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Department of Psychology

Blanca is currently a PhD student in Psychology and a Gates Cambirdge Scholar under the MRC Doctoral Training Programme at the University of Cambridge. In a collaboration between the University of Cambridge and the Institute of Global Health in Barcelona, Blanca's interdisciplinary research aims to understand how sociocultural and environmental influences might be related to self and social cognitive processing during adolescence, and how this relationship might be related to risk and resilience to mental health difficulties prevalent during this period of life. Blanca has a background in psychology and social sciences (Psychology Major in BSc Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics, University of Amsterdam, 2018) and in cognitive neuroscience (MRes in Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, 2019). In 2019 and until the start of her PhD, Blanca was working for the Blakemore lab as a research assistant at University College London.


Key publications: 

Chierchia, G., Piera Pi-Sunyer, B. & Blakemore, S-J. (2020). Prosocial influence and opportunistic conformity in adolescents and young adults. Psychological Science, 31(12), 1585-1601.

Chierchia, G.*, Fuhrmann, D.*, Knoll, L.J., Piera Pi-Sunyer, B., Sakhardande, A. L. & Blakemore,S.-J. (2019). The Matrix Reasoning Item Bank (MaRs-IB): Novel, Open-Access Abstract Reasoning Items for Adolescents and Adults. Royal Society Open Science, 6(10). *Joint first authors.

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