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Dr Jo Van Herwegen

Associate Professor

About

My research focuses mainly on language and number development in both typical and atypical developmental disorders, such as Williams syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down syndrome, and Specific Language Impairment. Linking the aforementioned areas of research activity, I am interested in individual differences, as well as exploring what cognitive abilities and strategies relate to successful performance in typical populations and how these differ in atypical populations, in order to aid the development of economically valid training programmes. I believe that it is important to study abilities from infancy onwards in order to obtain a better understanding of how cognitive abilities develop over time and how performance across different cognitive areas relate to each other. I employ a range of methods and experimental designs, including spontaneous language samples, preferential looking, experimental tasks, and eye tracking (Tobii).

I am co-ordinator of the Child Development and Learning Difficulties (CDLD) Unit and a member of the Eye-movement and Cognition Lab (iMCL) at Kingston University. I use a range of methodologies and for some of my studies I use a Tobii eye-tracker which records the eye-movements of the participant. This harmless and non-invasive recoding device (see picture on the right) allows me to investigate where and how long a participant was looking at while performing a certain task/ watching TV.

Areas of specialism

  • Neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Language development
  • Number development
  • Learning in children
  • Eye tracking

Media enquiries

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Courses taught

Undergraduate

Postgraduate

Qualifications

  • PhD in Education, King's College London
  • MSc Cognitive Neuropsychology Birkbeck, University of London
  • MA Psycholinguistics, University of Antwerp
  • BA Linguistics, University of Antwerp

Research

Funding

2016-2017 Van Herwegen, J. (PI), & Palikara, O. Williams Syndrome Foundation (£22,699). Raising awareness and meeting the needs of children and young people with Williams Syndrome under the new SEND Code of Practice in the UK.

2016-2017 Freeth, M., Lane, C. & Van Herwegen, J (CI). Baily Thomas (£4,704). Why do individuals with Sotos syndrome struggle with maths?

2016-2017 Purser, H., Van Herwegen. J. (named participant) & Thomas, M.S.C. British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant (£ 8,783). Building a foundation to develop an intervention to remediate humour comprehension deficits in autism and Down syndrome

2015-2016 Van Herwegen, J. (PI), Simms, V., & Karmiloff-Smith, A. British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant (£9,897). The influence ofdomain general abilities on number development in Williams syndrome and Downsyndrome: evidence from eye tracking.

2015-2016 Van Herwegen, J. (PI) & Donlan, C. Nuffield Foundation (£139,564). Improving preschoolers' number foundations.

2012-2013 Farran, E.K. & Van Herwegen, J. British Academy (£9,960). The use of eye-tracking to investigate landmark knowledge and route-learning strategies in typical and atypical development

2012-2013 Van Herwegen, J., Farran, E.K., Riby, D. British Psychological Society seminar series competition, co-sponsored by Williams Syndrome Foundation and BPS developmental section (total £4800). Neurodevelopmental disorders: Exploring sensitive methods of assessment across development

2012-2013 Van Herwegen, J. (£3000). Capability Research Fund at Kingston University, London. Plus: Pre-school number learning scheme.

2007-2010 Van Herwegen, J. University of London Central Research Fund (£1,997). The understanding of Metaphor and Metonymy in Williams syndrome.

Publications

Number of items: 34.

Article

Van Herwegen, Jo, Costa, Hiwet Mariam and Passolunghi, Maria Chiara (2016) Improving approximate number sense abilities in preschoolers : PLUS games. School Psychology Quarterly, ISSN (print) 1045-3830 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Farran, Emily K., Formby, Susan, Daniyal, Fahad, Holmes, Tim and Van Herwegen, Jo (2016) Route-learning strategies in typical and atypical development; eye tracking reveals atypical landmark selection in Williams syndrome. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 60(10), pp. 933-944. ISSN (print) 0964-2633

Van Herwegen, Jo, Smith, Tim J and Dagmara, Dimitriou (2015) Exploring different explanations for performance on a theory of mind task in Williams syndrome and Autism using eye movements. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 45-46, pp. 202-209. ISSN (print) 0891-4222

Van Herwegen, Jo (2015) Williams syndrome and its cognitive profile: the importance of eye movements. Psychology Research and Behavior Management, 8, pp. 143-151. ISSN (online) 1179-1578

