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We investigate typical and atypical attention development at multiple levels: the cognitive and neural processes involved and the impact of attentional difficulties on learning and memory.

Neurocognitive attention measures differentiate children with good memory from those with poor memory
Neurocognitive attention measures differentiate children with good memory from those with poor memory

Attention shapes what we act upon and learn from our environment. And yet there is much to be discovered about the following:

  • How do attentional processes develop in infants, toddlers and children as they become attentive adults?
  • How does the brain implement these developing functions?
  • How do genetic and environmental factors constrain the development of attention?
  • What is the impact of attentional difficulties on learning over developmental time?

We ask these questions by studying typically and atypically developing people from early childhood into adolescence and adulthood. Our group is also part of the Oxford Centre for Developmental Science.

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