Nuria Sebastian Galles

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Short Bio

I received my PhD in Experimental Psychology at the University of Barcelona in 1986. After Post-doctoral training at the Max Plank Institute and the LSCP-CNRS in Paris, I was appointed as Associate Professor at the Faculty of Psychology (University of Barcelona) in 1988, where I was promoted to Full Professor in 2002. In 2009 I moved to the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. I have been Visiting Scholar at several research Centers, including the IRCS at Univ. of Pennsylvania, the ICN at the Univ. College (London) and the University of Chicago (in 2010). I have received international recognition as shown by a James S. McDonnell Foundation Award (“Bridging Mind, Brain and Behavior” Program) in 2001 and giving the Nijmegen Lectures in 2005. In 2009 and in 2013 I have been awarded the ICREA Academia Prize established by the Catalan Government. I was member of the advisory group of the “Brain and Learning” initiative of the OECD from 2002 to 2006. In 2016 I was elected as a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy. I was vice-president of the Scientific Council of the European Research Council from 2014-2016.

I lead the SAP Research Group (Speech Acquisition and Perception) at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra.

I have coordinated a Consolider-Ingenio 2010 research consortium investigating Bilingualism and Cognitive Neuroscience (BRAINGLOT). One of my current research projects is an ERC Advanced Grant (Under Control) investigating the relationship between attention and language development.

I have authored over 90 publications in international journals (including Science, PNAS, The Journal of Neuroscience, among others). I was Associate Editor of Developmental Science (2005-2013). I am Associate Editor of Language Learning Development (2013-), Editor of the Cognitive Neuroscience Series of Language Learning and member of numerous editorial boards including Bilingualism, Language and Cognition and Trends in Neuroscience and Education.


Here you can find a list of my journal publications and citation metrics:




Bilingualism and early language learning, Sebastian-Galles, Nuria , Architectures and Mechanisms of Language Processing - AMLaP 2017, September 7-9 20, Lancaster (UK), (2017)
Bilinguals in the crib: The learning of two languages from birth, Sebastian-Galles, Nuria , XIII International Symposium of Psycholinguistics, 5-8 April 2017, Braga, (2017)
Who is the leader? How 18-month-olds infants link success with leadership, Bas, Jesus, and Sebastian-Galles Nuria , IX. Dubrovnik Conference on Cognitive Science Intuitive Sociologists: Representing Social Relations and Social Categories, (2017)
Parting the seas of languages: The beginning of bilinguals' language learning journey, Sebastian-Galles, Nuria , 42th Boston University Conference on Language Learning (42BUCLD), 11/2017, Boston, MA, USA, (2017)
Sensitivity to the principle of rationality guides infants' social preferences, Colomer, Marc, Bas Jesus, and Sebastian-Galles Nuria , IX. Dubrovnik Conference on Cognitive Science Intuitive Sociologists: Representing Social Relations and Social Categories, (2017)
Dividing seas of words: How bilingual input shapes early language acquisition, Sebastian-Galles, Nuria , 27th meeting of the European Second Language Association (EUROSLA 27), 30 August - 2 Se, Reading (UK), (2017)
Is the principle of rationality in infancy used to predict social affiliations?, Colomer, Marc, Bas Jesus, and Sebastian-Galles Nuria , BCCCD2017 Budapest CEU Conference on Cognitive Development 5-7 January 2017, 01/2017, Budapest (Hungary), (2017)