THAM Kwang Hsia Elaine
Elaine Tham started her A*STAR journey at the Neurocognitive Development Centre in October 2013. She was previously based in the United Kingdom for six years. She completed a B.Sc in Psychology at the University of York (UK) in 2010. Upon which, she started her PhD in the Sleep, Language and Memory Lab at the University of York (UK), under the supervision of Professor Gareth Gaskell. Her PhD investigated the effects of sleep on memory consolidation and knowledge integration in adult second language learning. In addition to behavioural methods, she had also used polysomnography (EEG) data to examine if particular components of sleep have unique benefits towards learning.
Her broad research interest is in cognitive neuroscience, focusing particularly on sleep, memory consolidation and language development. Since starting her career in A*Star, she has expanded her research scope to also focus on developmental and bilingual populations. She hopes to incorporate sleep actigraphy, eye-tracking and other neuro-physiological techniques in the cohort study that she is currently involved in and examine the meditational path from infant sleep to memory consolidation and neurocognitive outcomes (especially language development).
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