Aristea Kyriaki Ladas

University of Sheffield

Dr. Ladas completed her PhD in 2013 which was awarded by the University of Sheffield. Her topic was neuroplasticity and specifically the phenomenon of bilingualism and its effects on attention processes throughout the lifespan. She was a a scientific coordinator in the Long Lasting Memories project (European Commission) , investigating neuroplasticity in older individuals' brain, as well as a researcher in other projects funded by the European Commission. She has also collaborated with the Spanish University of Almeria, as a researcher. Currently, she is a Honorary Lecturer at City College, the International Faculty of Sheffield University and a research associate of SEERC. She is also a research member of the ReA2ch research group of the Psychology Department of City College, the International Faculty of Sheffield University. Moreover, she has worked with children with autism and learning difficulties . She is a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) of the British Psychological Society (BPS), a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK) as well as a Member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Student Chapter. Her research interests are Neuroplasticity (e.g. the cognitive and neurochemical effects of bilingualism; cognitive training effects in the brain), phenomena that influence attention (e.g. dementia, religion, bilingualism, drug use), the neurochemistry and early diagnosis of dementia through dopamine function, cognitive aging, drug addiction from a neuroplasticity perspective (rehabilitation, relapse, the role of dopamine), Eye Blink Rates as a measure of dopamine function.