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- Oxford Study of Children's Communication Impairments Research Group
Visiting Newton International Post Doctoral Fellow in the Oxford Study of Children's Communication Impairments (OSCCI) Research Group
My research in broad is concerned with trying to understand why some children have specific language learning difficulty (a condition widely known as Specific Language Impairment). I study the learning mechanisms underlying language in these children from the procedural declarative model. I received a two year Newton International Postdoctoral fellowship to work with Dorothy Bishop at her Oxford Study of Children’s Communication Impairments (OSCCI) to investigate the learning behaviour of conditional probability (language like) events in children with and without language impairment.
We build on previous evidence that language is full of such conditional probabilities which varies across different language structures the child is being exposed to. I make cross-linguistic comparison on these measures (we will be comparing data from English speaking and Kannada speaking children). We have proposed interesting hypotheses such as 1) regularity learning differences in children with SLI will reflect on their grammar performance, and 2) some language structures (like English) could be more vulnerable to deficits in regularity learning compared to others (like Kannada). The ultimate intention of my research is to provide a language structure specific intervention strategy for efficient and long lasting treatment effects.
Inflectional versus derivational abilities of children with specific language impairment- A panorama from sequential cognition.
Sengottuvel K. and Rao PK., (2015), Ann Neurosci, 22, 87 - 96
Sequence learning pattern in children with specific language impairment
Sengottuvel K. and Rao PKS., (2014), International Journal on Disability and Human Development, 13, 55 - 62
Aspects of grammar sensitive to procedural memory deficits in children with specific language impairment.
Sengottuvel K. and Rao PK., (2013), Res Dev Disabil, 34, 3317 - 3331
Implicit Sequence Learning and Recursion Deficit in Children with Specific Language Impairment: A Neurocognitive Triad
Sengottuvel K., Journal of Child Language Acquisition and Development
An Adapted Serial Reaction Time task for Procedural Learning Measurements
Sengottuvel K., Psychological Studies