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Cognitive Development

The Cognitive Development research group specialises in studying children’s cognitive development including learning and memory development and early language acquisition in typical and atypical populations. We have expertise in behavioural and eye-tracking experimental designs. Our work has been funded by:

  • ESRC
  • BPS


  • Amy Bidgood
  • Clare Allely
  • David Tate
  • Gemma Taylor*
  • Gregg Keenan
  • Lauren Owen
  • Maria Panagiotidi

* Theme Lead

Featured groups

Nutrition & Psychopharmacology Brain Development Unit (The NPBD UNIT)

Autism and Criminal Justice Hub

Cognitive Development Lab

Topic areas and main outputs

Learning from digital media

  • Taylor, G., Monaghan, P., & Westermann, G. (2018). Investigating the association between children’s screen media exposure and vocabulary size in the UK. Journal of Children and Media, 12(1), 51-65.
  • Hipp, D., Gerhardstein, P., Zimmermann, L., Moser, A., Taylor, G., & Barr, R. (2017). The dimensional divide: Learning from TV and touchscreens during early childhood. In Media Exposure During Infancy and Early Childhood (pp. 33-54). Springer International Publishing.

Cognitive Development

  • Taylor, G., Liu, H. & Herbert, J. (2016). The role of verbal labels on flexible memory retrieval at 12-months of age. Infant Behavior and Development, 45, 11-17.
  • Taylor, G. & Herbert, J.S. (2014). Infant and adult visual attention during an imitation demonstration. Developmental Psychobiology, 56(4), 770-782.
  • Taylor, G., Hipp, D., Moser, A., Dickerson, K. & Gerhardstein, P. (2014). The Development of Contour Detection: Evidence from Physiology and Psychophysics. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 719.
  • Taylor, G., Slade, P. & Herbert, J.S. (2014). Infant Face Interest is Associated with Voice Information and Maternal Psychological Health. Infant Behaviour and Development, 37, 597-605.
  • Taylor, G. & Herbert, J.S. (2013). Eye tracking infants: Investigating the role of attention during learning on recognition memory. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 54(1), 14-19.

Language Development

  • Ambridge, B., Bidgood, A., Pine, J.M., Rowland, C.F. & Freudenthal, D. (2016). Is passive syntax semantically constrained? Evidence from adult grammaticality judgment and comprehension studies. Cognitive Science, 40(6), 1435-1459.
  • Ambridge, B., Bidgood, A., Twomey, K.E., Pine, J.M., Rowland, C.F. & Freudenthal, D. (2015). Preemption versus Entrenchment: Towards a construction-general solution to the problem of the retreat from verb argument structure overgeneralization. PLoS ONE, 10(4), e0123723.
  • Bidgood, A., Ambridge, B., Pine, J.M. & Rowland, C.F. (2014). The retreat from locative overgeneralisation errors: A novel verb grammaticality judgment study. PLoS ONE, 9(5) e97634.
  • Ambridge, B., Pine, J.M., Rowland, C.F., Chang, F. & Bidgood, A. (2013). The retreat from overgeneralization in child language acquisition: Word learning, morphology and verb argument structure. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science, 4: 47–62.
  • Vihman, M.M., Keren-Portnoy, T., Whitaker, C., Bidgood, A. & McGillion, M.L. (2013). Late talking toddlers: Relating early phonological development to later language advance. York Papers in Linguistics 2(13).

Atypical Development

  • Panagiotidi, M., Overton, P. G., & Stafford, T. (2018). The relationship between ADHD traits and sensory sensitivity in the general population. Comprehensive psychiatry80, 179-185
  • Panagiotidi, M., Overton, P. G., & Stafford, T. (2017). Multisensory integration and ADHD-like traits: evidence for an abnormal temporal integration window in ADHD. Acta psychologica181, 10-17.
  • Panagiotidi, M., Overton, P. G., & Stafford, T. (2017). Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder-like traits and distractibility in the visual periphery. Perception46(6), 665-678.
  • Panagiotidi, M., Overton, P. G., & Stafford, T. (2017). Increased microsaccade rate in individuals with ADHD traits. Journal of Eye Movement Research10(1).