WiCS Europe

Women in Cognitive Science launched its European chapter at the International Psychonomics Meeting in Granada, Spain May 5, 2016. It was co-founded by Teresa Bajo (University of Granada) and Cristina Cacciari (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia).

The goal of WiCS-E is to organize events for cognitive scientist in Europe. We have been present in meetings of the European Society of Cognitive Science (ESCoP), the International Convention of Cognitive Sciences (ICPS) and International Psychonomics Meetings. We are open to new initiatives, meetings and events. If you’re interested in organizing something, or helping out, please reach out to us.

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WiCS-E Leadership team

Teresa Bajo

Teresa Bajo is a professor of Psychology in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Granada in Spain. Her research is supported by grants from Spanish Ministry of Science and by the Andalucian Excellence in Science Program. She has served on the Executive committee of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology, becoming President in 2005. Her research interest is on understanding complex skills such as translation and interpreting, and on how working memory and executive functions support several aspects of these skills. She is also interested in inhibition in the control of memory and in language selection. She has also pursued research on individual differences in memory control in both individuals that differ in age and in individuals with altered memory functions.

Nura Sidarus

Nura Sidarus is a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology, at Royal Holloway University of London. Nura completed an MSc and a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience, at University College London, before receiving a Fyssen Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship to work at the École Normale Supérieure, in Paris. Her research investigates how we monitor our actions and their consequences, and come to feel in control of them, and how this interacts with decision-making and learning. Combining cognitive, computational, and neuroimaging methods, her work aims to elucidate the (meta)cognitive mechanisms that support how we monitor and control our cognition and our actions. Thanks to an ESRC New Investigator Grant, she is also starting to explore how these (meta)cognitive processes may become maladaptive and underlie mental health problems, such as depression.

Zofia Wodniecka

Zofia Wodniecka is an associate professor at the Institute of Psychology of the Jagiellonian University. She is the head of the Psychology of Language and Bilingualism Laboratory “LangUsta”, which was established in 2010 thanks to a FOCUS subsidy from the Foundation for Polish Science. Her scientific work focuses on the cognitive and neural mechanisms of language used by bilingual people. She has completed several research stays and training in Canada, USA, and Australia. She has been a partner in various international projects, such as European COST IS0804 project, Innovative Training Networks “MultiMind”, and the American National Science Foundation PIRE programme ‘Translating cognitive and brain science in the laboratory and field to language learning environments’. Her research has been funded by the National Science Centre, the Foundation for Polish Science and Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

María Jesús Maraver

María Jesús Maraver is a postdoctoral researcher in cognitive psychology at the Faculty of Psychology and the Research Center for Psychological Science (CICPSI) of the University of Lisbon, Portugal. Her research is funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) and focuses on the study of memory processes. Currently she is interested in how false memories can be to enhance memory retrieval and promote successful learning. Besides the correction of false memories, she also studies other means for cognitive enhancement and the improvement of cognitive functions, such as executive control training or non-invasive brain stimulation.The scope of her research extends through the study of different age groups across the lifespan, such as adolescents, younger, and older adults.