Courtney Michael Goodridge

Courtney Michael Goodridge

Profile

Courtney started his academic training at Sheffield Hallam University, graduating in 2017 with First Class Honours in Psychology.

He continued his education at the University of Birmingham, enrolling onto a Masters programme in Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience, and graduated with distinction in 2018.

As of October 2018, Courtney is currently at the University of Leeds studying for a PhD in Experimental Psychology.

Research interests

Courtney's PhD is a collaborative project between the School of Psychology and Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds. The overall aim is to generate a better understanding of driver performance whilst operating manual and autonomous vehicles, in the hope to feed-forward the research into real-world applications to inform research and design within the automotive industry. In order to investigate this, Courtney will be utilising specialist driving simulators alongside a blend of neuroimaging and behavioural techniques to gain insight into how drivers initiate perceptual-motor decisions whilst on the road.

To prepare for the PhD, Courtney undertook a Masters in Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Birmingham. Here, he developed skills in brain imaging techniques (electroencephalography (EEG) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)) that have allowed him to study the human neural processes in a variety of fields. Courtney conducted two independent projects during this degree:

A research placement using fMRI to investigate brain activation in mental health populations titled, "Functional Brain Activation During Emotional Face Processing in Youth Populations with Mental Health Problems".

A Masters thesis aiming to unravel the role of alpha oscillations in inhibitory brain signalling processes titled, "Is Alpha Oscillatory Power Responsible for Cross-Modal Inhibition During Simultaneous Multi-Sensory Processing?". This thesis is currently in preparation for publication to the journal, Human Brain Mapping.

Qualifications

  • First Class Honours in Psychology from Sheffield Hallam University
  • MSc with Distinction in Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Birmingham