Head, Principle Investigator
(Head) Professor Caroline Floccia (personal)
Caroline is a PhD graduate from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Science Sociales in Paris, and is the founder of the Plymouth Babylab in 2006. She is mainly interested in the early stages of language acquisition, from speech perception to the lexicon.


Lab Manager
Anna Caunt
Miss Anna Caunt is a Teaching and Research Associate and PhD student under the supervision of Dr Rana Abu-Zhaya. Her research focuses on bilingual infant input and the effect it has on language development. She is interested in non-WEIRD language environments, code-switching and bilingual acquisition and development.


Dr Patricia Kanngiesser
Dr Patricia Kanngiesser is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology. Her research focuses on children’s social cognition and social development from a cross-cultural perspective. She is particularly interested in how children across the world learn social norms, how they cooperate, and what enables them to behave ethically. Her research also branches out into topics such as children’s reasoning about nature and into more applied areas such as refugee adolescents’ resilience and well-being.

Dr Allegra Cattani
Dr Allegra Cattani graduated at the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’ and completed her Ph.D. at the University of Genova. She worked at the National Research Council of Rome and at the Institute of Developmental Neurology, Psychiatry and Educational Psychology in Pisa. Then, Dr Allegra Cattani moved to the University of Plymouth in 1999. Her research expertise sits largely in early communication and language and its links to cognitive processes and perceptual and motor actions. She has always had enthusiasm in the developmental psychology of young children growing up in different languages and cultures, in particular how language experience (e.g. bimodal/bilingual languages) affects motor, cognitive and social abilities. She also has developed vocabulary test to screen the early word learning of English monolingual and bilingual toddlers.
Allegra is now a reader at the University La Sapienza in Rome, and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Plymouth.

Dr Alshaimaa Gaber Abdel Wahab
Dr Alshaimaa Gaber Abdel Wahab studied for her PhD at the University of Plymouth and she was awarded the Doctoral of Philosophy in 2020 in the topic of assessing language development in Arabic-speaking monolingual and bilingual toddlers. Her research interests focus on child and adult language acquisition, bilingual acquisition, dialects and accents processing.


Darya Klymenko
Darya is a PhD student on a 1+3 programme funded by ESRC and the SWDTP. She is interested in how exposure to speech variability influences language acquisition in infants. Her PhD will focus on the comparison between infants who grow up in families where both parents speak with the same accent, and families where parents have different accents. Her current Masters project investigates whether regional and foreign accents activate different brain networks, under the supervision of Prof Caroline Floccia.

Alvise Rogers
Alvise is a Teaching and Research Associate (TARA) and PhD student under the supervision of Professor Caroline Floccia. His interests mostly lie within the field of infant psycholinguistics and bilingualism. His research specifically focuses on psycholinguistic biases arising in Italian, French, and English infants.


   Dr Chi-hsin (Esther) Chen
   Dr Delphine Nguyen
   Dr Paul Ratnage
   Dr Rana Abu-Zhaya
   Dr Nadine Fitzpatrick
   Dr Michaela Gummerum
   Dr Marina Wimmer
   Dr Laurence White
   Jacqueline Turner
   Dr Bazah Almubark
   Dr Samantha Durrant
   Dr Claire Delle Luche
   Dr Belen Lopez Perez
   Dr Beata Grzyb
   Dr Hester Duffy
   Dr Joseph Butler
   Dr Rafalla Farag
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