Dr. Laura Diprossimo

Postdoctoral research associate
© Laura Diprossimo
Room 208
Fliednerstr. 21
48149 Münster
  • Curriculum Vitae


    Since 01/2024

    WiRe Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychology, University of Münster, Germany

    09/2023 - 11/2023

    Research Associate, Department of Psychology, Lancaster University, UK

    09/2020 – 08/2023

    Marie Curie Early-Stage Researcher (MSCA), Department of Psychology, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK

    01/2020 – 08/2020

    Research Associate, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany & Clinic for Cognitive Neurology, University Hospital Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany


    09/2020 – 11/2023

    Ph.D., Department of Psychology, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK

    09/2017 – 10/2019

    M.Sc. in Cognitive Science. Track: Cognitive Neuroscience. Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC), University of Trento, Italy

    10/2013 – 11/2016

    B.Sc. in Speech-Language Pathology. Department of Biomedical and Clinical Sciences, University of Milan, Italy

  • Research

    Developmental Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience

    • Infant and child language development (speech perception, vocalisations, word learning)
    • Contingencies, agency, and active learning in early development
    • Emergent literacy (shared book reading, scaffolding, educational technology)
    • Functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) to study neuro-cognitive processes
    • Open Science and Science Communication
  • Publications

    Journal articles (peer-reviewed)

    Diprossimo, L., Ushakova, A., Zoski, J., Gamble, H., Irey, R., & Cain, K. (2023). The associations between child and item characteristics, use of vocabulary scaffolds, and reading comprehension in a digital environment: insights from a big data approach. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 73, 102165. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cedpsych.2023.102165

    Science Communication and Outreach

    Diprossimo, L., Zavala Barreda. K., de Eccher, M., Janjic, P., Kalchhauser, T., Kamelabad, A. M., Sivridag, F., Tüchler, A. F., Urrea, A. U., Alves, R. A., Cain, K., Vulchanova, M. D., Coventry, R. K. (2023). Child Language Development in a Digital Ecology: Developing Guidelines for Caregivers and Educators. Poster presented at the International Congress on Evidence-Based Parenting Support (I-CEPS), 6 – 8 June, 2023, virtual.

    Diprossimo, L., (2023). Digital Childhood: Learning within New Media. Roundtable at the Academic Cultural Podium of the University of Amsterdam, SPUI25. Apr 18, 2023, Amsterdam, Netherlands. https://spui25.nl/programma/digital-childhoods-learning-within-new-media

    Diprossimo, L., & Cain, K. (2021). Shared book reading interventions to promote language development in children with Down Syndrome: where are we and where should we go? Talk presented at the Online Down Syndrome Research Forum, 2021, virtual.

  • Teaching

    • 2022 Introduction to Neuroscience (PSYCH112), B.Sc. Psychology, Lancaster University, UK
    • 2020 NIRS session, Neurocognitive Development, M.Sc. Early Childhood Research, Leipzig University, Germany