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Caspar Addyman

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PositionLecturer in Psychology
Department Psychology
Email c.addyman (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7896 2788
Caspar Addyman

I am developmental psychologist interested in learning, laughter and behaviour change. The majority of my research is with babies. Studying how babies make sense of the world is one of the best ways to understand our adult abilities. I have investigated how we acquire our first concepts, the statistical processes that help us get started with learning language and where our sense of time comes from. I also investigate why babies laugh so much because wouldn’t you if you could?

To explain the mechanisms of learning I often build neural network models that try to mimic the way we learn. With colleagues, I have developed a model of sequence learning and another model of time perception. I am also interested in smartphones can change behaviour (for the better or worse) and how meditation works.

I am also a passionate advocate for Open Science. Scientific research is usually paid for by the public and I believe scientists have a duty to share everything we do.

I am a member of Goldsmiths InfantLab.

Academic qualifications

2015 – Lecturer - Goldsmiths
2011 – Postdoc - Birkbeck
2010 - Postdoc, University of Burgundy
2009 – PhD Psychology, Birkbeck, University of London
2005 – BSc Psychology, Birkbeck, University of London
1996 – BA Mathematics, University of Cambridge 

 

Teaching and Supervison

  • BSc Year 1 – Deputy Senior Tutor 
  • BSc Year 1 – PS51007B  Information Processing and Cognition Course coordinator https://learn.gold.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=4126
  • BSc Year 2 – PS52007B Research Methods in Psychology https://learn.gold.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=4119 
  • BSc project supervision – I would be happy to supervise projects in cognitive psychology, child development, meditation and mindfulness or behaviour change in health
  • MSc project supervision – As above  
  • Potential PhD students should see my research interests below.

Students can my availability and book an appointment here: http://doodle.com/caddyman

 

On the web

 

Grants & Awards

2016 – British Academy Rising Star Engagement Awards (£10,500)

2016 – Research consultancy for Proctor & Gamble, UK & US (£33,000) 

2015 – Research consultancy for Proctor & Gamble, Latin America (£7,500) 

2013 - NHS Enterprise East Strategic Business Research Initiative (SBRI) Parkinson Disease medications management innovation contract Phase 2. Scientific lead on commercial funding to uMotif Ltd. (£494,000)

2012 - NHS Enterprise East Strategic Business Research Initiative (SBRI) Parkinson Disease medications management innovation contract (£74,500)

2011 - Birkbeck School of Sciences, seed funding for commercial development of smartphone research (£6,000)

2011 - Grounding early time perception in infant motor-activity, Joint ESRC (UK) & ANR (France), PI's Prof. Mareschal (Birkbeck), Prof. French & Dr. Thomas (Burgundy) (UK ESRC-ORA RES-360-25-0056 €500,000)

 

In the News

My research has attracted widespread international press coverage and has been featured in The Independent, Daily Mail. La Vanguardia, , El Mundo. La Repubblica, China National News, The Times of India, Albuquerque Express, Toronto Telegraph, Pakistan Today, Cambodia Times Jagran Post Yahoo! Indonesia, Zimbabwe Star, Zee News & others

I have given many public lectures to a wide range of audiences and has “performed” in museums, theatres, pubs, schools and nurseries. Among the most enjoyable have been various collaborated with various theatre artists to bring his research to the stage in performance for both adults and babies. 

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 TV

Live TV interview for Canada TV breakfast show

Discovery Channel Daily Planet Do babies have a sense of time? 

Research Interests

I am a developmental psychologist specialising in learning in infancy. My key research aim is to explain how cognitive systems get built. I study babies in order to understand adults and seek to explain cognitive processes by looking carefully at their developmental foundations. I use a diverse range of behavioural methods including eyetracking, electromyography (EMG), motion capture and video games in order to generate rich multimodal datasets.

In parallel, I develop connectionist computational models that provide a principled quantitative framework to explain learning, behaviour and developmental change. I am interested in all aspects of early development but recently I have been investigating our sense of time and what science can learn from baby laughter. You can find out a lot more about that project at BabyLaughter.net 

I am a member of Goldsmiths InfantLab.

Publications

Book

Help Yourself
Addyman, Caspar. 2013. Help Yourself. Createspace. ISBN 1475199465

Book Section

Modelling developmental disorders
Thomas, Michael S C; Baughman, Frank D; Karaminis, Themis and Addyman, Caspar. 2013. Modelling developmental disorders. In: C Marshall, ed. Current issues in developmental disorders. Hove, East Sussex; New York, NY: Psychology Press, pp. 93-124.

