I am a Lecturer at the Department of Experimental Psychology. I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece. I continued my studies as a Fulbright scholar in the US where I obtained a MSc degree in Neuroscience and Education from Columbia University. I completed my PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour in the Netherlands funded by a Max Planck Society IMPRS fellowship. Before moving to Oxford, I worked on an NIH funded project in the Department of Neurology at the University of California, Irvine in the US. I joined LMH as a stipendiary lecturer in October 2020.
I am interested in individual variation in language learning abilities and how it relates to variation in brain structure and function. Thus far, I have had the opportunity to explore this variation in monolingual and bilingual young adults, in typically developing children and in children with perinatal brain lesions. As a member of the Speech and Brain Research Group at Oxford, I approach this question by studying children with Developmental Language Disorder, a well-characterized language learning disorder.
I teach Part I Experimental Design and Methods for the Experimental Psychology and Psychology, Philosophy, and Linguistics courses. I also teach Part I Individual Differences and Clinical Psychology, including core practical classes on Individual Differences and Clinical Psychology qualitative research.
Asaridou, S. S., Demir-Lira, Ö. E., Goldin-Meadow, S., Levine, S. C., & Small, S. L. (2020). Language development and brain reorganization in a child born without the left hemisphere. Cortex, 127, 290-312.
Asaridou, S. S., Demir-Lira, Ö. E., Goldin-Meadow, S., & Small, S. L. (2017). The pace of vocabulary growth during preschool predicts cortical structure at school age. Neuropsychologia, 98, 13-23.
Asaridou, S. S., Takashima, A., Dediu, D., Hagoort, P., & McQueen, J. M. (2016). Repetition suppression in the left inferior frontal gyrus predicts tone learning performance. Cerebral Cortex, 26(6), 2728-2742.
Asaridou, S. S., & McQueen, J. M. (2013). Speech and music shape the listening brain: evidence for shared domain-general mechanisms. Frontiers in psychology, 4, 321.