Dr Dean D'Souza

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology

Department:Psychology

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Brain & Cognition

Dean is a postdoctoral research fellow investigating the effects of bilingualism on brain and cognitive development.

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dean.dsouza@anglia.ac.uk

Find out more Dean's research via Bilinguals' World or read his blog.

Background

Dean joined the MULTAC lab at ARU in 2015 to study the effects of bilingualism on brain and cognitive development. He completed his doctorate at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck, University of London, under the supervision of Professor Annette Karmiloff-Smith and Professor Mark H. Johnson. During his PhD, he investigated some of the early cognitive and neurophysiological processes that underlie language acquisition in children with different neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., Down syndrome, fragile X syndrome, Williams syndrome).

Research interests

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  • Attention
  • Language
  • Typical and atypical development

Dean is a member of our Language & Cognition Research Area which forms part of our Brain and Cognition Research Group.

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Qualifications

  • PhD Psychology (Birkbeck, University of London)
  • MSc Cognitive Neuroscience (Birkbeck-UCL, University of London)
  • BSc Psychology (Birkbeck, University of London)
  • MA Philosophy (The Open University)

Memberships, editorial boards

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Affiliated scientist with the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck, University of London

Affiliated scientist with the British Autism Study of Infant Siblings (BASIS) Network

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

2014 Williams Syndrome Foundation (Neurocognitive studies of infants and toddlers with Williams syndrome by D’Souza & Karmiloff-Smith) £3k

2013 Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience Fellowship (Lake Tahoe, California, USA)

2012 The Waterloo Foundation (Are early behavioural and neurophysiological markers syndrome-specific? A cross-syndrome comparison by D’Souza, Kyjonková, Smith, Scerif, & Karmiloff-Smith) £32.2k

2012 Autour des Williams (Alterations in domain-relevant mechanisms constrain language acquisition in Williams syndrome by D’Souza, Kyjonková, & Karmiloff-Smith) £4.5k

2011 Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience Fellowship (University of California at Santa Barbara, California, USA)

2010 Cornell University Summer Institute Fellowship (Cornell University, NY, USA)

Selected recent publications

D’Souza, D., & Karmiloff-Smith, A. (in press). Why a developmental perspective is critical for understanding human cognition. Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

D’Souza, D., D’Souza, H., Johnson, M. H., & Karmiloff-Smith, A. (2015). Concurrent relations between face scanning and language: A cross-syndrome infant study. PLOS ONE, 10(10), e0139319.

D’Souza, D., Cole, V., Farran, E. K., Brown, J. H., Humphreys, K., Howard, J., Rodic, M., Dekker, T. M., D’Souza, H., & Karmiloff-Smith, A. (2015). Face processing in Williams syndrome is already atypical in infancy. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 760.

D’Souza, D., Booth, R., Connolly, M., Happé, F., & Karmiloff-Smith, A. (2015). Rethinking the concepts of “local or global processors”: Evidence from Williams syndrome, Down syndrome, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Developmental Science. doi: 10.1111/desc.12312 [Epub ahead of print].

Arzi, A., Banerjee, S., Cox, J. C., D’Souza, D., et al. (2014). The significance of cognitive neuroscience: Findings, applications, and challenges. In M. S. Gazzaniga & G. R. Mangun (Eds.), The Cognitive Neurosciences (5th Ed.). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Karmiloff-Smith, A., D’Souza, D., Dekker, T. M., Van Herwegen, J., Xu, F., Rodic, M., & Ansari, D. (2012). Genetic and environmental vulnerabilities in children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 109, 17261-17265.

Karmiloff-Smith, A., Broadbent, H., Farran, E. K., Longhi, E., D’Souza, D., Metcalfe, K., Tassabehji, M., Wu, R., Senju, A., Happé, F., Turnpenny, P., & Sansbury, F. (2012). Social cognition in Williams syndrome: Genotype/phenotype insights from partial deletion patients. Frontiers in Psychology, 3, 168.

D’Souza, D., & Karmiloff-Smith, A. (2011). When modularization fails to occur: A developmental perspective. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 28, 276-287.

Recent presentations and conferences

Invited talks

D’Souza, D., & Karmiloff-Smith, A. (2014, November). Neurocognitive studies of infants and toddlers with Williams syndrome. Paper presented at the European Williams-Beuren Syndrome Conference, Federation of European Williams Syndrome Associations and the Hungarian Williams Syndrome Association, Budapest, Hungary.

D’Souza, D. (2014, October). Are early cognitive and neurophysiological markers of autism syndrome-specific? A cross-syndrome comparison. Paper presented at the 2014 Annual Scientific Meeting of the British Autism Study of Infant Siblings (BASIS), London, UK.

D’Souza, D. (2014, June). Variations in basic-level attentional mechanisms have differential effects on language acquisition: A cross-syndrome study. Paper presented to members of the Child and Brain Development research program, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, London, UK.

