Athanasios Protopapas

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  • Doctor of Philosophy in Cognitive Science, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA, 1997
  • Master of Science in Engineering, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA, 1995.
  • Master of Science in Cognitive Science, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA, 1993.
  • University degree, Department of Physics, University of Patras, Greece, 1991.

Postdoctoral employment

  • Professor, Department of Special Needs Education, University of Oslo, since August 2016.
  • Associate Professor of Cognitive Science, Department of Philosophy and History of Science, University of Athens, Greece, June 2010–July 2016.
  • Principal Researcher, Institute for Language & Speech Processing. September 2000–June 2010.
  • Visiting research scholar, Department of Cognitive & Neural Systems, Boston University. May–July 2005.
  • Visiting research scholar, LRDC, Department of Psychology, University of Pittsburgh. February–April 2005.
  • Software development consultant, Neuroscience Solutions Corporation (now PositScience corporation; San Francisco, California, USA). January–July 2004.
  • Postdoctoral fellow, Institute for Language & Speech Processing. February 1999–August 2000.
  • Research consultant, Scientific Learning Corporation (Berkeley, California, USA). January–December 1999.
  • Operations Manager, Scientific Learning Corporation, May 1997–March 1998.
  • Research scientist, Scientific Learning Corporation, July 1996–December 1998.

Teaching experience

Current research interests

I am primarily interested in understanding the development and cognitive mechanisms of word reading fluency, focusing on topics such as:

  • rapid serial naming tasks as models of fluency
  • implicit orthographic learning and visual word recognition
  • cognitive skills specifically underlying fluent reading
  • simultaneous cascaded processing of multiple elements in reading words and lists
  • the eye-voice span and other eye-tracking measures as indexes of fluency
  • lexical, sublexical, and practice effects on visual word recognition and lexical access
  • relationships of word reading fluency with decoding and text comprehension

I am also interested in methodological issues including experimental design in behavioral, neuroimaging, and eye-tracking studies, statistical modeling and data analysis, measurement, and psychoeducational assessment, including psychometrics and computerized testing.

Professional affiliations

  • Current member of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading (since 2005; voting member since 2007; board member 2011–2013) and Fellow of the Psychonomic Society (since 2018)
  • Previously member of the American Psychological Association (1998–2018), and the Cognitive Science Society (1998–2018).
  • Associate Editor of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance (since 2019) and PLOS One (since 2019).
  • Member of the editorial board of Scientific Studies of Reading (since 2010) and Reading &Writing (since 2013).


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