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Megan von Spreckelsen

Research Assistant

I am a research assistant in the Attention, Brain and Cognitive Development (ABCD) Research group. My research focuses on numeracy development in preschool children. The project ('cognitive and educational foundations of preschool maths: (not) as easy as 1, 2,3.') is funded by the Nuffield Foundation and aims to investigate the relationship between key cognitive functions and early numeracy abilities. We are also hoping to examine the possible effects of early educational environment and English as an additional language on this relationship.

During my undergraduate degree in Psychology and Philosophy at Oxford University, I conducted a research project to investigate the temporal orienting of attention and its effect on working memory in both children and adults. I'm interested in a range of areas within Developmental Psychology but particularly in their implications for and relationships with educational practice. In my work on the Nuffield Numeracy project I hope to use and further develop this interest in Educational Psychology.