Sarah Vahed joined the lab after completing a Master of Science degree in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience 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 (in International Law and Children's Rights) degrees in South Africa. After her legal studies, Sarah practised as an attorney 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. At the lab, she is currently working on a new study examining how social information can promote curiosity and impact decision-making in an ecologically valid context.
In addition to assisting the lab, Sarah serves as Rotary Ambassador at the Institute for Economics and Peace, where she communicates research and trends in peace-building. In her spare time, Sarah teaches English and enjoys hiking and yoga.