Article

Embodiment and the origin of interval timing: kinematic and electromyographic data
Addyman, Caspar; Rocha, Sinead; Fautrelle, Lilian; French, Robert M.; Thomas, Elizabeth and Mareschal, Denis. 2016. Embodiment and the origin of interval timing: kinematic and electromyographic data. Experimental Brain Research, ISSN 0014-4819

Computational models of interval timing
Addyman, Caspar; French, Robert M and Thomas, Elizabeth. 2016. Computational models of interval timing. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 8, pp. 140-146. ISSN 23521546

Motor Activity Improves Temporal Expectancy
Fautrelle, Lilian; Mareschal, Denis; French, Robert; Addyman, Caspar and Thomas, Elizabeth. 2015. Motor Activity Improves Temporal Expectancy. PLOS ONE, 10(3), e0119187. ISSN 1932-6203

GAMIT - A Fading-Gaussian Activation Model of Interval-Timing: Unifying Prospective and Retrospective Time Estimation
French, Robert M.; Addyman, Caspar; Mareschal, Denis and Thomas, Elizabeth. 2014. GAMIT - A Fading-Gaussian Activation Model of Interval-Timing: Unifying Prospective and Retrospective Time Estimation. Timing & Time Perception, 1(2), pp. 1-17. ISSN 2213-445X

GAMIT-Net: Retrospective and prospective interval timing in a single neural network.
Addyman, Caspar and Mareschal, Denis. 2014. GAMIT-Net: Retrospective and prospective interval timing in a single neural network. Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, pp. 98-103.

Unifying Prospective and Retrospective Interval-time Estimation: A Fading-gaussian Activation-based Model of Interval-timing
French, Robert M.; Addyman, Caspar; Mareschal, Denis and Thomas, Elizabeth. 2014. Unifying Prospective and Retrospective Interval-time Estimation: A Fading-gaussian Activation-based Model of Interval-timing. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 126, pp. 141-150. ISSN 1877-0428

Mapping the Origins of Time : Scalar Errors in Infant Time Estimation
Addyman, Caspar; Rocha, Sinead and Mareschal, Denis. 2014. Mapping the Origins of Time : Scalar Errors in Infant Time Estimation. Developmental Psychology, 50(8), pp. 2030-2035. ISSN 0012-1649

The science of baby laughter
Addyman, Caspar and Addyman, Ishbel. 2013. The science of baby laughter. Comedy Studies, 4(2), pp. 143-153. ISSN 2040-610X

Local Redundancy Governs Infants' Spontaneous Orienting to Visual-Temporal Sequences
Addyman, Caspar and Mareschal, Denis. 2013. Local Redundancy Governs Infants' Spontaneous Orienting to Visual-Temporal Sequences. Child Development, 84(4), pp. 1137-1144. ISSN 0009-3920

Computational Modeling in Cognitive Science: A Manifesto for Change
Addyman, Caspar and French, Robert M.. 2012. Computational Modeling in Cognitive Science: A Manifesto for Change. Topics in Cognitive Science, 4(3), pp. 332-341. ISSN 1756-8757

TRACX: a recognition-based connectionist framework for sequence segmentation and chunk extraction.
French, Robert M.; Addyman, Caspar and Mareschal, Denis. 2011. TRACX: a recognition-based connectionist framework for sequence segmentation and chunk extraction. Psychological Review, 118(4), pp. 614-36. ISSN 0033-295X

Learning to perceive time : A connectionist , memory-decay model of the development of interval timing in infants
Addyman, Caspar; French, Robert M; Mareschal, Denis and Thomas, Elizabeth. 2011. Learning to perceive time : A connectionist , memory-decay model of the development of interval timing in infants. Proceedings of 33rd Conference of Cognitive Science Society, pp. 354-359.

The perceptual origins of the abstract same/different concept in human infants
Addyman, Caspar and Mareschal, Denis. 2010. The perceptual origins of the abstract same/different concept in human infants. Animal Cognition, 13(6), pp. 817-833. ISSN 1435-9448

Book review of Semantic Cognition, T. T. Rogers and J. L. McClelland, MIT Press
Addyman, Caspar and Mareschal, Denis. 2006. Book review of Semantic Cognition, T. T. Rogers and J. L. McClelland, MIT Press. Connection Science, 18(3), pp. 309-311. ISSN 0954-0091

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