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Dr Robin Litt

BA SCR, PhD/DPhil Oxon.

Robin Litt

Associate Investigator

Contact Details

Office : 3.404
Fax : +61 2 9850 6059
email : robin.litt@mq.edu.au

External Address

Department of Cognitive Science
Australian Hearing Hub
16 University Avenue
Macquarie University NSW 2109

Profile

My general research interests are in typical and atypical language and reading development. I am particularly interested in the cognitive and neural processes that underpin the acquisition of phonological and orthographic representations, and how children learn the mappings between the two. A related research interest is in expressive phonology deficits in dyslexia. My work in this area has focused on the acquisition of novel phonological representations, as well as the processes involved in the access and output of stored phonological representations during confrontation and serial rapid naming tasks.

External Appointments

  • Reviewer, Journal of Memory and Language. (2013 continuing)
  • Reviewer, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. (2013 continuing)
  • Reviewer, Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. (2012 continuing)

Grants Awarded

  • ARC CCD Neural Markers Training Scheme (2016) "Neural correlates of letter-sound integration in English adults with dyslexia." Litt, R., Yang, J., Li, Y., Byrne, B., Savage, G., Finkbeiner, M., Sowman, P., Castles, A., Kinoshita, S., Banales, E., & de Lissa, P. ($10,300)
  • Experimental Psychology Society Study Visit Grant (2013) Litt, R. ($2,174)
  • St. John’s College Special Grant (2013) For conference attendance. Litt, R. ($1,400)
  • Experimental Psychology Society Bursary (2013) For conference attendance. Litt, R. ($500)
  • Experimental Psychology Society Grindley Grant (2012) Litt, R. ($900)
  • Experimental Psychology Society Bursary (2012) For conference attendance. Litt, R. ($1,030)
  • Guarantors of Brain Travel Grant (2011) Litt, R. ($1,438)

Media Engagement

Selected Publications

Periodicals

  • Litt, R.A., & Nation, K. (2014). The nature and specificity of paired associate learning deficits in children with dyslexia. Journal of Memory and Language, 71(1), 71-88. [Link]
  • Litt, R.A., de Jong, P.F., van Bergen, E., & Nation, K. (2013). Dissociating crossmodal and verbal demands in paired associate learning (PAL): What drives the PAL-reading relationship? Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 115, 137-149.

Conference Presentations, Colloquia, and other presentations

  • Litt, R., Taylor, J., & Richlan, F. (2016, July). Adjudicating between theoretical accounts of left ventral occipitotemporal dysfunction in dyslexia: An fMRI study. Paper presented at the 23rd Annual Meeting Society for the Scientific Study of Reading (SSSR), University of Porto, Portugal.
  • Norton, E., & Litt, R. (2016, July). New insights into reading development and disorders from diverse brain imaging modalities. Symposium conducted at the 23rd Annual Meeting Society for the Scientific Study of Reading (SSSR), University of Porto, Portugal.
  • Litt, R. (2015, November). Task demand matters: Re-interpreting paired associate learning deficits in dyslexia. Paper presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Annual Workshop, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Litt, R., Castles, A., Wang, H.-C., Sailah, J., & Badcock, N. (2015, July). Task demand matters: Re-interpreting paired associate learning deficits in dyslexia. Paper presented at the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading (SSSR), Hawaii, USA.
  • Litt, R., Castles, A., Wang, H.-C., Sailah, J., & Badcock, N.A. (2015, April). Task demand matters: Re-interpreting paired associate learning deficits in dyslexia. Poster session presented at the Reading and Spelling: Development, Disorders and Remediation Conference, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Litt, R., Nation, K., Badcock, N.A., & Castles, A. (2015, April). Deconstructing paired associate learning deficits in children with dyslexia. Poster session presented at the 42nd Annual Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Sydney.
  • Litt, R., de Jong, P.F., Norton, E., & Nation, K. (2014, July). To repeat or not to repeat? The effect of item repetition on RAN performance and its relation with reading ability. Poster session presented at the 21st Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading Meeting (SSSR), Santa Fe, USA.
  • Litt, R., & Nation, K. (2013, July). Rethinking paired associate learning deficits in dyslexia: Consequences of crossmodal or verbal demands? Paper presented at the 20th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading Meeting (SSSR), Hong Kong.
  • Litt, R., & Nation, K. (2013, June). A child’s PAL: The role of crossmodal and verbal demands in paired associate learning. Poster session presented at the International Workshop On Reading and Developmental Dyslexia, San Sebastian, Spain.
  • Litt, R. (2013, May). Paired associate learning and reading development: What is the nature of the relationship? Invited colloquium at the Royal Holloway, University of London, London, UK.
  • Litt, R. (2012, November). An evidence-based guide to intervention for dyslexia: Where to put your resources and why. Invited presentation given at the Oxfordshire Dyslexia Association, Oxford, UK.
  • Litt, R., & Nation, K. (2012, August). What can a child’s PAL tell us about reading ability? Paper presented at the 2012 Summer School on Literacy Acquisition, Egmond aan Zee, The Netherlands.
  • Litt, R., de Jong, P.F., van Bergen, E., & Nation, K. (2012, July). A child’s PAL: What it tells us about reading ability and why. Paper presented at the Meeting of the Experimental Psychology Society, Bristol, UK.
  • Litt, R., de Jong, P.F., van Bergen, E., & Nation, K. (2012, July). Is a child's PAL an indicator of his reading ability? Dissociating the role of crossmodal and verbal demands in paired associate learning. Poster session presented at the , Montreal, Canada.
  • Litt, R. (2012, May). What drives the PAL–reading relationship? Evidence from typically developing children and children with dyslexia. Invited colloquium at the The Centre for Reading and Language, The University of York, York, UK.
  • Litt, R., Nation, K., & Watkins, K. (2011, September). What can your child’s PAL tell us about his reading ability? Paper presented at the 17th Meeting of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology: "Learning novel grammars, vocabularies and orthographies: Developmental and neural perspectives", San Sebastian, Spain.
  • Litt, R., Nation, K., & Watkins, K. (2011, July). Paired associate learning deficits in dyslexia: A reflection of association type or verbal task demands? Paper presented at the 18th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading (SSSR), St. Petersburg, USA.
  • Litt, R., Nation, K., & Watkins, K. (2011, June). An investigation of paired associate learning and its relation to reading ability in children with dyslexia. Poster session presented at the 8th British Dyslexia Association Conference, Harrogate, UK.
  • Litt, R., Nation K., & Watkins, K. (2010, July). Unimodal versus crossmodal paired associate learning in dyslexia. Poster session presented at the 17th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading (SSSR), Berlin, Germany.
  • Litt, R., Hartley, A., Malmberg, D., & Walker, S. (2009, April). Visual memory and dyslexia: An examination of spatial talents and symbolic impairments in children with dyslexia. Poster session presented at the Biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Denver, USA.
  • Litt, R., & Hartley, A. (2008, May). Examining visual memory in children with dyslexia. Paper presented at the UCLA Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference, Los Angeles, USA.
  • Litt, R., Hartley, A., & Malmberg, D. (2008, May). Symbolic memory deficits in children with dyslexia. Colloquium at the Mary Wig Johnson Senior Forum, Scripps College, Claremont.

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