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Dr Chris Donlan
209
Chandler House
2 Wakefield Street,
London
Euston
WC1N 1PF
Tel: 020 7679 4243
Appointment
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Developmental Science
  • Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
Biography

Courses

PALS1003 - Introduction to Human Memory

Students

Mahmoud Arif

Gemma Bagge

Maisie Bishop

Chloe Brace

Beverley Cooper-Simpson

Brendan Dunlop

Elisabeth Fahey

Tsun Hui

Mina Jeon

Elizabeth Kerr

Charlotte Lee

Ailbhe Ni Earrain

Suet Tiong

Yuliang Wang


Research Groups
Research Themes
Research Summary

Specific Language Impairments (SLI) in childhood affect around 7% of the population, and provide a test case for developmental theories. The concept of SLI entails modularity, presenting a major challenge to neuroconstructivist approaches to development. By examining the extent to which SLI inhibits cognitive development in non-linguistic domains we can extend the evidence base for competing theoretical accounts. Recent work (e.g. Donlan et al.2007) showed that SLI exposes independence in development between language-dependent procedural skills (rote-counting) and higher-level conceptual understanding (application of arithmetic principles). This has practical as well as theoretical implications, motivating specific educational interventions. It also sets an agenda for further work exploring neural substrates and factors affecting their variability Work in progress in collaboration with Professor Cathy Price and Dr Michael Thomas explores long term developmental trajectories in SLI. Behavioural analyis of single cases suggest divergent long-term developmental profiles of functional language and phonological sysgtems which may be identifiable through fMRI. Donlan, C., Cowan, R., Newton E. Lloyd, D. (2007) The role of language in mathematical development: evidence from children with specific language impairment. Cognition, 103, 23-33.

Teaching Summary

Courses
PALS1005 - History and Concepts in Psychology and Language Sciences

Academic Background
1993 PhD Doctor of Philosophy University of Manchester
1979 MSc Master of Science University of London
1975 PGCE Postgraduate Certificate in Education Leeds Polytechnic
1969 BA Bachelor of Arts University of Cambridge
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