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Our research investigates the development of language, numeracy, literacy and associated development disorders, the development of attention and executive functions and associated development disorders, emotional development.

Developmental Science
Developmental Science

We use a range of methodologies including behavioural experiments, intervention studies, computational modelling, eye movement analysis, MRI, MEG, tDCS, EEG, behavioural and molecular genetics. 

We work closely with local schools, teachers, families and speech and language therapists, as well as with charities supporting children with developmental disorders (e.g. Fragile X Association, Dyslexia Action, AFASIC).  We also participate in discussions with policy makers, assessing the efficacy of interventions and publishing diagnostics tests of reading and language.



Groups within this theme

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.
Attention, Brain and Cognitive Development (Prof. Gaia Scerif)

We investigate typical and atypical attention ...

Our research aims to understand the causes of children’s learning difficulties and to develop interventions to ameliorate them.  A primary focus is dyslexia and the impact of oral language difficulties on educational attainments.
Centre for Reading & Language @ Oxford (Professor Maggie Snowling)

Our research aims to understand the causes of ...

We conduct research on the psychological and biological factors that shape learning and cognitive achievement, with focus on mathematical cognition and executive functions. Our research has basic and translational implications and has won us numerous awards and recognition
Cognition, Learning & Plasticity Group (Prof. Roi Cohen Kadosh)

We conduct research on the psychological and ...

We are interested in how we extract meaning from the language we read or the language we hear, how children learn to do this and why some people find aspects of language processing difficult.
Language and Cognitive Development Research Group (Prof. Kate Nation)

We are interested in how we extract meaning from ...

Mathematical Development and Disabilities Research Group (Dr. Ann Dowker)

Studies developmental and individual differences ...

Oxford Risk ANd resilience Genes and Environment research. 

We study the interplay between biology and social context in child and adolescent development. The overall aim of our research is to inform intervention strategies and policies designed to promote resilience among children at risk for emotional, behavioural or academic difficulties.
oRANGE Lab

Oxford Risk ANd resilience Genes and Environment ...

We investigate language and cognitive development during infancy, with a particular emphasis on concept and vocabulary acquisition. We use eye-tracking, EEG and parental questionnaires to understand the mechanisms of change underlying infant development.
Oxford BabyLab

We investigate language and cognitive development ...

Our group works to identify those children aged 7-13 who are underachieving academically relative to their potential.
Oxford Group for Children's Potential (Prof. Jane Mellanby)

Our group works to identify those children aged ...

We study the nature and causes of communication difficulties in children, especially Developmental Language Disorder.
Oxford Study of Children's Communication Impairments

We study the nature and causes of communication ...