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Núria Sebastián

Professor of Psychology at the Pompeu Fabra University

With a PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of Barcelona, she completed her postdoctoral training at the Max Planck Institute in Nijmegen and at the CNRS in Paris. In 1988 she was appointed as a lecturer at the University of Barcelona where she worked until 2009. She then began to work in the Cognition and Brain Research Unit at the Pompeu Fabra University, where she heads the Speech Acquisition and Processing (SAP) research group. Her work is concerned with the processes of language learning, especially in bilingual populations. She has been a guest research fellow at several academic centres, among them the University of Pennsylvania, University College in London and profoessor at the University of Chicago. She has received international recognition for her work with the James S. McDonnell Foundation Scholar Award, and also gave the prestigious “Nijmegen Lectures” in 2005. She has been distinguished three times with the ICREA “Acadèmia” award and with the Narcís Monturiol Medal in recognition of her contribution to science. She has been president of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology and is vice-president of the European Research Council (ERC). She is “corresponding fellow” of the British Academy.

Update: 14 September 2022


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