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Professor Taeko Wydell
Emeritus Professor


Having completed my ESRC funded PhD in 1991 as a mature student, I worked on my research as a MRC Post-Doc Research Fellow at UCL until 1994. In 1994 I was the first psychologist to be awarded a four-year (1994-1998) Wellcome Trust Research Career Development Fellowship at UCL. While I was at UCL, I taught Intercalated Medical Students who completed their BSc in Psychology within a year. I was then offered a lectureship at Brunel in 1995, and was promoted to professor of cognitive neuroscience in 2004.  I was the Head of Psychology twice, in total 10 years – 2004-2008 as the Head of the Department of Psychology, School of Social Sciences, and 2012-2018 (2012-2014: Head of the Department of Psychology (SSS) & 2014-2018: Divisional Lead in Psychology, Department of Life Sciences, College of Health and Life Sciences (now College of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences).  I was a Local GroupRepresentative (LGR) of the British Neuroscience Association (BNA) from 2014-2023.  I am a member of the editorial board of Dyslexia.

I was an EU Invited Scientist to Helsinki University of Technology (2000-2003) conducting MEG research. I have several international collaborations (e.g. Australia, China, Finland, France, Japan, etc).



  • PhD Psychology (London)
  • BA (Hons) Psychology (Middlesex)

Newest selected publications

Meng, ZL., Wydell, TN. and Bi, HY. (2018) 'Visual-motor integration and reading Chinese in children with/without dyslexia'. Reading and Writing, 32 (493). pp. 1 - 18. ISSN: 1573-0905 Open Access Link

Journal article

Wang, J., Wydell, TN., Zhang, L., Quan, W., Tian, J., Liu, J. and et al. (2017) 'The underlying mechanism of deficits of speech comprehension and hallucinations in Chinese patients with schizophrenia'. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 97 (February 2018). pp. 16 - 21. ISSN: 0022-3956

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Kuhn, L., Wydell, T., Lavan, N., McGettigan, C. and Garrido, L. (2017) 'Similar representations of emotions across faces and voices'. Emotion, 17 (6). pp. 912 - 937. ISSN: 1528-3542 Open Access Link

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Ijuin, M. and Wydell, TN. (2017) 'A Reading Model from the Perspective of Japanese Orthography: Connectionist Approach to the Hypothesis of Granularity and Transparency'. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 51 (5). pp. 490 - 498. ISSN: 0022-2194 Open Access Link

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Wydell, TN. (2017) 'Teaching Children with Reading Difficulties in Different Language Systems'. Japanese Journal of Learning Disabilities, 26 (2). pp. 176 - 179. ISSN: 1346-5716 Open Access Link

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