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Themis Karaminis

Themis Karaminis

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Themelis Karaminis

MEng, MSc, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher

  • Research Fellow in Computational Psycholinguistics
Research Summary


My current research focuses on how bilingual babies learn words from two languages. I use computational modelling and statistical methods to analyse data from the first large-scale study on bilingual language development in the UK, funded by the ESRC and conducted at multiple sites (Plymouth, Bangor, Birmingham, Liverpool, Kent and Oxford).

More generally, I am interested in individual variability in cognitive development, either due to environmental factors (e.g., acquiring English vs. Greek as a first language) or due to 'intrinsic' variation and neurodevelopment conditions (e.g., children with language impairments or autism).

Previous research has looked at the development of visual perception in autism. This project investigated the nature and the extent of sensory atypicalities in children with autism using psychophysical, eye-tracking and computational modelling methodologies, in the form of chid- and autism-friendly computer games.

In my PhD, I looked at the acquisition of English and Greek morphology and syntax in typically developing children and children with Specific Language Impairment using artificial neural network models.

I come from a teaching background (Computer Science in Greek secondary and further education). I have side interests in Educational Neuroscience, that is how findings from neuroscientific research can be used to improve educational policy and practice.



1993 - 1999 : MEng in Computer Engineering and Informatics, Polytechnic School, University of Patras, Greece

1999 - 2006 : Teaching Computer Science in Greek secondary and further education

2006 - 2007 : MSc in Cognitive Science, School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh

2007 - 2011 : PhD in Psychology, Birkbeck, University of London. "Connectionist modelling of morphosyntax in typical development and Specific Language Impairment for English and Modern Greek", with Prof. Michael Thomas

2012 - 2015 : Research Associate in Visual Perception, UCL Institute of Education, University College London. Research project "Seeing the world differently", with Prof. Liz Pellicano and Prof. Dave Burr (University of Florence).

2015 - now : Research Fellow in Computational Psycholinguistics. "Lexicon development in bilingual toddlers", with Dr Caroline Floccia (University of Plymouth) and Prof. Kim Plunkett 

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