Before joining MMU, I was a Senior Research Associate in Psychology at Lancaster University in the Infancy and Early Childhood group, working within the ESRC International Centre of Language and Communication Development (LuCiD). Prior to this, I completed all my studies, including PhD in Psychology at the Laboratoire Psychologie de la Perception (CNRS, Paris), at Université Paris Descartes. During my PhD, I also spent a few months in Helsinki to collaborate with researchers in the Cognitive Brain Research Unit, University of Helsinki.
I am Lecturer in Educational Psychology in the school of CYES, and member of the ESRI. I have an established background in Neuropsychology and Cognitive Psychology and track record in research and teaching in the field. I am highly motivated and enthusiastic teacher aiming to deliver high-quality, student-focused teaching to the next generation of teachers or educational psychologists.
My research career is centered on cognitive development, social communication and language acquisition in typically developing monolingual and bilingual children. I view human language as unique in its multimodal nature (e.g. visual, auditory, motor) and in how it shapes our minds, especially during social communication.
Within the ESRI, my objectives aim to study language development and literacy in typically developing children and children presenting learning difficulties, through national and international collaborations. As tools, I will be employing behavioural and neuroimaging techniques.
10/2011 – 03/2015: PhD in Psychology
Université Paris Descartes, CNRS - Laboratoire Psychologie de la Perception
Project: Lexical-semantic system organization in the monolingual and bilingual developing brain.
09/2009 – 06/2011: MA Neuropsychology and Cognitive Psychology
Institut de Psychologie, Université Paris Descartes
MA year 2 Project: Cross-language semantic priming as measured by event-related brain potentials for French-English bilingual children.
MA year 1 Project: The effect of visual perception on the quadrupedal locomotion of newborn infants.
09/2006 – 06/2009: BA Psychology
Institut de Psychologie, Université Paris Descartes
June 2004: French Baccalauréat in Literature
Collège des Frères, Jaffa, Tel-Aviv, Israël
04/2015 – 12/2018: Senior Research Associate
Dept. of Psychology, Lancaster University
2010 – 2011: Neuropsychologist internship (300 hours) in Adult Neurology service
Hôpital Robert-Ballanger (Aulnay-sous-Bois, Île-de-France)
2009 – 2010: Neuropsychologist internship (200 hours) in Geriatric Psychiatry service
Hôpital Sainte-Anne (Paris 75014)
Arabic, Hebrew, French, English
Language development in monolingual and bilingual children
Word learning during infancy
Early social communication development
EGI and BioSemi recordings (NetStation and BESA for data analysis)
Near-Infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) recordings
Eye-tracking (Tobii & Eye-Link)
E-prime and MATLAB programming and analysis
Dr Pia Rämä: Research Scientist; Laboratoire Psychologie de la Perception, Université Paris Descartes, CNRS (UMR 8242), Paris, France.
Dr Alina Leminen: Adjunct Prof.; Cognitive Brain Research Unit, University of Helsinki, Finland.
ESRC LuCiD network - Lancaster University and University of Manchester.
Dr Ernesto Guerra and Dr Andrea Helo
Institute of Education and Centre for Advanced Research in Education, Universidad de Chile.
L. SIRRI, P. RÄMÄ (2019). Similar and distinct neural mechanisms underlying semantic priming in the languages of the French–Spanish bilingual children. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. 22(1), pp.93-102.
P. Rämä, L. Sirri, L. Goyet (2018). Event-related potentials associated with cognitive mechanisms underlying lexical-semantic processing in monolingual and bilingual 18-month-old children. Journal of Neurolinguistics. 47, pp.123-130.
L. Sirri, P. Rämä (2015). Cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying semantic priming during language acquisition. Journal of Neurolinguistics. 35, pp.1-12.
A. Helo, S. Pannasch, L. Sirri, P. Rämä (2014). The maturation of eye movement behavior: scene viewing characteristics in children and adults. Vision Res. 103, pp.83-91.
J. Fagard, L. Sirri, P. Rämä (2014). Effect of handedness on the occurrence of semantic N400 priming effect in 18- and 24-month-old children. Frontiers in Psychology. 5(APR),
P. Rämä, L. Sirri, J. Serres (2013). Development of lexical-semantic language system: N400 priming effect for spoken words in 18- and 24-month old children. Brain Lang. 125(1), pp.1-10.
