Hana D’Souza

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development
Henry Wellcome Building
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street
London
WC1E 7HX

Phone: +44 (0)20 7079 0855
Email: h dot dsouza at mail dot bbk dot ac dot uk

Research Interests

The development of attention and motor abilities, and how these interact over developmental time. I am also an Honorary Research Associate at Birkbeck, collaborating with Annette Karmiloff-Smith and Dean D'Souza on a project studying cognition and neurophysiology in infants and toddlers with Down syndrome, fragile X syndrome, and Williams syndrome.

 

Curriculum Vitae

Education

Since 2012      PhD in Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK, Supervisors: Dr Andy Bremner (Goldsmiths), Dr José Van Velzen (Goldsmiths), Prof Annette Karmiloff-Smith (Birkbeck), Advisor: Dr Gaia Scerif (Oxford)

2011 - 2012    MSc in Psychological Research, University of Oxford, UK, Supervisors: Prof Kim Plunkett, Dr Suzy Styles

2005 - 2011    Masters degree (5-years) in Psychology, Graduated in Clinical Psychology (Distinction), Masaryk University, CZ

2009 - 2010    International Exchange Student, University of Toronto, Canada

2006 - 2009    Bachelors degree (First Class), Double: Media Studies and Journalism and Psychology, Masaryk University, CZ

 

Research Experience (selected)

Since 2013      Honorary Research Associate, Centre for Brain & Cognitive Development, Birkbeck, University of London, UK, Project: Cognition and Neurophysiology in Infants and Toddlers with Autism, Down Syndrome, Fragile-X Syndrome and Williams Syndrome, Supervisor: Prof Annette Karmiloff-Smith

2011 - 2013    Research Assistant, Centre for Brain & Cognitive Development, Birkbeck, University of London, UK, Project:Cognition and Neurophysiology in Infants and Toddlers with Autism, Down Syndrome, Fragile-X Syndrome and Williams Syndrome, Supervisor: Prof Annette Karmiloff-Smith

2010 - 2011    Research Assistant, Institute for Research on Children, Youth and Family, Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, Czech Republic, Project: ELSPAC - European Longitudinal Study of Pregnancy and Childhood, Supervisor: Dr Lenka Lacinová

2010 - 2011    Research Assistant, Institute of Psychology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Czech Republic, Project:Early Communication: Physiological Correlates of Sharing Emotions with Others During the First Year of Life, Supervisor: Dr Gabriela Marková

 

    Awards, Grants, and Scholarships (selected)

    2012 - 2015    Goldsmiths Departmental Bursary for a 3 years PhD

    2012               BPS Developmental Section Postgraduate Conference Bursary

    2012               The Waterloo Foundation, funds to cover participant and equipment costs for  the project entitled Are early behavioural and neurophysiological markers syndrome specific? A cross-syndrome comparison (Annette Karmiloff-Smith (PI), Dean D'Souza, Hana Kyjonková, Tim Smith, & Gaia Scerif) (£32,200)

    2012               Autour des Williams, funds to cover participant and equipment costs for the project entitled Alterations in domain-relevant mechanisms constrain language acquisition in Williams syndrome (Annette Karmiloff-Smith (PI), Dean D’Souza, & Hana Kyjonková) (£4,500)

    2011               Masaryk University Exceptional Scholarship for Support of Research Activity

    2011               Rector’s Award for the Best Masters Degree Programme Students, Masaryk University

    2011               Masaryk University Scholarship for Support of Creative Activity

     

    Publications

    D'Souza, H., Cowie, D., Karmiloff-Smith, A., and Bremner, A. J. (2016). Specialization of the motor system in infancy: From broad tuning to selectively specialized purposeful actionsDevelopmental Science. Early view.

    Michalčáková, Radka, Lenka Lacinová, Hana Kyjonková, Ondřej Bouša A Martin Jelínek. (2010) Fears in Czech Adolescents: A Longitudinal Study. The journal of early adolescence, London: Sage Publications, 2013, Vol. 33, N. 8, s. 1071 - 1089. ISSN 0272-4316. doi:10.1177/0272431613485820.

    Kyjonková, H., & Lacinová, L. (2010). Soukromá řeč a typ aktivity u dětí předškolního věku [Private Speech and Activity Type in Preschool Children]. Československá psychologie, 54(4), 342-356.

     

    Conference Presentations (selected)

    Kyjonková, H., Styles, S., & Plunkett, K. (2012, September). Emergent Word Learning Over Multiple Exposures: Do 16-Month-Olds Show an Advantage for Synaesthetic Congruence? Talk presented at the British Psychological Society Developmental Psychology Section Conference 2012, Glasgow, 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, Newcastle, UK.

    D’Souza, D., Kyjonková, H., Johnson, M. H., Smith, T. J., & Karmiloff-Smith, A. (2012, March). The Early Precursors of Language and Communication in Williams Syndrome. Poster presented at the 3rd Annual Oxford Neuroscience Symposium, Oxford, UK.

    Kyjonková, H. (2011, June). Teorie mysli a vybrané metody jejího výzkumu [Theory of Mind and Selected Methods of Its Research]. Talk presented at Psychologická diagnostika dětí a dospívajících: Výzkum, prevence a školní poradenství, Brno, Czech Republic.

    Kyjonková, H. (2010, December). Changes in Private Speech during a Task with Increasing Difficulty Levels (Preliminary Analysis). Poster presented at the Symposium in Honour of Paul van Geert: A Process Approach to Education and Development, Groningen, Netherlands.

    Kyjonková, H., & Lacinová, L. (2010, September). Private Speech and Type of Activity in Preschool Children: Importance of Open-Ended and Closed-Ended Activity for Self-Regulation. Poster presented at the British Psychological Society Developmental Psychology Section Conference 2010, London, UK.

    Kyjonková, H., & Lacinová, L. (2010, September). Soukromá řeč a typ aktivity u předškolních dětí [Private Speech and Activity Type in Preschool Children]. Talk presented at Psychologické dny, Olomouc, Czech Republic.

    Kyjonková, H., & Lacinová, L. (2010, May). Private Speech and Type of Activity in Preschool Children: Importance of Open-Ended and Closed-Ended Activity for Self-Regulation. Poster presented at Development 2010: A Canadian Conference on Developmental Psychology, Ottawa, Canada.