Department of Psychology


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Dr Eszter Somogyi

  • Qualifications: PhD in Cognitive Development
  • Role Title: Lecturer
  • Address: University of Portsmouth, King Henry Building, King Henry 1st Street, Portsmouth, PO1 2DY
  • Telephone: 023 92 846321
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  • Department: Psychology
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


I studied Health Psychology at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary. I completed my PhD at the Paris Descartes University in 2007, exploring the sociocognitive development of children with autism spectrum disorders. I then worked as an assistant professor at the Eötvös Loránd University. In 2012, I obtained the ‘Research in Paris’ award which allowed me to join the Psychology of Perception Laboratory at the Paris Descartes University, where I have been working for the past five years. For most of this time, I was also employed as part-time lecturer at Paris West–Nanterre University. I joined the Department of Psychology here at Portsmouth in September 2017. 

Teaching Responsibilities

I am currently unit coordinator for the Psychology of Everyday Life unit, and a lecturer for the Contemporary Issues in Psychology unit.


Part of my research investigated the development of social learning in infants and toddlers (attributing intentions to human and non-human/robotic agents; contextual/emotional factors influencing social learning).
I am also interested in motor development and how motor skills training (postural/tactile training) may influence cognitive abilities. One of my current projects explores how tactile training/massage may influence infants’ knowledge about their own bodies.

My third research interest focuses on prosocial development in pre-schoolers, looking at the factors that influence helping behaviours (language/ethnic appearance of the partner) and how cooperation can be promoted in classrooms.



Research profile

Explore my research profile, publications and activities on the Portsmouth Research Portal

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