2017: Member of the organizing committee for the 2nd Lancaster Conference on Infant and Early Child Development.
2017: Member of the organizing committee for the LuCiD mini-conference in Lancaster.
Sirri, L., Linnert, S., Reid, V., & Parise, E. (2018) Infant-directed speech enhances neural activity during face perception. XXI International Conference on Infant Studies. June 30th-July 3rd, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Sirri, L., Linnert, S., Guerra, E., Helo, A., Smith, E., Reid, V., & Parise, E. (2018) The effect of words and sounds on conceptual representations for preverbal infants. International Conference on Infant Studies. June 30th-July 3rd, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Sirri, L., Linnert, S., Reid, V., & Parise, E. (2018) Infant-directed speech enhances face processing. 3rd Lancaster Conference on Infant and early Child Development. 5th-7th September, Lancaster, UK
Sirri, L., Linnert, S., Reid, V., & Parise, E. (2018) Are words more efficient than sounds in activating conceptual representations? 3rd Lancaster Conference on Infant and early Child Development. 5th-7th September, Lancaster, UK
Sirri, L., Reid, V., & Parise, E. (2017) The effect of labels and associated sounds on object recognition.
14th International Congress for the Study of Child Language. 17-21 July, Lyon, France
2nd Lancaster Conference on Infant and early Child Development. 23-25 August, Lancaster, UK
Sirri, L., Reid, V., & Parise, E. (2016) The evocative power of words for 9-month-old infants. Lancaster Conference on Infant and early Child Development. 25-27 August 2016
Sirri, L., & Rämä, P. (2015) Two languages, one mind: Within language priming in French-Spanish bilingual children. Biennial Society of Research in Child Development. 19-21 March, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Sirri, L., & Rämä, P. (2014). SOA-dependent N400 priming effect in 18-month-old monolingual children. XIX Biennial International Conference on Infant Studies. 3-5 July, Berlin, Germany
Goyet, L., Sirri, L., & Rämä, P. (2014) ERP modulations in mono- and bilingual children: is the N400-like effect language dependent? VI Dubrovnik Conference on Cognitive Science “Language and Conceptual Development”. 22-24 May, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Helo, A., Sirri, L., & Rämä, P. (2013) Mechanisms of scene perception at different ages: The development of eye-movement control. 17th European Conference on Eye Movements. 11-16 August, Lund, Sweden
Sirri, L., Helo, A., & Rämä, P. (2013) Lexical-semantic language organization in monolingual developing brain. Biennial Society of Research in Child Development. 18-20 April, Seattle, Washington (USA)
Sirri, L., & Rämä, P. (2012) Auditory lexical-semantic priming in mono- and bilingual infants as measured by ERPs. Bilingualism Summer School, Bangor University. 16-21 July, Bangor, UK
Rämä, P., & Sirri, L. (2011). Translation priming and cross-language semantic priming in bilingual infants. Aix-en-Provence Workshop on Bilingualism, Neurolinguistic and Psycholinguistic perspectives. 12-14 September, Aix-en-Provence, France
Diploma of Psychology (June 2011); Université Paris Descartes and the French Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research. French accreditation as psychologist specializing in neuropsychology and cognitive psychology, trained in adult neurology and geriatric psychiatry.
PhD grant from the French Ministry of National Education, Higher Education, and Research (October 2011 – October 2014).
Travel Award from the LuCiD centre (October 2018) for three-week research visit at the Cognitive Brain Research Unit (CBRU) Helsinki, Finland.
Travel Award from the Research group of “Neuroscience Cognitive du Développement” (CNRS – Paris) for the International Conference on Infant Studies, July 2014, Berlin, Germany.
Mobility Scholarship from the Université Paris Descartes (Institut de Formation Doctorale) to conduct 4-month project (May – Aug 2013) in collaboration with Dr Alina Leminen at the Cognitive Brain Research Unit (CBRU), Helsinki, Finland.
Travel Award from the Research group of “Neuroscience Cognitive du Développement” (CNRS – Paris) for the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), April 2013, Seattle, Washington, USA.
Travel Award from the Research group of “Neuroscience Cognitive du Développement” (CNRS – Paris) for the Bilingualism Summer School in Bangor University (UK; 16- to 21st of July 2012).