Viola Marx

PhD Student
Categories:phd students

Biography

I graduated from the University of Dundee in 2014 obtaining my BSc (Hons) Psychology. Following this I continued my postgraduate studies at the University of Dundee to pursue a PhD in Psychology (2014-2017, funded by the School of Psychology) with Dr. Emese Nagy as my supervisor.

Research

My main research interest lies in the relatively new field of fetal psychology. I am particularly interested in the effects of maternal stimulation such as voice and touch on the developing fetus. Using 4D ultrasound, my research explores how fetal movements change during maternal stimulation across pregnancy. This is a project which I have been working on since my undergraduate degree. My honours dissertation investigated the effects of naturally occurring maternal voice and, for the first time in the literature, maternal touch. Findings from this study suggest that fetuses selectively respond to external stimulation, earlier than previously reported, as well as that maturation affects the emergence of differential responses to the environment. Currently I am further exploring the effects of maternal stimulation on the fetus and its behavioural responses at different stages of gestation.

Publications

Marx, V., & Nagy, E. (submitted). Fetal behavioral responses to maternal voice and touch.

Marx, V. (2014). The effects of maternal voice and touch in situ on fetal motor responses. Undergraduate Dissertation, University of Dundee.

Marx, V. (2014). The effects of maternal voice and touch on the fetus in late second and early third trimester of pregnancy. Annual Scottish BPS Undergraduate Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Additional Information

Teaching Experience

Level 1 and Level 2 teaching of undergraduate psychology students (workshops and marking).

Awards

CASS Sir James Black Award, College of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Dundee, Scotland (2014) This is an annual award presented by each College of the University to the final year undergraduate student making the most outstanding contribution to research and scholarship in their field.

Reginald Laville Memorial Prize, School of Psychology, University of Dundee, Scotland (2014) The prize is awarded by the Laville family in memory of their son, Reg, for a first class dissertation selected by a School Committee as an outstanding merit. Certificate of Excellence Evolution & Biodiversity, School of Life Sciences Learning & Teaching, University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland (2011)

Certificate of Excellence Biomechanical Mechanisms, School of Life Sciences Learning & Teaching, University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland (2011)

Certificate of Honourable Mention, John Abbot College, Montreal, Canada (2007)