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University of Bedfordshire
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Dr Anastasia Giannakopoulou

Lecturer in Psychology

Anastasia Giannakopoulou

I am interested in brain plasticity and its relation to language learning and development in typical and atypical populations.

My background in both psychology and psycholinguistics has sparked my research work in speech perception and auditory perceptual training using specialised computer software programmes and smartphone applications. I use behavioural as well as electroencephalography (EEG) techniques to investigate online brain response to auditory and visual stimuli with experimental designs looking into native and non-native language speakers.

I also work on age-related factors with implications on language learning (for example, child learners versus adult learners), how it is possible to 'train' the brain taking advantage of its neuroplastic abilities. This strand of work also has implications and can benefit not only healthy but also language impaired populations.

I have a growing interest in the area of ageing psychology, both healthy and pathological (e.g. MCI, Alzheimer's disease, dementia, and other age-related deficits). I teach cognitive and developmental psychology, covering areas of typical and atypical development.

Qualifications

  • PhD in Psychology - Brunel University
  • PGCert in Teaching and Learning in HE - Brunel University (HEA Accredited)
  • MPhil in English and Applied Linguistics - Cambridge University
  • BA (Hons) English Language Studies - University of Central Lancashire

Research Interests

  • Neural plasticity
  • Typical and atypical cognitive development
  • Language acquisition
  • Speech perception
  • Brain plasticity in second language learning
  • High variability perceptual training (HVPT)
  • Design of language learning computer training tools and smartphone applications.
  • Psychology of Ageing (healthy and pathological ageing)
  • EEG /neuroimaging techniques

Recent Research Projects

  • 'Language learning and variability' project (funded by the British Academy)
  • 'ListenUp!' with the MRC CBSU (Cambridge) and the Science Museum (London)
  • Language learning smartphone application development project aimed at Japanese learners of English
  • Speech perception testing and training (HVPT)

Service to the Academic/Professional Community

  • British Psychological Society (BPS) – Chartered membership (CPsychol, DoN)
  • Fellow with the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) 
  • British Association of Cognitive Neuroscience (BACN)
  • The Acoustical Society of America (ASA)
  • International Speech Communication Association (ISCA)
  • British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL)
  • Greek Applied Linguistics Association (GALA)
  • Linguistic Society, Cambridge University (CamLing)
  • St. Catharine's College member and representative, Cambridge University

Recent Publications

  • Giannakopoulou, A., Uther, M., Ylinen, S. (2013). Enhanced plasticity in spoken language acquisition for child learners: evidence from phonetic training studies in child and adult learners of English. Child Language Teaching and Therapy. Vol. 29(2). Pp.201-218.  SAGE Publications. DOI: 10.1177/0265659012467473
  • Uther, M., Giannakopoulou. A., Iverson, P. (2012). Hyperarticulation of vowels enhances phonetic change responses in both native and non-native speakers of English: evidence from an auditory event-related potential study. Brain Research. Elsevier.  DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.brainres.2012.06.041
  • Giannakopoulou, A., Uther, M., Ylinen, S. (2011). Phonetic cue-weighting in the acquisition of a second language (L2): evidence from Greek speakers of English. In: Achievements and perspectives in SLA of speech: New Sounds 2010. Volume 1. (Eds.) Magdalena Wrembel, Malgorzata Kul and Katarzyna Dziubalska-Kolaczyk. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Verlag. Pp. 91-102.
  • Uther, M., Giannakopoulou, A., Iverson, P. (2011). Does hyperarticulation facilitate phonemic categorization in non‐native speakers of English?. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. Volume 129, Issue 4, pp. 2422-2422.
  • Giannakopoulou, A., Uther, M., Ylinen, S. (2009). Phonetic cue-weighting in the acquisition of a second language: Evidence from Greek speakers of English. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. Volume 125, Issue 4, pp. 2764-2764.

Book Chapters

  • Giannakopoulou, A. (2004). 'Passive Voice in Translation of English Into Greek: a Case Study Based on 9/11 by Chomsky, N (2001) and its Greek Translation,' In: Working Papers in English and Applied Linguistics, 2004, Vol. 10, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, Great Britain. 
  • Giannakopoulou, A. (2003). 'Prototype Theory: An Evaluation,' in ECLOGA Working Papers, Vol. 3. Online version

Books

  • Giannakopoulou, A. (2003) Book Translation (from English into Greek) of P. Jeffery's book Salvation Exposed, Pergamos Publications, Athens. 152pp.

Recent Conference Presentations

  • Davis, M.H, Evans, S., McCarthy, K., Giannakopoulou, A., Evans, L., Taylor, J.S.H. (2014). Lifespan learning of speech perception in native and non-native listeners. EPS Kent Meeting 15-17 April 2014, University of Kent.
  • Davis, M.H, Evans, S., McCarthy, K., Giannakopoulou, A., Evans, L., Taylor, J.S.H. (2014). Lifespan learning of speech perception in first and second language listeners. LSCD 2014: Workshop on Late Stages in Speech and Communication Development, University College London.
  • Giannakopoulou, A., Uther, M., Ylinen S. (2010). Phonetic cue-weighting in the acquisition of a second language (L2): evidence from Greek speakers of English. Proceedings of the Sixth International Symposium on the Acquisition of Second Language Speech. New Sounds 2010. Poznan.
  • Giannakopoulou, A., Uther, M., Wydell, T., Ylinen, S. (2009). Examining the Phonetic cue-weighting in L2 acquisition of English by Greek speakers. British Association of Cognitive Neuroscience Annual Conference Proceedings, UCL, Institute of Child Health.
  • Giannakopoulou, A., Uther, M., Ylinen, S. (2009). Phonetic cue-weighting in L2 acquisition: Evidence from Greek speakers of English. Neurobilingualism: Bilingual functioning from infancy to adulthood Conference Proceedings. Bangor University, Wales, UK.
  • Giannakopoulou, A., Uther, M., Ylinen, S. (2009). Cue-weighting in L2 acquisition. Cross-language Speech Perception Workshop Proceedings, 157th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America. Portland, USA.
  • Giannakopoulou, A., Uther, M., Wydell, T., Ylinen, S., Williams, J. (2008). Perception and production of native versus non-native sound categories. Neuropsychology and Neuroscience Proceedings, University of Reading, UK.

Contact Details

Dr Anastasia Giannakopoulou

School of Psychology
University of Bedfordshire
University Square
Luton
Bedfordshire
LU1 3JU
E: anastasia.giannakopoulou@beds.ac.uk

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