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Dr Samuel Forbes

Assistant Professor

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Assistant Professor in the Department of PsychologyRH202 


About Me

I obtained my undergraduate degree in Japanese and Mandarin from the University of Tasmania in 2008, and my Master's degree in Applied Linguistics from Nanjing Normal University in 2013. I completed my DPhil in Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford in 2018, where I researched how infants learn colour words and what that means for their colour perception. From there I moved to the University of East Anglia as a postdoc, working on early visual working memory with Professor John Spencer. My research at Durham focuses on the interplay between early cognition and word learning in infants.

Research interests

  • Infant development
  • Early word learning
  • Developmental cognitive neuroscience

Research groups


Conference Paper

  • Forbes, Samuel H. & Plunkett, Kim (2017), Early Colour Word Learning in British Infants, The Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. London, UK.

Journal Article