Dr Margriet Groen

Senior Lecturer

Research Overview

In my research, I have investigated individual differences in language and literacy development in typically and atypically developing children. The latter includes children with dyslexia, developmental language disorder, hearing impairments or Down syndrome. A central question in my research has been how perception and motor skills contribute to the development of speech sound representations needed to successfully learn to read. Specifically, we investigated the contribution of audiovisual (speech) processing and sensorimotor control to individual differences in speech sound processing and reading. In a second line of research, I contributed to the development of the technique of functional Transcranial Doppler Ultrasonography as a direct measure of lateralisation of cognitive functions. In future work, I am aiming to bring these two research lines together.