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Sarah Vahed

PhD Student

Sarah Vahed joined the lab after completing a Master of Science in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience (cum laude) in England. Her master's thesis investigated self-referential processing and its link to depression through behavioural and EEG analyses. Prior to this, Sarah obtained Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws degrees (specialising in International Law and Children's Rights) in South Africa. After her legal studies, Sarah practised at Africa’s largest law firm (ENSAfrica in Cape Town) and was enrolled as an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa. Her areas of experience include working in the field of dispute resolution and litigation on high and low court matters.


Sarah is interested in the intersection of law and science through research. She is specifically interested in how research in psychology and cognitive neuroscience can be used in the context of law and public policy. To this end, Sarah's thesis will look at the fundamental mechanisms underling unfairness and injustice, with the ultimate goal of contributing evidence-based recommendations for law and policy. 

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