Jun 212012

Joyce received her Bachelor of Psychology at the University of New South Wales in 2008. She was quite fascinated in how “an animal thinks” and launched this research interest in her Honours year which examined theoretical interpretations of animal learning and behaviour. Her keen interests regarding animal behaviour extended to the field of ageing and thus her PhD studies commenced in 2009 in this area.

Under the supervision of Professor Fred Westbrook and Associate Professor Michael Valenzuela, her area of research now focuses on assessing memory decline in aged animals, and what type of manipulations can help ameliorate this deficit. Her projects include the assessment of appropriate behavioural paradigms in animals, physical exercise intervention in young and aged animals in object recognition and fear conditioning, and effects of cell transplantation in aged animals. To date, her work has produced two publications, and over 40 national and international presentations.

Besides having an eye for spotting the rats residing at Town Hall station, Joyce loves travelling and enjoys eating anything with cheese or chocolate.