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Rachel has completed both a MSc (2016) and MRes (masters by research - 2017) at Bangor University, and is currently working on her doctoral thesis in the Psychology department at the University. Using behavioural experiments measuring things such as accuracy rates, reaction times, social judgements and decisions, her research explores how people form impressions of (beliefs about) other people based on visual social information (eye gaze). She finds that even when people are not intending to form an impression and may not even be attending to the person in question, they will still form an impression about the person and this will be based on the perceived valence (goodness or badness) of the other person’s behaviour.
Since being a doctoral student, Rachel has been a graduate instructor on a number of Undergraduate modules at Bangor, including all of the research methods modules. She also has extensive experience of marking/grading students’ exams and assignments, as well as supervising both undergraduate and masters level dissertation projects. She enjoyed teaching so much that she submitted a portfolio to the UK’s Higher Education Academy and was awarded the qualification of Associate Fellow. Keen to continue teaching, Rachel was delighted to accept a position with the BUIC where she continues to share her passion for research methods.
When not analysing data, recording lectures or looking for the perfect image for her PowerPoint presentations, Rachel can often be found volunteering at a local animal rescue shelter. Here, she works with dogs who have had terrible things happen in their lives. Inevitably, she took some home and you might catch a glimpse of them if you have a class with her on campus!
One thing she likes about BUIC
Rachel really likes the small class sizes. This allows her to give each student some individual and personal attention. The small class size also allows each student to participate more during class and gives them the confidence to speak in a small group situation.