PhD students (click on the links for the students’ personal webpages):

If you are interested in pursuing a PhD in our lab, feel free to email at c.pliatsikas[at],  or use the contact form.

Vincent DeLuca. 2015-present. Project: “Bilingualism Effects in Brain Structure and Language Processing: An (f)MRI methodology”

Toms Voits. 2017-present. Project: “The cognitive and neurological effects of bilingualism on healthy ageing and dementia”. Funded by a University of Reading Anniversary PhD studentship

Eleanor Luckock. 2015-present. Project: “How does multilingual language experience influence vocabulary acquisition in an additional unfamiliar language?”

Varun Arunachalam Chandran. 2017-present. Project (tentative title): “Autism and brain structure


MSc dissertations:

Holly Davies: “The comparative effects of bilingualism and trilingualism on grey matter density in language-associated cortex”

James Philip: “Source code as a second language that restructures the brain”

BSc dissertations:

Corinne Cheah & Cheryl Gan:

Louise Carter & Emma Sampon:

Students on research placement:

Einas Alharbi (MSc), Lilia Adamou (BSc)


MSc dissertations:

Deena Husain Saleh Marshad Falah Alomari. “Bilingualism advantage on inhibitory control in Arabic/English bilinguals as compared to English monolinguals in the Global-Local task”


BSc dissertations:

Bethan Taylor & Rachel Willis: “The Cognitive Advantage of Bilingualism on Inhibition in the Global-Local Executive Function Task for Welsh-English and English Individuals.”

Abigail Morley: “The effects of bilingualism and socioeconomic status on perspective-taking abilities”.

Amy Clarke: “Using the NIH Toolbox to investigate cognition in Epilepsy: a case-control design”

Students on research placement:

Nanette Naude (MSc), Cheryl Shu Wern Gan (BSc), Wafa Islam (BSc).


MSc dissertations:

Eleni Konstandopoulou. “Bilingualism: Its effects on brain structure and cognition”. Project funded by a Franklin Grant from the American Philosophical Society.

Candice Harry. “Comparing native English processing of inflection and derivation”


MSc dissertation:

Jennifer Lau. “Investigating the differences between abstract, emotion, and action-related verbs: A transcranial magnetic stimulation study”


MSc dissertation:

Elisavet Moschopoulou. “The effects of naturalistic exposure to a second language on the structure of the brain”

Student on placement:

Francesca Allerton