Hendon Town Hall, Committee Room 3, Middlesex University, the Burroughs, London, NW4 4BT
Dr Kostas Papageorgiou (Queen's University Belfast) will present: Eyes are the Window to the Future Soul: Predicting individual differences in children's temperament and behaviour from the first day of their lives.
Individual differences in infants’ visual attention have been associated with individual variation in cognitive and psychological traits in childhood.
However, it has not been explored the degree to which individual variation in visual attention at birth, associates with individual differences in some forms of temperament and behaviour in childhood.
Furthermore, little is known about the genetic causes of individual differences on newborn and infant visual attention.
In this talk, Dr Kostas Papageorgiou will present findings from three studies that explored:
(1)the degree to which individual differences in infants’ mean fixation duration are associated with some forms of temperament and behaviour in childhood;
(2) whether individual differences in newborns’ average dwell time are associated with some forms of temperament and behaviour in childhood;
(3) the degree to which genome-wide variants previously found to increase the liability for ADHD and schizophrenia are associated with infants’ mean fixation duration and newborns’ average dwell time.
Dr Papageorgiou adopts an interdisciplinary approach in his research, combining diverse disciplines, including cognitive and developmental neuroscience, personality assessment and genetics.
In 2011, he was awarded a European Marie Curie fellowship, which gave him the opportunity to pursue a PhD (2011-2015) at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck University of London.
His PhD research investigated the genetic makeup of the attentional system in infancy and its association with temperament and symptoms of psychopathology throughout childhood.
He is now a lecturer in Developmental Psychopathology at Queen’s University Belfast (since September 2016) and an Associate Professor, Chair of Personality Psychology at Tomsk State University in Russia.