With my PhD research I investigated how action experience influences the strength of perceptual-motor couplings in the infant brain, and the role these couplings play in the infant’s ability to predict other’s actions. My subsequent postdoctoral research investigated the development of mimicry from infancy to toddlerhood. I joined the Department of Psychology at Essex University as a lecturer in January 2019.

Qualifications

  • PhD in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Birkbeck College, University of London,

Research and professional activities

Research interests

imitation; facial mimicry; action processing; development of the mirror neuron system;

I am interested in the (a)typical development of social cognition, action understanding, and imitation and the brain mechanisms that underlie these abilities.

Key words: imitation
Open to supervise

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Research Methods in Psychology (PS114)

  • Memory Attention and Language (PS415)

  • Special Topics in Individual Differences and Developmental Psychology (PS938)

  • Psychology of Body, Senses and Existence (PS502)

Publications

Journal articles (10)

Filippetti, ML., Andreu, J., Rigato, S. and De Klerk, C., Investigating the effects of stimulus presentation design on infant fNIRS data using a general linear model (GLM) and multivariate pattern analysis (MVPA) based approach. NeuroImage

de Klerk, CCJM., Lamy-Yang, I. and Southgate, V., (2019). The role of sensorimotor experience in the development of mimicry in infancy. Developmental Science. 22 (3), e12771-e12771

de Klerk, CCJM., Bulgarelli, C., Hamilton, A. and Southgate, V., (2019). Selective facial mimicry of native over foreign speakers in preverbal infants. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. 183, 33-47

Bulgarelli, C., Blasi, A., de Klerk, CCJM., Richards, JE., Hamilton, A. and Southgate, V., (2019). Fronto-temporoparietal connectivity and self-awareness in 18-month-olds: A resting state fNIRS study. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. 38, 100676-100676

Bulgarelli, C., Blasi, A., Arridge, S., Powell, S., de Klerk, CCJM., Southgate, V., Brigadoi, S., Penny, W., Tak, S. and Hamilton, A., (2018). Dynamic causal modelling on infant fNIRS data: A validation study on a simultaneously recorded fNIRS-fMRI dataset. NeuroImage. 175, 413-424

de Klerk, CCJM., Hamilton, AFDC. and Southgate, V., (2018). Eye contact modulates facial mimicry in 4-month-old infants: An EMG and fNIRS study. Cortex. 106, 93-103

de Klerk, CCJM., Southgate, V. and Csibra, G., (2016). Predictive action tracking without motor experience in 8-month-old infants. Brain and Cognition. 109, 131-139

de Klerk, CCJM., Johnson, MH. and Southgate, V., (2015). An EEG study on the somatotopic organisation of sensorimotor cortex activation during action execution and observation in infancy. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. 15, 1-10

de Klerk, CCJM., Johnson, MH., Heyes, CM. and Southgate, V., (2015). Baby steps: investigating the development of perceptual-motor couplings in infancy. Developmental Science. 18 (2), 270-280

de Klerk, CCJM., Gliga, T., Charman, T. and Johnson, MH., (2014). Face engagement during infancy predicts later face recognition ability in younger siblings of children with autism. Developmental Science. 17 (4), 596-611

Contact

c.deklerk@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 872573

Location:

2.726, Colchester Campus

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