Prof Joel B. Talcott

Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

School of Life & Health Sciences

Aston University
B4 7ET

telephone: +44 (0) 121 204 4083
fax: +44 (0) 121 204 4090

Research Group

Basic and Applied Neurosciences

Research Centre

Aston Brain Centre

Director: Dyslexia and Development Assessment Unit

Teaching Group

Psychology: Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programmes 



  • 2011-present, Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
  • 2007-2011, Reader, Psychology, Aston University
  • 2003-2007: Senior Lecturer, Psychology, Aston University
  • 2001-2003: Lecturer, Psychology, Neurosciences Research Institute, Aston University
  • 1996-2001: Post-doctoral Fellow, University Laboratory of Physiology, Oxford University
  • 1996 Ph.D.: Experimental Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz.
  • 1989-1991: Masters Coursework in Psychology, Humboldt State University
  • 1988 BS: Psychobiology, University of California, Riverside
  • Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Sensory, motor and cognitive processing investigated using psychophysics, neurophysiological and functional imaging techniques.
  • Developmental disorders of cognition and language.
  • Development of reading and component skills in children.  
  • Genetic and environmental influences on brain structure and function
Research in the Talcott lab is currently financially supported by the following:
  • European Union, Framework 7, Horizon 2020

  • The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

  • The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Gloria Romagnoli (Marie Curie ITN)
Diandra Brkic (Marie Curie ITN)
Kelly Murphy
Dorota Wohlrapp (Marie Curie ITN)
Mable Nakubulwa (Ph.D, 2016)
Emma Birkett (Ph.D., 2013)
Tulpesh Patel (Ph.D., 2011)
Nia Huws (Ph.D., 2007)
Wendy Gibbons (Ph.D. 2007, Co-supervised with P. Riddell, University of Reading)
Kim Rochelle (Ph.D. 2006)


Murphy, K., Jogia, J & Talcott, JB. (2019) On the neural basis of single word reading: a meta-analysis of task-based fMRI evidence using Activation Likelihood Estimation. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 49, 71-83. doi: 10.1016/j.jneuroling.2018.08.005

Eckert, M.A., Vaden, K.I, Gebreziabher, M., Dyslexia Data Consortium. (2018). Reading Profiles in Multi-site data with Missingness. Frontiers of Psychology, doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00644

Phan, TV, Smeets, D, Talcott, JB., Vandermosten, M. (2017). Processing of structural neuroimaging data in young children:bridging the gap between current practice and state-of-the-art methods. Developmental  Cognitive Neuroscience doi: 10.1016/j.dcn.2017.08.009

Scerri, TS, Macpherson, E, Martinelli…, Talcott, JB.,  Paracchini, S. (2017). The DCDC2 deletion is not a risk factor for dyslexia. Translational Psychiatry, 7(7):e1182. doi: 10.1038/tp.2017.151.

Witton, C., Talcott, J.B. & Henning, G.B. (2017). Psychophysical measurements in children and untrained observers: challenges, pitfalls, and considerations. PeerJ, 5, e3231

Pettigrew, K.A., Frinton, E., Nudel, R.T.M. Chan, M., Thompson, PA., Hayiou-Thomas, M.E, Talcott, J.B., Stein, J., Monaco, A.P., Hulme, C., Snowling, M.J., Newbury, D..F & Paracchini, S (2016). Further evidence for a parent-of-origin effect at the NOP9 locus on language-related phenotypes. Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, 8(24). DOI 10.1186/s11689-016-9157-6

Eckert, M.A., Berninger, V.F.  Hoeft, F. Vaden, KI. & Dyslexia Data consortium. (2016). A case of Bilateral Perisylvian Syndrome with reading disability, Cortex, 76, 121-124,

Shore, RJ, Covill, L, Pettigrew, KA, Brandler, WA, Diaz Vazquez, R, Xu, Y, Tello, J, Talcott, JB, Newbury, DF, Stein, J, Monaco, AP & Paracchini, S (2016). The handedness-associated PCSK6 locus spans an intronic promoter regulating novel transcripts. Human Molecular Genetics, 10.1093/hmg/ddw047

Cunningham, A., Witton, C., Talcott, J., Burgess, A. & Shapiro, L (2015).  Deconstructing phonological tasks: The contribution of stimulus and response type to the prediction of early decoding skills. Cognition 143, 178-186

Ivanova, M., Achenbach, T.. …, Talcott, J., Vázquez, N., & Zasępa, E. (2015). Syndromes of collateral-reported psychopathology for ages 18-59 in 18 Societies.  International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology, 15(1), 18-28

Ivanova, M., Achenbach, T.., …Talcott, J., & Zasepa,, E. (2015). Syndromes of Self-Reported Psychopathology for Ages 18–59 in 29 Societies. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment 37 (2), 171-183.

