Barbara Piotrowska

Barbara Piotrowska

Dr Barbara Piotrowska

Lecturer

Biography

I am a full-time Lecturer in Psychology, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society, and a member of their Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Occupational Psychology Divisions.

I am an active researcher investigating various aspects of developmental dyslexia. My primary research is looking into the investigation of the early indicators of developmental dyslexia, particularly in pre-reading children, in order indicate risk and provide those at risk with early interventions. I look at a range of cognitive, language, phonological and motor tasks and their predictive potential. I have also investigated the visual aspects of dyslexia by looking at low- and high-level visual processes using psychophysics. Recently, I have extended my research into the role of primary school teachers and exploring the accuracy of their dyslexia risk judgements drawing on the area of decision making as well as into the implications of neurodiversity in work environment.

I teach on modules that are related to my research interests, such as Educational Psychology and Lifespan Development. I am passionate about teaching research methods and currently contribute to the third-year module on quantitative and qualitative methods. Recently, I’ve been exploring the field of Occupational Psychology and I’m currently doing MSc in University of Leicester in this area. I am a module leader for the Organisational Psychology module, delivered both in the UK and Hong Kong.

If you would like to contact me about working together, speaking at an event, or about potential PhD supervision opportunities, please email me at B.Piotrowska@napier.ac.uk.

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7 results

Bilingualism: The foreign language effect does not extend to rational decision making

Journal Article
Curley, L., Carruthers, L., & Piotrowska, B. (in press)
Bilingualism: The foreign language effect does not extend to rational decision making. Journal of Articles in Support of the Null Hypothesis,
This research investigated if the foreign language effect extended to rationality. Four groups (English speaking monolingual group; Polish speaking monolingual group; Bilingua...

Beyond the global motion deficit hypothesis of developmental dyslexia: a cross-sectional study of visual, cognitive, and socio-economic factors influencing reading ability in children

Journal Article
Piotrowska, B., & Willis, A. (2019)
Beyond the global motion deficit hypothesis of developmental dyslexia: a cross-sectional study of visual, cognitive, and socio-economic factors influencing reading ability in children. Vision Research, 159, 48-60. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.visres.2019.03.007
Although primarily conceptualized as a disorder of phonological awareness, developmental dyslexia is often associated with broader problems perceiving and attending to transie...

Investigating the performance and underlying mechanisms of a novel screening measure for developmental dyslexia: Implications for early identification

Thesis
Piotrowska, B. Investigating the performance and underlying mechanisms of a novel screening measure for developmental dyslexia: Implications for early identification. (Thesis)
Edinburgh Napier University. Retrieved from http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/Output/1253563
Developmental dyslexia is a common disorder affecting around 10% of the British population characterized by difficulties with reading despite adequate intelligence and educati...

Investigation of visual aspects of developmental dyslexia in children

Journal Article
Piotrowska, B., Murray, J., Willis, A., & Kerridge, J. (2017)
Investigation of visual aspects of developmental dyslexia in children. Journal of Vision, 17(10), 640. https://doi.org/10.1167/17.10.640
Developmental dyslexia is a disorder characterised by difficulties with reading, despite adequate intelligence and education. Phonological deficits are often indicated as the ...

Visual-Spatial-Motor Performance may predict reading difficulties in children and adults: Preliminary Findings from a Longitudinal Study of Young, Pre-Reading Children

Journal Article
Piotrowska, B., & Willis, A. (2014)
Visual-Spatial-Motor Performance may predict reading difficulties in children and adults: Preliminary Findings from a Longitudinal Study of Young, Pre-Reading Children. The Dyslexia Review Journal, 15-19

Performance on a tablet-based visual-spatial-motor task is compromised in adults and children with dyslexia: implications for the development of a novel screening tool.

Conference Proceeding
Willis, A., Piotrowska, B., Bannach-Brown, A., MacLean, R. D. J. & Kerridge, J. (2014)
Performance on a tablet-based visual-spatial-motor task is compromised in adults and children with dyslexia: implications for the development of a novel screening tool
Many adults and children with dyslexia also have problems with lower-level sensory, attentional, or motor tasks. In particular, there may be problems with auditory processing1...

Visual-spatial-motor integration in a cross-section of primary-aged children: implications for assessing risk of Dyslexia.

Conference Proceeding
Piotrowska, B., Willis, A., MacLean, R., Murray, J. & Kerridge, J. (2014)
Visual-spatial-motor integration in a cross-section of primary-aged children: implications for assessing risk of Dyslexia. In Proceedings European Conference on Visual Perception ECVP 2015
Dyslexia is a common condition characterized by difficulties with reading and writing despite adequate intelligence, education and motivation. Many individuals with dyslexia a...

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