Olofson, Eric L., Casey, Drew, Oluyedun, Olufemi A., Van Herwegen, Jo, Becerra, Adam and Rundblad, Gabriella (2014) Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder Comprehend Lexicalized and Novel Primary Conceptual Metaphors. Journal Of Autism And Developmental Disorders, 44(10), pp. 2568-2583. ISSN (print) 0162-3257

Van Herwegen, Jo, Aznar, Ana and Tenenbaum, Harriet (2014) The use of emotions in narratives in Williams syndrome. Journal of Communication Disorders, 50, pp. 1-7. ISSN (print) 0021-9924

Van Herwegen, Jo, Dimitriou, Dagmara and Rundblad, Gabriella (2013) Development of novel metaphor and metonymy comprehension in typically developing children and Williams syndrome. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34(4), pp. 1300-1311. ISSN (print) 0891-4222

Van Herwegen, Jo, Dimitriou, Dagmara and Rundblad, Gabriella (2013) Performance on verbal and low-verbal false belief tasks: Evidence from children with Williams syndrome. Journal of Communication Disorders, 46(5-6), pp. 440-448. ISSN (print) 0021-9924

Farran, E.K., Courbois, Y., Van Herwegen, J., Cruickshank, A.G. and Blades, M. (2012) Colour as an environmental cue when learning a route in a virtual environment: typical and atypical development. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 33(3), pp. 900-908. ISSN (print) 0891-4222

Karmiloff-Smith, Annette, D'Souza, Dean, Dekker, Tessa M., Van Herwegen, Jo, Xu, Fei, Rodic, Maja and Ansari, Daniel (2012) Genetic and environmental vulnerabilities in children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), 109(Sup. 2), pp. 17261-17265. ISSN (print) 0027-8424

Farran, Emily K., Courbois, Yannick, Van Herwegen, Jo and Blades, Mark (2012) How useful are landmarks when learning a route in a virtual environment? Evidence from typical development and Williams syndrome. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 111(4), pp. 571-586. ISSN (print) 0022-0965

Naylor, Lauren and Van Herwegen, Jo (2012) The production of figurative language in typically developing children and Williams Syndrome. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 33(2), pp. 711-716. ISSN (print) 0891-4222

Van Herwegen, Jo, Farran, Emily and Annaz, Dagmara (2011) Item and error analysis on Raven's Coloured Progressive Matrices in Williams Syndrome. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 32(1), pp. 93-99. ISSN (print) 0891-4222

Van Herwegen, Jo, Rundblad, Gabriella, Davelaar, Eddy J. and Annaz, Dagmara (2011) Variability and standardised test profiles in typically developing children and children with Williams Syndrome. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 29(4), pp. 883-894. ISSN (print) 0261-510X

Naylor, Lauren and Van Herwegen, Jo (2011) The production of figurative language in typically developing children and Williams syndrome. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 33(2), pp. 711-716. ISSN (print) 0891-4222

Annaz, Dagmara, Van Herwegen, Jo, Thomas, Michael, Fishman, Roza, Karmiloff-Smith, Annette and Rundblad, Gabriella (2009) Comprehension of metaphor and metonymy in children with Williams syndrome. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 44(6), pp. 962-978. ISSN (print) 1368-2822

Van Herwegen, Jo, Ansari, Daniel, Xu, Fei and Karmiloff-Smith, Annette (2008) Small and large number processing in infants and toddlers with Williams syndrome. Developmental Science, 11(5), pp. 637-643. ISSN (print) 1363-755X

Van Herwegen, Jo and Karmiloff-Smith, Annette (2006) Is it language that makes humans intelligent? [Commentary on Locke, J.L. and Bogin, B.]. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 29(3), p. 298. ISSN (print) 0140-525X

Book

Prior, Jess and Van Herwegen, Jo, eds. (2016) Practical research with children. New York, U.S. : Routledge. 308p. (Research Methods in Developmental Psychology : A Handbook Series) ISBN 9781138937895

Van Herwegen, Jo and Riby, Deborah, eds. (2015) Neurodevelopmental disorders: research challenges and solutions. Hove, U.K. : Psychology Press. 298p. (Research methods in developmental psychology: a handbook series) ISBN 9781848723283

Book Section

Purser, Harry and Van Herwegen, Jo (2016) Standardised and experimental psychological tasks : issues and solutions for research with children. In: Prior, Jess and Van Herwegen, Jo, (eds.) Practical research with children. New York, U.S. : Routledge. pp. 70-88. (Research Methods in Developmental Psychology : A Handbook Series) ISBN 9781138937895