Cassim, M., Talcott, J. & Moores, E. (2014) Adults with dyslexia demonstrate large effects of crowding and detrimental effects of distractors in a visual tilt discrimination task. PloS One 9 (9), e106191

Gialluisi, A., Newbury, D.F., … Talcott, J., Monaco, A., Paracchini, S. Francks, C. & Fisher, S. (2014). Genome-wide screening for DNA variants associated with reading and language traits. Genes, Brain and Behavior, 13, 686-701

Loras, H., Sigmundsson, H., Stensdotter, A. & Talcott, J. (2014). Postural control is not systematically related to reading skills: Implications for the assessment of balance as a risk factor for developmental dyslexia. PLoS One, 9(6), e98224 doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0098224 

Patel, T., Blyth, J.., Griffiths, G., Kelly, D. & Talcott, J. (2014).  Moderate relationships between NAA and cognitive ability in healthy adults: implications for cognitive spectroscopy. Frontiers Human Neurosci. 8:39 doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00039 

Simpson, N., Addis, L., …Talcott, J.,  O’Hare, A., Baird, G.,  Paracchini, S.,  Fisher, S., Newbury, D. & SLI Consortium.  (2014). Increased Prevalence of Sex Chromosome Aneuploidies in Specific Language Impairment and Dyslexia. Dev Med Child Neurol, 56(4), 346-353.  

Becker, J., Czamara, D., …, Talcott, J.., … Paracchini, S., Peyrard-Janvid, M. & Schumacher, J. (2014). Genetic analysis of dyslexia candidate genes in the European cross-linguistic NeuroDys cohort. European J Hum Genet, 22, 675-680.

Talcott, J.B., Witton, C. & Stein, J.F. (2013). Probing the neurocognitive trajectories of children's reading skills. Neuropsychologia, 51, 472-481.   

Scerri, T.S., Darki, F., Newbury, D., Whitehouse, A.J.O.,  Peyrard-Janvid, M., Matsson, H., Ang, Q.W., Pennell, C.E., Ring, S., Stein, J., Morris, A.P., Monaco, A.P., Kere, J., Talcott, J.B., Klingberg, T. & Paracchini, S. (2012). The dyslexia candidate locus on 2p12 is associated with general cognitive ability and white matter structure. PLoS One, 7(11), e50321 

Vulchanova, M., Talcott, J.B., Vulchanov, V., Stankova, M. & Eshuis, H. (2012). Morphology in ASD: Local processing bias and language. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 7-8, 584-600. 

Witton, C., Patel, T., Furlong, P.L., Henning, G.B., Worthen, S.F. & Talcott, J.B.  (2012). Sensory thresholds obtained from MEG data: cortical psychometric functions. NeuroImage, 63(3), 1249-1256. 

Birkett, E. &  Talcott, J. (2012). Interval timing of children: effects of auditory and visual pacing stimuli and relationships with reading and attention variables. PLoS ONE 7(8): e42820. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0042820 

Lorås H, Sigmundsson H, Talcott J.B, Öhberg F, Stensdotter A.K. (2012). Timing continuous or discontinuous movements across effectors specified by different pacing modalities and intervals. Experimental Brain Research, 220, 335-347. DOI: 10.1007/s00221-012-3142-4 

Vulchanova, M., Talcott, J.B., Vulchanov, V. & Stankova, M. (2012). Language against the odds, or rather not: The weak central coherence hypothesis and language. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 25, 13-30. 

Moores, E., Cassim, R. & Talcott, J.B. (2011). Adults with dyslexia exhibit large effects of crowding, increased dependence on cues, and detrimental effects of distractors in visual search tasks. Neuropsychologia, 49, 3881-3890.

