Kate Swoboda (MSc)


PhD Student
Cognitive and Affective Neurosciences
School of Life and Health Sciences
Aston University
Birmingham, B4 7ET 
e-mail: kate.orange.swimmer AT gmail.com

I am investigating auditory and phonological deficits in children with reading  difficulties. My work is supervised by Dr Laura Shapiro and Dr Caroline Witton and funded by ESRC. I am involved in Aston Literacy Project in which auditory, phonological, and reading skills are tested in two large samples of children from primary schools across Birimingham.

Current research

I am investigating the relationship between cognitive variables (e.g., working memory, non-verbal intelligence, oral language skills) and performance on low-level auditory tasks in children and adults with dyslexia. My methods involve statistical and experimental approaches. 

A bit of history
Before coming to Aston, I had an honour to study at Language Evolution and Computation Research Unit at the University of Edinburgh, where in 2010 I obtained an MSc in Language Evolution and Cognition. My thesis, supervised by 
Prof. Simon Kirby and Dr Julia Simner, investigated the influence of language evolution on participants' perception of a continuous meaning space.