Title of PhD: Towards a Neurocognitive Theory of Mind: how Control and Reasoning Processes Contribute to Adult Mentalizing (under examination)
Supervisors: Professor Ian Apperly; Dr Peter Hansen
I have a broad interest in the cognitive neuroscience of social behaviour, particularly in terms of how executive processes contribute to Theory of Mind (ToM), and the neural basis of these functional processes.
I am currently using structural and functional neuroimaging techniques, including DTI and fMRI, in combination with interference techniques, such as TMS, to conduct a detailed analysis of how mental state reasoning is represented in, and beyond, the ‘social brain’.
To attempt to delineate any executive processes that may support mental state reasoning, my research also involves the evaluation of psychometric data alongside behavioural and brain data.
My PhD thesis has now been submitted and will be examined in December 2013.
BSc Hons. Psychology
MRes Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience
I obtained a First Class Hns degree in Psychology at the University of Worcester. For two years, I worked in Outreach with people who have physical and mental-health disabilities. I also worked for one year for Worcestershire Mental Health Partnership Trust (WMHPT) in Psychology Services for People with Learning Disabilities. Here, I was responsible for project managing a service development within WMHPT, which involved research with people who have learning disabilities.
I have just completed a 1+3 Open Studentship funded by the ESRC at the University of Birmingham, where I worked with Ian Apperly and Peter Hansen using various neuroimaging techniques to examine ToM in typical adults. During this time I achieved a Masters of Research in Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience to distinction level. My doctoral thesis is being examined in December 2013.
University of Birmingham Teaching Assistant
Research Methods (Lead TA)
Introduction to Matlab programming (Lead TA)
Introduction to FSL (Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience)
College of Life and Environmental Sciences Super Teaching Assistant
Teaching Skills for Postgraduate TAs (course design and Instructor)
Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
Hartwright, C. E., Apperly, I. A., and Hansen, P.C. (in prep.). The special case of self perspective inhibition in mental, but not non-mental, representation. Manuscript in preparation.
Hartwright, C. E., Apperly, I., & Hansen, P. (in press). Representation, Control or Reasoning? Distinct Functions for Theory of Mind within the Medial Prefrontal Cortex. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.
Hartwright, C. E., Apperly, I. A., & Hansen, P. C. (2012). Multiple roles for executive control in belief-desire reasoning: Distinct neural networks are recruited for self perspective inhibition and complexity of reasoning. NeuroImage, 61(4), 921-930. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2012.03.012
Easter, C., Apperly, I.A, Hansen, P.C. (2010). Activation within the Right Temporoparietal Junction is Modulated by Specific Belief & Desire States. Poster presentation, Organization for Human Brain Mapping, 16th Annual Meeting