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Professor Christopher Jarrold

Professor Christopher Jarrold

Professor Christopher Jarrold
MA(Cantab), PhD(Sheff)

Professor in Cognitive Development and Head of School

Area of research

Cognitive development

Office 1D24
The Priory Road Complex,
Priory Road, Clifton BS8 1TU
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 928 8569

Research summary

My research focuses on children’s cognitive development, and particularly on the processes that underpin goal-directed behaviour and the maintenance of information in immediate memory. These abilities in turn affect children’s control of behaviour, and aspects of their language learning and educational attainment. Although my work is grounded in a detailed understanding of typical development, much of it is applied to developmental conditions including autism, Down syndrome, and Williams syndrome, and consequently it has both educational and clinical relevance.

Recent and current grants

• Jarrold C. & Van ‘t Wout, F. ‘The development of procedural working memory’. Leverhulme Trust Project Grant ...

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Biography

I completed a degree in Cambridge in 1990, followed by a Ph.D. on pretend play in autism in Sheffield, and then a post-doctoral position in Cambridge working on executive control in autism. I came to Bristol in 1996. I was Honorary Secretary of the Experimental Psychology Society from 2007 to 2010, and am a core member of the Bristol Autism Research Group. In 2000 I received the British Psychological Society’s Neil O’Connor Award for research in developmental disabilities, and in 2015 I was elected as the winner of the Experimental Psychology Society's 14th Mid Career Award.

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Recent publications

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