Anke studied for a BA (Hons) in Psychology and Physiology at the University of Oxford (1996) where she discovered an intellectual home in cognitive psychology and particularly in the psychology of language. An interest in the small mysteries of human information and language processing formed the basis of her PhD thesis, Moses and the Ark: Exploring semantic illusions (2002; Oxford Brookes University). This project revolved around the typical response that people make when asked 'How many animals of each kind did Moses take on the Ark?' Most people (with the relevant knowledge) respond with 'two' despite the fact that Noah and not Moses was the biblical animal lover.
Anke also obtained a Higher Education Academy accredited post-graduate certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (2005) from St Martin’s College (awarded by Lancaster University), which sparked an interest in teaching and learning related research, particularly in the context of research methods teaching.
Anke joined the School of Psychology in August 2011. Previously she worked as a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Wolverhampton, as a Lecturer in Applied Psychology at St Martin’s College in Carlisle (now a part of the University of Cumbria) and as a Psychology Demonstrator at Oxford Brookes University.
Previous research funding
From 2007 to 2008, Anke held an Early Researcher Award Scheme (ERAS) Grant (University of Wolverhampton) over £7000 for research exploring participants’ implicit knowledge of language processing and its relation to psycholinguistic research.