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Research Interests

My core research examines spatial cognition and behaviour, with a focus on understanding the learning and memory processes involved in navigation, and their neural substrates. Here, I use virtual environments to test navigational ability using novel behavioural procedures, and also paradigms that are reverse-translated from rodent studies. Additionally, I am also interested in understanding the developmental trajectory of navigational abilities, as well as characterising how spatial abilities are attenuated in neurological conditions and developmental disorders. Finally, I have recently become interested in how spatial representations - particularly of boundaries - exert control over how we remember events that happened in the past.

Funding Applications and Awards

British Academy/Leverhulme small research grant (SRG2021\211115).

Psychological processes and spatial representations modulating habitual and goal-directed navigation.

Membership of Professional Bodies

Member of the Experimental Psychology Society

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Teaching Activity

First year undergraduate

Biological and Cogntive Psychology (PY1503), lecturer.

Key Skills in Psychology (PY1501), seminar leader.

Second year undergraduate

Neuroscience in the Real World (PY2509), lecturer.

Third year undergraduate

Final Year Project (PY3346), project supervisor.

Masters

Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience: Therories and Applications (PY4016), lecturer.

Research Dissertation in Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (PY4023), project supervisor.

Administrative Roles

Psychology Research Seminar Coordinator

Employment

2021 - present: Lecturer in Psychology, Aston Univeristy

2019 - 2021: Lecturer in Psychology, Univeristy of Leicester

2018 - 2019: Lecturer in Psychology, De Montfort Univeristy

2016 - 2018: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Durham Univeristy

2014 - 2016: Teaching Fellow, University of Nottingham

Qualifications

PhD. (2015). University of Nottingham.

MSc. (2011) University of Nottingham

BSc. (2010) Durham University

Contact Details

Email: m.buckley@aston.ac.uk

External positions

Honorary Fellow, Durham Psychology

20202023

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