Professor Caroline Floccia
Professor in Developmental Psychology
School of Psychology (Faculty of Health)
- Language development
- Developmental psychology
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Associate Head of School (research)
1991/96: Doctorate in cognitive science (psychology)
« Speech perception and learning in neonates: a methodological study of the High Amplitude Sucking procedure.»
Under the supervision of Professor Jacques Mehler and Dr Josiane Bertoncini, Laboratory for Cognitive Science and Psycholinguistics, CNRS-EHESS, Paris. Doctorate obtained 25th November 1996 with honours.
1990/91: DEA in cognitive science (equivalent to MSc)
University of Paris VI and EHESS (Paris)
PhD grants from the French Ministry of Research (December 1991 – November 1994)
1987/90: Civil engineer
Superior School for Civil Engineering, Paris
1984/87: Preparatory School in Maths and Physics
- August 2018-present: Professor in Developmental Psychology.
- October 2010-August 2018: Reader in developmental psychology, School of Psychology, University of Plymouth.
- September 2006-October 2010: Lecturer in developmental psychology, School of Psychology, University of Plymouth.
- September 2005-August 2006: Research Delegation at the CNRS, Laboratory Speech and Language, University of Provence.
- September 1997-2006: Permanent Lecturer in cognitive development, University of Franche-Comté, Laboratory of Psychology (EA3188).
- October 1995-September 1997: Research and teaching associate, University of Geneva, Laboratory of Experimental Psycholinguistics, under the supervision of Professor Ulrich Frauenfelder.
- December 1994-August 1995: post-doctoral researcher (HCM), ULB, Brussels, Laboratory of Experimental Psychology, under the supervision of Professor José Morais.
Psycholinguistics, language development, cognitive development.
My research interests have been focused on speech perception in adults, children and infants within a psycholinguistic perspective. The common feature of these research topics has been the study of linguistic representations used in online information processing. Recently, I have been particularly interested in accents and dialects processing and learning throughout development, as well as bilingual development.
Grants & contracts
- 2020-2023: CI GCRF Research grant, Language development in Arabic-speaking children in the early years: Tackling the roots of academic and social inequalities, £1,782,594 including £671,827 for University of Plymouth
- 2013-2016: PI ESRC Research grant, Lexical development in bilingual toddler. £830,364, including £741,182 for Plymouth University.
- 2010-2013: PI ESRC/ANR Bilateral grant, Representations of consonants and vowels in French and English from infancy to adulthood, £454,100 plus £167,058 for the French team.
- 2009-2010: PI – “Phonological representations in bidialectal listeners”. ESRC Small Grants, £79,578.
- 2008-2010: PI – “The effect of bilingualism and bidialectalism on word learning in 14- to 20-month-old children”. Nuffield Social Sciences Small Grant, £7,004.
- 2008-2009: CI - Alliance Project (British Council), “The processing of consonants and vowels in French- and English-speaking children and adults”, awarded to Dr Jeremy Goslin, £3,640.
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