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Michael S.C. Thomas Birkbeck College, University of London, UK

Michael S.C. Thomas is a Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK. He received a B.Sc. in psychology from the University of Exeter, an M.Sc. in cognitive science from the University of Birmingham, and a D. Phil. in experimental psychology (on behavioural and computational studies of bilingualism) from the University of Oxford. His research focuses on language and cognitive development, and specifically on neurocomputational explanations of the cognitive variability seen in typical children and in children with developmental disorders. His research employs behavioural methods, brain imaging, and computational modelling. He has been working in the field of developmental disorders for 15 years, and has published two books and over 50 scientific articles. He was part of a research team that was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education in 2006. He is director of the Developmental Neurocognition Laboratory in the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, and Director of the Centre for Educational Neuroscience, a tri-institutional collaboration between UCL, Institute of Education and Birkbeck College which has the mission of building translational links between  neuroscience and education.