D’Souza, D. (2014, March). Developmental Disorders and Genetics. Paper presented at the Specialist Registrars Training Day, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford, UK.

D’Souza, D. (2014, March). Neurocognitive studies of infants and toddlers with fragile X syndrome. Paper presented at the Fragile X Society, London, UK.

D’Souza, D. (2013, June). Are early cognitive and neurophysiological markers of autism syndrome-specific? A cross-syndrome comparison. Paper presented at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck, University of London, London, UK.

D’Souza, D. (2013, May). Neurocognitive studies of infants and toddlers with Williams syndrome. Paper presented to Autour des Williams, Dijon, France.

D’Souza, D. (2012, February). Speech/pitch discrimination in toddlers with Williams syndrome: An electrophysiological study. Paper presented at the Institute for Research in Child Development, University of East London, London, UK.

D’Souza, D. (2011, May). Rethinking local processing. Paper presented at an Academic Meeting of the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Unit, UCL Institute of Child Health, London, UK.

Conference presentations (talks)

D’Souza, D. (2014, July). Are early neurophysiological markers of ASD syndrome-specific? A cross-syndrome comparison. Paper presented at the XIX Biennial International Conference on Infant Studies, International Society on Infant Studies, Berlin, Germany.

Conference presentations (posters)

D’Souza, D., D’Souza, H., Johnson, M. H., Gliga, T., Guiraud, J., & Karmiloff-Smith, A. (2015, September). Differential effects of attentional deficits on language acquisition: A cross-syndrome study. Poster presented at the Flux Congress, Leiden, the Netherlands.

D’Souza, D., D’Souza, H., Johnson, M. H., Gliga, T., Guiraud, J., & Karmiloff-Smith, A. (2015, March). Differential effects of attentional deficits on language acquisition: A cross-syndrome study. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, USA.

D’Souza, D., D’Souza, H., Johnson, M. H., Gliga, T., Guiraud, J., Karmiloff-Smith, A., & the BASIS team (2015, March). Differential effects of attentional deficits on language acquisition: A cross-syndrome study. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science International Convention of Psychological Science, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

D’Souza, D., Kyjonková, H., Johnson, M. H., Gliga, T., Kushnerenko, E., Scerif, G., Karmiloff-Smith, A., & the BASIS team (2013, September). Are early neurophysiological markers of ASD syndrome-specific? Preliminary results from a cross-syndrome study. Poster presented at the Joint Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society Developmental and Cognitive Sections, University of Reading, Reading, UK.

D’Souza, D., Kyjonková, H., Johnson, M. H., Gliga, T., Kushnerenko, E., Scerif, G., Karmiloff-Smith, A., & the BASIS team (2013, May). Are early neurophysiological markers of ASD syndrome-specific? Preliminary results from a cross-syndrome study. Poster presented at the International Society for Autism Research Annual Meeting, IMFAR 2013, San Sebastian, Spain.

D’Souza, D., Kyjonková, H., Johnson, M. H., Gliga, T., Kushnerenko, E., Scerif, G., Karmiloff-Smith, A., & the BASIS team (2013, January). Are early neurophysiological markers of ASD syndrome-specific? Preliminary results from a cross-syndrome study. Poster presented at the Neurodevelopmental Disorders Seminar Series: Seminar 2: Developmental Trajectories and Cross-syndrome Comparisons: Issues and Future Directions, Institute of Education, University of London, London, UK.

D’Souza, D., Kyjonková, H., Johnson, M. H., Smith, T. J., & Karmiloff-Smith, A. (2012, April). Speech/pitch discrimination in toddlers with Williams syndrome: An electrophysiological study. Poster presented at the British Association for Cognitive Neuroscience Annual Conference, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, UK.

D’Souza, D., Kyjonková, H., Johnson, M. H., Smith, T., & Karmiloff-Smith, A. (2012, March). Basic-level mechanisms that constrain learning and development in Williams syndrome. Poster presented at the 3rd Annual Oxford Neuroscience Symposium, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.

D’Souza, D., Connolly, M., Booth, R., Happé, F., & Karmiloff-Smith, A. (2010, September). The importance of cross-syndrome comparisons: Evidence from Autism and Williams syndrome. Poster presented at the British Psychological Society (BPS) Developmental Psychology Section Annual Conference, Goldsmiths, University of London, London, UK.

D’Souza, D., Connolly, M., Booth, R., Happé, F., & Karmiloff-Smith, A. (2009, September). Reconceptualising “featural processing”: Evidence from Autism and Williams syndrome. Poster presented at the British Association for Cognitive Neuroscience Annual Conference, UCL Institute of Child Health, London, UK. – won First Prize (out of 75 finalists).

Media experience

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Dean has written academic pieces and a blog for The Guardian.