Newbury, D.F., Paracchini, S., Scerri, T,S., Winchester, L., Addis, L., Walter, J., Stein, J.F., Talcott, J.B. & Monaco, A.P.  (2011). Investigation of Dyslexia and SLI risk variants in reading- and language-impaired subjects. Behavior Genetics, 41, 90-104.

Scerri TS, Brandler WM, Paracchini S, Morris AP, Ring SM, Talcott JB, Stein J, Monaco AP. (2010). PCSK6 is associated with handedness in individuals with dyslexia. Human Molecular Genetics, 20, 608-614. 

Scerri TS, Paracchini S, Morris A, MacPhie IL, Talcott J, Stein J, Smith SD, Pennington BF, Olson RK, DeFries JC, Monaco AP. (2010). Identification of candidate genes for dyslexia susceptibility on chromosome 18. PLoS One, 5(10), e13712. 

Sigmundsson, H., Anholt, S.K., & Talcott, J.B. (2010). Are poor mathematics skills associated with visual deficits in temporal processing? Neuroscience Letters, 469, 248-250.

Reddy, P., Greasley, A., Parson, V., Talcott, J., Harrington, K. & Elander, J. (2009). Becoming a psychology undergraduate: Integrating study skills and integrating students. Psychology Learning and Teaching, 7, 38-42.

Huws, N., Reddy, P. & Talcott, J. (2009). The effects of faking on non-cognitive predictors of academic performance in University students. Learning and Individual Differences, 19, 476-480.

Rochelle, K.S.H., Witton, C. & Talcott, J.B. (2009). Symptoms of hyperactivity and inattention can mediate deficits of postural stability in developmental dyslexia Experimental Brain Research, 192, 627-633.

Huws, N., Reddy, P. & Talcott, J. (2006). Predicting University success in Psychology: the importance of subject-specific academic skills. Psychology Learning and Teaching, 5, 42-50.

Rochelle, K.S.H & Talcott, J.B. (2006). Impaired balance in developmental dyslexia: a meta-analysis of the contending evidence. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 77, 1159-1166.

Hulslander, J., Talcott, J., Witton, C., DeFries, J., Pennington, B., Wadsworth, S., Willcutt, E. & Olson, R. (2004). Sensory processing, reading, IQ and attention. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 88, 274-295

Foxton, J.M., Talcott, J.B., Witton, C., Brace, H., McIntyre, F. & Griffiths, T.D. (2003). Reading skills are related to global, but not local, acoustic pattern perception. Nature Neuroscience, 6, 343-344.

Talcott, J.B., Gram, A., van Ingelghem, M., Witton, C., Stein, J.F. & Toennessen, F.E. (2003). Impaired sensitivity to dynamic stimuli in poor readers of a regular orthography. Brain and Language, 87, 259-266.

Moe-Nilssen, R., Helbostad, J. L., Talcott, J. B. & Toennessen, F. E. (2003). Balance and gait in dyslexic children. Experimental Brain Research, 150, 237-244.

Rosner, B. S., Talcott, J. B., Witton, C., Hogg, J. D., Richardson, A. J., Hansen, P.C., & Stein, J. F. (2003). The perception of 'sinewave speech' by adult developmental dyslexics.  Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, 46, 68-79.

Sigmundsson, H., Hansen, P.C. & Talcott, J.B. (2003). Do "clumsy" children have visual deficits? Behavioural Brain Research, 139, 123-129.

Marlow, A.J., Fisher, S.E., Francks, C., MacPhie, L., Richardson, A.J., Talcott, J.B., Stein, J.F., Monaco, A.P. & Cardon, L.R. (2003). Use of multivariate linkage analysis for dissection of a complex cognitive trait. American Journal of Human Genetics, 72, 561-570.

Talcott, J. B., Witton, C., Hebb, G. S., Stoodley, C. J., Westwood, E. A., France, S. J., Hansen, P.C., & Stein, J. F. (2002). On the relationship between dynamic visual and auditory processing and literacy skills; results from a large primary-school study. Dyslexia, 8, 204-225. 

