Department of Psychology
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
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.
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.