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Dr Claudia Uller

Associate Professor, Kingston University

Dr Claudia Uller Areas of expertise

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Overview

Dr Uller is a developmental cognitive scientist. Her main interests lie at the interface between early cognition and language. She is interested in infants' and young children's intuitive knowledge about the physical and social worlds. Claudia is therefore interested in how preverbal babies see the world. One of the most fascinating questions to puzzle students of the mind is how the human mind is wired to acquire so much information, so quickly, within the first two years.

In addition Claudia is interested in how non-linguistic animals think and develop specialised mechanisms to survive. For the past 20 years, developmental scientists have refined methodologies to assess knowledge both in preverbal babies and non-linguistic animals. These experimental methods allow us to draw conclusions about the origins of knowledge in humans and rudiments of knowledge in animals.

Her work has been featured in Nature, New Scientist, The Guardian, BBC Wildlife, BBC Radio 3, BBC Look East (TV) and Radio 5 Live.

Qualifications

Year gained Subject
1996 PHD, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA,
1994 MSc, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.

Career Highlights

Year Position held
2014 - Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Kingston University.
2011 - 2014 Head of Department and Director of Studies, Department of Psychology, Kingston University.
2009 - 2011 Senior lecturer, University of Cambridge.
2003 - 2009 Lecturer, University of Essex.
1999 - 2003 Assistant Professor, University of Louisiana, USA.
1997 - 1999 Research Associate, Rutgers University, USA.

Research

Selected publications:

Uller, C., Urquhart, C., Lewis, J. & Berntsen, M. (2013). Ten-month-old infants' reaching choices for 'more': the relationship between inter-stimulus distance and number. Frontiers.

Krusche, P., Dicke, U. & Uller, C. (2010). Quantity discrimination in salamanders. Journal of Experimental Biology 213,1822-1828.

Uller, C. & Lewis, J. (2009). Horses (Equus caballus) select the greater of two quantities in small numerical contrasts. Animal Cognition 12, 733-738.

Cooper, N., Uller, C., Pettifer, J. & Stolc, F. (2009). Conditioning  attentional skills: Examining the effects of the pace of television editing on children's attention.  Acta Paediatrica 98, 1651-1655.

Orbell, S., Henderson, C., Geeraert, N., Uller, C., Karidaki, M. & Uskul, A. (2009).  Social cognitive beliefs, alcohol and tobacco use: A prospective community study of change following a ban on smoking in public places. Health Psychology, 28:6, 753-761.

Uller, C. (2008). Developmental and evolutionary considerations on numerical cognition: A review.  Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, 6:4, 237-253.

Uller, C. (2008). The Evolution of Cognition: The case of number. In D. Dedrick & L. Trick. Eds. Computation, Cognition and Pylyshyn. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Media Highlights

Claudia's work has been featured in various printed and broadcast media settings.

Conference Highlights

Claudia has presented at numerous conferences around the world. 

Professional Body Membership

New York Academy of Sciences

Association for Psychological Science

British Psychological Society

International Society on Infants Studies

Fellow of the Society for Research on Child Development 

Member of the Hanse Wissenschaftskolleg Institute for Advanced Study

 

Academic Accolades

2012-2013  Nomination within The Faculty at Kingston University for the National Teaching Fellowship Award

2005-2008 Hanse Wissenschaftskolleg Fellowship/Universität Bremen, Numerical discrimination in salamanders

2004  United States of America Department of Justice, Professional of Exceptional Ability in Research Award (Award inviting permanent residence in the USA)

2001  USA Department of Justice, Outstanding Professor or Researcher Award (Award inviting permanent residence in the USA)

2001  American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting and Science Innovation Exhibition Award

2000  Louisiana State Board of Regents EPSCOR TGEF RFP#2000-34 Award

1997  Ecole de Hautes Etudes/Fondation Fyssen Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

1996  Massachusetts Institute of Technology Graduate award

1995  Massachusetts Institute of Technology Graduate award

1994  Massachusetts Institute of Technology Graduate award

1993  Massachusetts Institute of Technology Graduate award.

 

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