Fisher, S.E., Francks, C., Marlow, A.J., MacPhie, I.L., Williams, D.F., Cardon, L.R., Ishikawa-Bush, Y., Richardson, A.J., Talcott, J.B., Gayan, J., Olson, R.K., Pennington, B.F., Smith, S.D., DeFries, J.C., Stein, J.F. & Monaco, A.P. (2002). Independent genome-wide scans identify a chromosome 18 quantitative-trait locus influencing dyslexia. Nature Genetics, 30, 86-91.

Witton, C., Stein, J.F., Stoodley, C.J., Rosner, B.S. & Talcott, J.B. (2002). Separate influences of acoustic AM and FM sensitivity on the phonological decoding skills of impaired and normal readers. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 14, 866-874.

France, S., Rosner, B., Hansen, P., Calvin, C., Talcott, J.B., Richardson, A. & Stein, J. (2002). Auditory frequency discrimination in adult developmental dyslexics. Perception & Psychophysics, 64, 169-179.

Rae, C., Harasty, J., Dzendrowskyj, T., Talcott, J., Simpson, J., Blamire, A., Dixon, R., Lee, M., Thompson, C., Styles, P., Richardson, A. & Stein, J. (2002). Cerebellar morphology in developmental dyslexia. Neuropsychologia, 40, 1285-1292. 

Hansen, P.C., Stein, J.F., Orde, S.R., Winter, J.L. & Talcott, J.B. (2001). Are dyslexics' visual deficits limited to measures of dorsal stream function? NeuroReport, 12, 1527-1530. 

Marlow, A., Fisher, S., Richardson, A., Francks, C., Talcott, J., Monaco, A., Stein, J. & Cardon, L. (2001). Investigation of quantitative measures related to reading disability in a large sample of twin pairs from the UK. Behavior Genetics, 31, 219-230. 

Talcott, J., Hansen, P., Assoku, E. & Stein, J. (2000). Visual motion sensitivity in dyslexia: Evidence for temporal and energy integration deficits. Neuropsychologia, 38, 935-943. 

Talcott, J. Witton, C., McLean, M., Hansen, P., Rees, A., Green, G. & Stein, J. (2000). Dynamic sensory sensitivity predicts children’s word decoding skills. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), 97, 2952-2957. 

Stoodley, C.J, Talcott, J.B., Carter, E., Witton, C. & Stein, J.F. (2000). Impaired vibration sensitivity in dyslexic readers. Neuroscience Letters, 295, 13-16. 

Richardson, A.J., Calvin, C.M., Clisby, C., Schoenheimer, D.R., Montgomery, P., Hall, J.A., Hebb, G., Westwood, E., Talcott, J.B. & Stein, J.F. (2000). Fatty acid deficiency signs predict the severity of reading and relative difficulties in dyslexic children. Prostag. Leukot. Essent. Fatty Acids, 63, 67-74.

Talcott, J. Witton, C., McLean, M., Hansen, P., Rees, A., Green, G. & Stein, J. (1999). Auditory FM sensitivity predicts children’s phonological and reading skills. NeuroReport, 10, 2045-2050.

Talcott, J. B., Hansen, P. C., Willis-Owen, C., McKinnell, I. W., Richardson, A. J. & Stein, J. F. (1998). Visual magnocellular impairment in adult developmental dyslexics. Neuro-Ophthalmology, 20, 187-201. 

Witton, C., Talcott, J. B., Hansen, P. C., Richardson, A. J., Griffiths, T. D., Rees, A., Stein, J. F., Green, G. G. R. (1998). Sensitivity to dynamic auditory and visual stimuli predicts nonword reading ability in both dyslexics and normal readers. Current Biology, 8, 791-797.

Rae, C., Lee, M. A., Dixon, R. M., Blamire, A. M., Thompson, C. H., Styles, P., Talcott, J. B. & Stein, J. F. (1998). Metabolic abnormalities in developmental dyslexia detected by 1H magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The Lancet, 351, 1849-1852. 

Mayer, M. J., Ward, B., Klein, R., Talcott, J. B., & Dougherty, R. F. (1994). Flicker sensitivity and fundus appearance in pre-exudative age-related maculopathy. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 35, 1138-1149. 

