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Prof. Taeko WYDELL

Brunel University London

Board Member

Professor Taeko N. Wydell, BA(Hons), Ph.D., C.Psychol, AFBPsS, FRSM.

Having completed my ESRC funded PhD in 1991 as a mature student, I worked on my research as a MRC Post-Doc Research Fellow at UCL until 1994. In 1994 I was the first psychologist to be awarded a four-year (1994-1998) Wellcome Trust Research Career Development Fellowship at UCL. While I was at UCL, I taught Intercalated Medical Students who completed their BSc in Psychology within a year. I was then offered a lectureship at Brunel, and was appointed as professor in 2004. I was an EU Invited Scientist to Helsinki University of Technology (2000-2003) conducting MEG research. I have several international collaborations (e.g. Australia, China, Finland, France, Japan, etc).

My research theme is the universality and language specificity of language / literacy processing. I focus on the cognitive and neural processes involved in reading / writing / speaking/listening in different language users (English, Finnish, Spanish, Hebrew, Chinese, Japanese, etc.). My participants are healthy children / adults as well as language / reading impaired children / adults, e.g., dyslexia & SLI (specific language impairment). I employ both behavioural and neuroimaging (fMRI, EEG, MEG, TMS) methods for my research.