Bérengère Digard

Hi there, my name is Bérengère, and I come from France. I am the Engagement Officer of the Patrick Wild Centre. I am also a former PWC PhD student.

Twitter @BerengereDigard // PhD blog: PhD & Stuff

My research interests

I am interested in all things mind and brain, and also in how our experiences change the way the mind and the brain work. During my PhD, I was researching how being bilingual (knowing more than one language) changes the way autistic and neurotypical minds and brains deal with social information. I was also interested in better understanding who autistic bilingual people are, and what it is like for them to be both autistic and bilingual.

What I do at the PWC

As the Engagement Officer, I am in charge of making our work accessible, understandable, and interesting for you, whoever you are. I review all our research, and I write about it in a way that anyone can understand. I also make short factsheets, and soon videos, about our work.

I am also in charge of supporting and empowering people who want to take part in our research. Research participation should not be a worrying and stressful experience. We want our volunteers to feel confident and prepared. To help future participants prepare for their visits, I am creating resources explaining all the different things involved in research participation.

Finally, I am also in charge of creating and managing the new PWC Participants Database.

My background

I have done all my pre-university education in France, in little villages and towns near Lyon. I have a BSc in Biology, a Master 1 in Integrative biology, and a Master 2 Research in Neurosciences from the Université Claude Bernard of Lyon. During the Master 2 I also did a 5-month research placement at the Department of Clinical Neurosciences of the University of Cambridge. After this, I moved to Scotland to do a PhD in Psychiatry at the University of Edinburgh, with the Patrick Wild Centre. Outside of the PhD I also tutored (still do) for the University.

Something about me

Here is an unsettling anecdote about me: I broke my left elbow when I was 4 years old by falling off a cannon in front of the Alhambra, in Grenada. Since then, I can bend my left arm the wrong way around and also rotate it 360 degrees. Reactions to this party-trick are not always positive.

Research projects