Van Herwegen, J. and Karmiloff-Smith, A. (2015) Genetic developmental disorders and numerical competence across the lifespan. In: Cohen Kadosh, R. and Dowker, A., (eds.) Oxford handbook of numerical cognition. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199642342 (In Press)

Van Herwegen, Jo, Riby, Deborah and Farran, Emily K. (2015) Neurodevelopmental disorders: definitions and issues. In: Van Herwegen, Jo and Riby, Deborah, (eds.) Neurodevelopmental disorders: research challenges and solutions. Hove, U.K. : Psychology Press. pp. 3-18. (Research methods in developmental psychology: a handbook series) ISBN 9781848723283

Thomas, Michael S.C. and Van Herwegen, Jo (2014) Williams syndrome and language development. In: Brooks, Patricia J. and Kempe, Vera, (eds.) Encyclopedia of Language Development. London, U.K. : SAGE Publications, Inc. pp. 667-669. ISBN 9781452258768

Conference or Workshop Item

Clenton, Jon, Booth, Paul and Van Herwegen, Jo (2016) Determining the extent to which L1 learner choices influence the L2 : exploring semantic and syntactic choices. In: EuroSLA 26 : Looking back, looking forward: Language learning research at the crossroads; 24 - 27 Aug 2016, Jyvaskyla, Finland. (Unpublished)

Van Herwegen, J. [Speaker], Annaz, D. [Collaborator] and Rundblad, G. [Collaborator] (2009) Explaining development of comprehension of novel metaphors and metonyms in Williams Syndrome. In: British Psychological Society Developmental Section Conference; 09 - 11 Sep 2009, Nottingham, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Van Herwegen, Jo [Speaker], Rundblad, Gabriella [Collaborator] and Annaz, Dagmara [Collaborator] (2009) Variability and standardised tests in typically developing children and Williams Syndrome. In: Psychology and Human Development Lunchtime Seminar Series; 22 Oct 2009, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Van Herwegen, Jo [Speaker], Rundblad, Gabriella [Collaborator] and Annaz, Dagmara [Collaborator] (2009) WS cognitive profile (WCP) and individual variability. In: Seattle in the Summer: workshop for postgraduate students; July 2009, Birmingham, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Van Herwegen, Jo [Speaker], Annaz, D. [Collaborator] and Rundblad, Gabriella [Collaborator] (2008) Is metaphor comprehension in Williams syndrome normal, delayed or impaired? In: Language, Communication and Cognition; 04 - 07 Aug 2008, Brighton, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Van Herwegen, Jo [Speaker], Annaz, Dagmara [Collaborator], Thomas, Michael S.C. [Collaborator], Fishman, Roza [Collaborator], Karmiloff-Smith, Annette [Collaborator] and Rundblad, Gabriella [Collaborator] (2008) Understanding of metaphor and metonymy in Williams syndrome: implications for daily conversations. In: 17th International Postgraduate Research Linguistics Conference; 07 - 08 Feb 2008, Manchester, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Saxton, Matthew, Dockrell, Julie, Bevan, Eleri and Van Herwegen, Jo (2007) Grammaticality judgements of children with and without language delay. In: 30th Child Language Seminar; 18 - 20 Jul 2007, Reading, U.K..

Saxton, M [Speaker], Dockrell, J. [Collaborator], Bevan, E. [Collaborator] and Van Herwegen, J. [Collaborator] (2007) Grammaticality judgements of children with and without language delay. In: 4th Afasic International Symposium; Apr 2007, Coventry, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Van Herwegen, Jo [Speaker], Ansari, Daniel [Collaborator], Xu, Fei [Collaborator] and Karmiloff-Smith, Annette [Collaborator] (2007) Small and large number processing in infants and toddlers with Williams Syndrome. In: 6th IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning; 11 - 13 Jul 2007, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Elsabbagh, M. [Speaker], Van Herwegen, J. [Collaborator], Campos, R. [Collaborator] and Karmiloff-Smith, A. [Collaborator] (2005) Perception of native and non-native language contrasts in relation to mother-child interaction. In: British Psychology Society Quinquennial Conference; 31 Mar - 02 Apr 2005, Manchester, U.K.. (Unpublished)

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