Inaugural lectures: Emma Marsden and Sophie von Stumm

Posted on 6 June 2019

We're celebrating Emma and Sophie's recent professorships on Wednesday 19 June.

Join us for lectures exploring 'A foot in two camps?' and 'Takes from the hungry mind', followed by drinks and nibbles.

Emma's lecture will review some of the laboratory and classroom-based research carried out by herself and her colleagues and students, in contexts where exposure to the foreign language is limited to a few hours in classrooms. The aim will be to reflect on the trajectory of this kind of research making its way into the hearts, minds, and classrooms of teachers and reaching the desks of policy-makers.

Sophie's lecture will tackle why some children perform better in schools and review the plethora of ideas and approaches that drive her research. Her findings shed light on the interplay between personality traits and ability factors in the prediction of learning; the importance of early life experiences and family background for cognitive development; and the powerful effect of genetic factors on school performance.

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