Nuria Sebastian Galles

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 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. At present I am member of the Scientific Council of the European Research Council.

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

I am the coordinator of a Consolider-Ingenio 2010 research consortium investigating Bilingualism and Cognitive Neuroscience (BRAINGLOT).

I have authored over 80 publications in international journals (including Science, PNAS, The Journal of Neuroscience, among others). I am currently Associate Editor of Developmental Science (2005-) and of Language Learning and Development (2013-). I am also 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 Speech Perception, Sebastian-Galles, Nuria, Diaz Begona, and Costa Albert , The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics, Oxford, (In Press)