Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology
Areas of Expertise: Brain & Cognition
Hiwet is a lecturer in psychology and her research interests include child development, mathematical cognition and working memory.
The central aim of Hiwet's research is the investigation of domain-specific and domain-general precursors of school learning. She has specifically focused her projects on the investigation of the effectiveness of working memory and numeracy intervention programs for the prevention of learning difficulties in preschool years. Recently Hiwet has started to work in the field of special needs exploring the effectiveness of a working memory intervention program she has designed, on children with Down’s Syndrome.
Hiwet teaches on a number of psychology modules including:
Van Herwegen, J., Costa H.M. & Passolunghi M.C. (submitted). Improving number abilities in preschoolers: PLUS
Passolunghi M. C., & Costa H. M. (2016). Working memory and early numeracy training in preschool children. Child Neuropsychology, 22(1), 81-98. doi: 10.1080/09297049.2014.971726
Costa, H. M., Purser, H. R. M., & Passolunghi, M. C. (2015). Improving working memory abilities in individuals with Down syndrome: a treatment case study. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 1331. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01331