Welcome Dr. Laura Diprossimo: Language Learning is not Always “Kinderleicht”

Hi! My name is Laura Diprossimo and I am a psychologist and cognitive neuroscientist with a clinical background in speech and language therapy. 

I am fascinated by how children learn their native language(s) and why children differ so much in their language development. In my research, I investigate the neurocognitive mechanisms, interactional dynamics, and child characteristics that may be linked to language learning.

I received a bachelor’s degree in Speech and Language Therapy from the University of Milan. I then completed a master’s degree in Cognitive Neuroscience, at the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences, University of Trento. After my master’s, I was a predoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig. I then moved to the UK for my doctoral studies. There, I was a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early-Stage Researcher and completed my PhD in Psychology at Lancaster University. 

I am delighted to join the University of Münster as a WiRe Postdoctoral Fellow. In collaboration with Prof. Dr. Joscha Kärtner‘s Developmental Psychology Lab in the Department of Psychology at Uni Münster, my WiRe Project will examine children’s active contribution to their language development.

I was born and raised in Milan’s metropolitan area, yet my family’s origins are from beautiful tiny towns in southern Italy.