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Professor Usha Goswami FBA

Dyslexia; reading and spelling development; cognitive development; neuroscience in education; reasoning by analogy
Professor Usha Goswami, FBA

Professor of Cognitive Developmental Neuroscience, Department of Psychology

Director of the Centre for Neuroscience in Education


Reading and spelling development

Cognitive development

Neuroscience in education

Reasoning by analogy

Research Interests

Since completing my PhD on reading and spelling by analogy in 1987, my research has encompassed a number of areas including the relations between phonology and reading, rhyme and analogy in reading acquisition across languages, and rhyme processing in dyslexic and deaf children's reading. A major focus of my research has been in cross-linguistic, with projects on normative development and also cross-language studies of developmental dyslexia, focusing on the impact of deficits in auditory temporal processing on reading. I have also done fMRI studies of the neural networks underpinning reading in good and poor deaf adult readers, and EEG studies looking at acoustic processing in the dyslexic brain. Finally, I have an ongoing set of projects based around lexical statistics, investigating the impact of 'phonological neighbourhood relations' (similarity relations such as rhyme) on phonological processing in different languages.


  • Cognitive development
  • Dyslexia
  • Spelling development
  • Reading
  • Psychology

Key Publications

Goswami, U., Wang, H-L., Cruz, A., Fosker, T., Mead, N., & Huss, M. (2011). Language-universal sensory deficits in developmenta dyslexia: English, Spanish and Chinese. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23, 325-337.

Huss, M., Verney, J.P., Fosker, T., Mead, N. & Goswami, U. (2011). Music, rhythm, rise time perception and developmental dyslexia: Perception of musical meter predicts reading and phonology. Cortex, 47, 674-89.

Goswami, U. (2011). A temporal sampling framework for developmental dyslexia. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 15 (1), 3-10.

Leong, V., Hämäläinen, J., Soltész, F., & Goswami, U. (2011). Rise Time Perception and Detection of Syllable Stress in Adults with Developmental Dyslexia. Journal of Memory and Language, 64, 59-73.

Hämäläinen, J.A., Rupp, A., Soltész, F., Szücs, D., & Goswami, U. (2012). Reduced phase locking to slow amplitude modulation in adults with dyslexia: An MEG Study. Neuroimage, 59, 2952-61.