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 Dr Stephen Cowley

School of Psychology
University of Hertfordshire
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Stephen Cowley is a Senior Lecturer in Developmental Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom and an Honourary Research Fellow at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Having obtained a Cambridge degree in English (1978), he taught in Italy, Sweden and Kosova. In the latter environment, his struggle to learn Albanian spurred him to build on his amaeur interest in languages by taking an MA in Linguistics at the University of Leeds in 1985. Later, this was followed by a PhD in Linguistics from Cambridge (1989-1993). After that, he lectured at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in the Departments of both Linguistics (1996–1999) and Psychology (2000-2003). More recently, he returned to the UK to a post in Social and Developmental Psychology at the University of Bradford. In 2004, he took up a Senior Lectureship at Hertfordshire.

Since 2000, he has worked on how cognitive dynamics affect interaction and development. In psychology, this has led to empirical focuses on interactions between both caregiver-infant dyads and human-robot ones. At a theoretical level, he is a leading advocate of the distributed view of language.


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