Position: M2L UK PhD Student
Institution: The University of Edinburgh

Alexia’s doctoral research is aimed at examining the neuropsychological processes that could be related to informal learning by exploring new tools to further understanding in the relationship between engagement and learning. Alexia studied her BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (2009-2013) with a particular interest towards neuropsychology, focusing her thesis on analysing the development of recognition of facial expressions of emotion in Mexican children and adolescents. In 2016 she did her MSc in Human Cognitive Neuropsychology in the University of Edinburgh, as a scholar of the Mexican Science and Technology National Council (CONACyT). Her dissertation focused on the influence of social contexts (competition-cooperation) in the executive functions of 5-8 year old children using NIRS (Near-Infrared Spectroscopy) as neuroimaging technique to analyse it. She has taught robotics – programming, electronics and mechanics – for 3 years to children in elementary school as extracurricular activities. Interestingly children would never use a notebook to learn and remember what was being taught. This started her interest in the interdisciplinary approach of science education and neuropsychology.