Mayer, M. J., Ward, B., Klein, R., Talcott, J. B., & Dougherty, R. F. (1993). Predicting age-related maculopathy. In Ophthalmic & Vision Optics/ Noninvasive Assessment of the Visual System Technical Digest. Vol. 3, pp. 286-289. Optical Society of America, Washington D.C.

Book Chapters

Burgess A.P., Witton C., Shapiro L., Talcott J.B. (2018) From Subtypes to Taxons: Identifying Distinctive Profiles of Reading Development in Children. In: Lachmann T., Weis T. (eds) Reading and Dyslexia. Literacy Studies (Perspectives from Cognitive Neurosciences, Linguistics, Psychology and Education), vol 16. Springer, Cham

Witton C., Talcott J.B. (2018) Auditory Processing in Developmental Dyslexia: Some Considerations and Challenges. In: Lachmann T., Weis T. (eds) Reading and Dyslexia. Literacy Studies (Perspectives from Cognitive Neurosciences, Linguistics, Psychology and Education), vol 16. Springer, Cham

Talcott, J.B. & Witton, C. Sensory processing in dyslexia and co-occurring disorders of cognitive development: models, mechanisms and caveats. In G. Eden (Ed.) The Wiley Handbook on the Cognitive Neuroscience of Dyslexia. Wiley Press. (in press)

Talcott, J.B. (2014). Creating virtuous circles between the laboratory and the classroom: delivering the promise of educational neuroscience. In J. Carroll and K.Saunders (Eds.) The Dyslexia Handbook 2014 (pp. 131-137). Bracknell, UK: British Dyslexia Association. ISBN: 978-1-872653-68-6

Talcott, J. & Birkett, E. (2009).  Dyslexia from a Cognitive Neuroscience perspective: Making links and moving forward. The Dyslexia Handbook 2009/10. (pp. 151-160). London: BDA

Talcott, J. (2009). A snapshot of dyslexia from a research perspective. In Smythe, I. (Ed.). Employment and Dyslexia Handbook (pp. 31-39). London: BDA. 

Stein, J., Talcott, J., & Witton, C. (2001). The sensorimotor basis of developmental dyslexia.  A. Fawcett (Ed.), Dyslexia: Theory and Good Practice, pp. 65-88, London: Whurr British Dyslexia Association.

Talcott, J.B. & Witton, C. (2002). A sensory linguistic approach to the development of normal and dysfunctional reading skills. In E. Witruk, A. D. Friederici, & T. Lachmann (Eds.), Basic functions of language, reading, and reading disability (pp.213-240). Boston: Kluwer. 

Reviews and Commentaries

Thai, N.J & Talcott, J.B. (2009). Considerations for paediatric fMRI at the translational coalface. The American Journal of Bioethics, 9, 18-20.

Richards, I., Moores, E., Witton, C., Reddy, P., Rippon, G., Rochelle, K., & Talcott, J. (2003). Science, sophistry and ‘commercial sensitivity’: Comments on Reynolds, Nicolson & Hambly. Dyslexia, 9, 146-150. 

Talcott, J.B. (2003). Sensory and cognitive constraints on information processing during reading: Do the eyes have it? Contemporary Psychology, 48, 62-65

Richards, I., Witton, C., Moores, E., Reddy, P., Rippon, G. & Talcott, J. (2002). The Dyslexia ecosystem: Reply to Nicolson. Dyslexia, 8, 226-233.

Talcott, J. (2001). Pay attention to attention! Review of: Everatt, J (Ed.), Reading and Dyslexia: Visual and attentional processes. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 5, 44.

Stein, J., Talcott, J. & Walsh, V. (2000). Controversy about the evidence for a visual magnocellular deficit in developmental dyslexics. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 4, 209-211.

Stein, J. F. & Talcott, J. B. (1999). Impaired neuronal timing in developmental dyslexia- The magnocellular hypothesis. Dyslexia, 5, 59-77.

Talcott, J. B. (1998). Temporal perception in normal and dysfunctional reading. The Physiological Society Magazine, 31, 17-19.

Talcott, J. B. (1994). Unravelling the dyslexia rubric. [Review of the book Reading Disabilities: Genetic and Neurological Influences. B.F. Pennington (Ed.).] American Journal of Psychology, 107, 305-314.