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Kinga Morsanyi

Dr Morsanyi was awarded a one-year post-doctoral ESRC research fellowship in December 2011 to work in collaboration with Dr Denes Szucs on reasoning skills and strategies in developmental dyscalculia. Hear more about this area of her work in Developmental Science.

Kinga has a background in the development of reasoning skills in both typical development and in special populations, especially autism. Specific interest lies in reasoning heuristics, probabilistic reasoning, analogical reasoning, and how reasoning skills can be improved through training. She holds an MSc in cognitive neuropsychology from Lorand Eotvos University, Hungary, followed by a PhD in experimental and developmental psychology at the University of Plymouth, UK (2005-2010).

Brendan Weekes

Professor Weekes is Chair in Communication Science at the University of Hong Kong and Director of the Communication Science Laboratory at HKU. Prior to moving to HKU in 2010, he was a Reader in Experimental Psychology at the University of Sussex for ten years.

Fiona Kyle

Dr Kyle's research interests lie in the area of literacy and language development in both typical and atypical populations, cogntive development, working memory, and prospective memory. Her PhD was the first investigation into the longitudinal predictors of reading and spelling development in deaf children. She was awarded an ESRC Postoctoral Fellowship to continue her investigation with Professor Usha Goswami.

She has worked as a lecturer at University College London and was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in their Deafness, Cognition and Language Research Centre (DCAL) where she designed a child-friendly computer game for measuring speechreading ability in both deaf and hearing children. More recent work with the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland was developing GraphoGame, a grapheme-phoneme game for pre-school and school-age children who are at risk of dyslexia. After this she took up a position as Senior Lecturer at the University of Bedford.




Bruno De Cara

Dr De Cara from the Department of Psychology, University of Nice, Sophia Antipolis, France was a visiting scholar at the Centre in 2010. He has co-authored a number of academic papers with Usha Goswami and has created a number of lexical web-based databases for general access via his website. 

Sung Il Kim

Sung-il Kim is Professor of Education and Director of the Brain & Motivation Research Institute (bMRI) at Korea University. His current research includes investigating the neural bases of interest and motivation, developing motivationally adaptive intelligent tutoring agents and modeling interest-based learning. He has conducted functional neuroimaging research on motivational constructs in the classroom context.

Dr Jarmo Hämäläinen

Dr Hämäläinen is Adjunct Professor in Developmental Neuroscience at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. His research interests include the development of auditory and speech processing and risk factors involved in specific reading problems. He finished his PhD at the University of Jyväskylä in Experimental Psychology studying the auditory processing capabilities of individuals with dyslexia using behavioural and EEG methods in the Jyväskylä Longitudinal Study of Dyslexia. At the Centre for Neuroscience in Education he continued the investigation of rise time and oscillatory processing of individuals with dyslexia using EEG and MEG methods. Dr Hämäläinen recently studied the typical development of auditory processing in infants whilst at the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, Rutgers, NJ, USA. And whilst at the O. V. Lounasmaa Laboratory at the Aalto University, Finland he conducted MEG experiments on learning.

Alicia Cruz

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship holder, funded by the Ministerio de Educacion Ciencia, Spain. Dr Alicia Cruz received her PhD from the University of Granada, Spain, in 2003, where her topic was Phonological Skills and Reading Development in Deaf Children. Alicia is a trained Speech and Language Therapist. Prior to taking up this position, she worked as a Teaching Associate in the Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Jaen, Spain. Her project in Cambridge focused on researching developmental dyslexia in Spanish and specifically the interactions between auditory processing and phonological skills.


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