Jolanta Golan

Jolanta Golan

Lecturer

Department of Professional Psychology , School of Psychology

Jolanta's multidisciplinary research merges education, research and practical applications from across developmental neuroscience, neuropsychology and neurolinguistics to facilitate language development and improve the wellbeing of children and young adults.

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OVERVIEW

As a Lecturer in Research Methods and Dissertation on MSc in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology, Jolanta's module supports students as they set out on their research journey. Ultimately, MSc projects are conducted under the guidance and expertise of a team of research supervisors, led by Jolanta.

Her other duties involve delivering lectures, managing materials and assessments on Moodle, liaising with the Programme Leader and Head of School and working with a team of lecturers in providing the quality standard service to students.

Jolanta's multidisciplinary research merges education, research and practical applications from across developmental neuroscience, neuropsychology and neurolinguistics to facilitate language development and improve the wellbeing of children and young adults.

The focus of her PhD at UEL BabyDev Lab was the neural correlates of speech processing in infants and children from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. The project involved the use of electroencephalography, eye-tracking and behavioural measures. Based on its findings, the neural network in the brain has been found to be closely linked to language and more broadly auditory development between infancy and primary school age. Currently, her research interests lie in implementing positive psychology strategies to facilitate achieving their full developmental potential.

CURRENT RESEARCH

Manuscripts

  • Golan, J., Daubney, K., Ballieux, H., Tomalski, P., George, R., Vitkovitch, M., Moore, D.G., & Kushnerenko, E. (in prep). Predicting language development up to five years from speech perception in infancy.
  • Golan, J., George, R., Vitkovitch, M., Moore, D.G., & Kushnerenko, E.(in prep).The use of auditory evoked potentials is assessing speech processing in infants.
  • Golan, J., George, R., Vitkovitch, M., Moore, D.G., & Kushnerenko, E.(in prep). Speech processing and audiovisual speech integration in infancy.
  • Golan, J., George, R., Vitkovitch, M., Moore, D.G., & Kushnerenko, E.(in prep). Speech processing in complex auditory environment.
  • D'Souza, H., Golan, J., Bremner, A. J., & Karmiloff-Smith, A. (in prep). Broad tuning and developmental specialization of the motor system in infants and toddlers with Down syndrome.
  • D'Souza, H., Golan, J., Karmiloff-Smith, A., & Bremner, A. J. (in prep). Extraneous movements are related to intermanual coordination in 12-month-olds. Bermingham, R. (2020). Life beyond COVID-19: What are experts concerned about? https://post.parliament.uk/life-beyond-covid-19-what-are-experts-concerned-about/
  • Golan, J. (2017). What you don't know about developmental research. PsyPAG Quarterly, 104(Sept), 39- 41.
  • Richards, A., Hannon, E. M., Vohra, S. I., & Golan, J. (2014). Tales of the unexpected: Attentional awareness, goal relevance, and prior exposure to an unexpected change. Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice, 1(3), 284-291. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/cns0000021

Talks

  • D'Souza, H., Golan, J., Cowie, D., Karmiloff-Smith, A., & Bremner, A. (2017, September). Specialization of the motor system in infancy: From broad tuning to selectively specialized purposeful actions. Talk presented at the British Psychological Society Developmental Psychology Section Conference 2017, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK.
  • D'Souza, H., Golan, J., Cowie, D., Karmiloff-Smith, A., & Bremner, A. (2017, July). Specialization of the motor system in infancy: From broad tuning to selectively specialized purposeful actions. Talk presented at the EPS Conference 2017: Accelerating the Impact of Research into Sensorimotor Learning, Leeds, UK.
  • Golan, J., Ciavarella, I., George, R., Vitkovitch, M., Moore, D.G., & Kushnerenko, E.(2017, June). Speech processing in noisy environment. Oral presentation at The Workshop on Infant Language Development, Bilbao, Spain.
  • Golan, J., Ciavarella, I., George, R., Vitkovitch, M., Moore, D.G., & Kushnerenko, E.(2017, June). Before ‘cocktail party effect': how infants process speech and nonspeech sounds in complex auditory environment. Oral presentation at University of East London School of Psychology Research & Civic Engagement Day, London, United Kingdom.
  • D'Souza, H., Golan, J., Bremner, A. & Karmiloff-Smith, A. (2016, June). Developmental specialization of the motor system in infants and toddlers with Down syndrome. Talk presented at the Neurodevelopmental Disorders Seminar Series, UCL Institute of Education, London, UK.

Posters

  • Golan, J., Singa, M., George, R., Vitkovitch, M., Moore, D.G., & Kushnerenko, E.(2017, November). Infants process speech sounds in complex auditory environment. Poster presented at University College London Otto Wolff Developmental Neuroscience Symposium, United Kingdom.
  • Golan, J., Zielinski, J., George, R., Vitkovitch, M., Moore, D.G., & Kushnerenko, E.(2017, August). Speech processing in complex auditory environment in 5- to 9-month-old infants. Poster presented at the 2nd Lancaster Conference on Infant and Early Child Development, United Kingdom.
  • D'Souza, H., Golan, J., Bremner, A. & Karmiloff-Smith, A. (2017, June). Delayed developmental specialization of the motor system in infants and toddlers with Down syndrome. Poster presented at the 2nd International Conference of the Trisomy 21 Research Society, Chicago, USA.
  • Golan, J., Barnes, L., George, R., Vitkovitch, M., Moore, D.G., & Kushnerenko, E.(2016, September). Speech processing and speech perception in pre-speech production phase of development. Poster presented at British Psychological Society Developmental Section, Belfast, United Kingdom.
  • D'Souza, H., Golan, J., Bremner, A., & Karmiloff-Smith, A. (2016, Aug-Sept). Broad tuning and developmental specialization of the motor system in typically and atypically developing infants and toddlers. Poster presented at the 'Early experience and sensitive periods in development' Summer School, International School of Neuroscience, The Ettore Majorana Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture, Erice, Italy.
  • D'Souza, H., Golan, J., Bremner, A. & Karmiloff-Smith, A. (2016, May). Broad tuning and developmental specialization of the motor system in infants and toddlers with Down syndrome. Poster in the poster symposium presented at the XX Biennial International Conference on Infant Studies, New Orleans, USA.