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Professor Gert Westermann


Gert Westermann

Fylde College

Lancaster University


Lancaster LA1 4YF

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 592942


Research overview

My research is in developmental cognitive science: I use a variety of methods (eye tracking, computational modelling) to study manily infants' cognitive and emotional development. In general I am interested in the question how intrinsic and environmental factors combine to shape a developmental trajectory and eventually, the adult system.

Main research areas:

Learning about objects in infancy: How do infants make use of multiple sources of information (visual appearance, sounds, labels) to learn about objects and to form categories?

Development and adult processing of verb inflections: how does experience with a language environment shape the processing structures supporting verb inflections?

PhD supervision

Infant cognitive development, computational modelling, language processing

Research Grants

Lichtenberg Fellowship,University of Göttingen, Germany, January - July, 2013

Lancaster University Friends Programme Grant (PI, with Melissa Allen, Dina Lew, Katie Alcock, Gavin Bremner, Karen Mattock), Support for publicity and student projects at the Lancaster Babylab, 2011-2012

ESRC Research Grant, Multisensory processing of objects in infancy, 2011-2012

British Academy Small Grant (co-PI, with Louise Bunce), Young children's understanding of the fantasy-reality distinction: perceptual or conceptual processing?, 2010-2011

ESRC Research Grant, The effect of labels on category formation in infancy, 2009-2011

British Academy Small Grant, Investigating past tense formation in adults: a neurophysiological study, 2008-2009

ESRC Research Grant, Understanding the processing of verb inflections through statistical analyses, experiments and neural networks, 2006-2009

Royal Society Research Grant (with Joseph T. Devlin), TMS investigations of morphology in Broca's area, 2006-2007

Career Details

PhD, Centre for Cognitive Science, University of Edinburgh

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