Dr Sam Wass

Sam  Wass

University position

Research Associate


Department of Psychology

Home page

https://www.sites.google.com/view/sa... (personal home page)

Research Themes

Developmental Neuroscience

Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience


At Cambridge I am a member of the baby-LINC lab (http://www.baby-linc.psychol.cam.ac.uk), working with Dr Vicky Leong to investigate the neural correlates of infant attention and learning in naturalistic contexts using dual parent-child EEG and ECG.

I am mainly based at the University of East London, where I lead the BabyDev Lab (https://www.uel.ac.uk/research/developmental-psychology/baby-dev-lab) funded by an European Research Council Starter Grant. There, we research stress and attention during early infancy, particularly in infants from low socio-economic status backgrounds. I am also involved with a number of projects looking at the effectiveness of attention training in infants, using computerised attention training paradigms that I designed. This includes projects in London, Finland, the US and Canada.

More details here:


An infant wearing a head-mounted eye tracker at the Centre for Attention, Learning and Memory and the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit
An infant wearing a head-mounted eye tracker at the Centre for Attention, Learning and Memory and the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit
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Research Focus




cognitive training


Clinical conditions

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder


Genetic disorders (Rett syndrome)


Electrophyioslogical recording

Electrophysiological recording techniques




Joni Holmes

Victoria Leong

United Kingdom

Mark Johnson Web: http://www.cbcd.bbk.ac.uk/people/...

Edmund Sonuga-Barke Web: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/psychol...


Jukka Leppanen Web: http://www.uta.fi/med/icl...

Susan Rose Web: http://www.einstein.yu.edu/faculty...

Lonnie Zwaigenbaum Web: http://psychiatry.med.ualberta.ca/AboutUs...

Associated News Items



Leppänen JM, Forssman L, Kaatiala J, Yrttiaho S, Wass S (2014), “Widely applicable MATLAB routines for automated analysis of saccadic reaction times.” Behav Res Methods Details

Wass SV (2014), “Comparing methods for measuring peak look duration: Are individual differences observed on screen-based tasks also found in more ecologically valid contexts?” Infant Behav Dev 37(3):315-25 Details

Wass SV (2014), “Applying cognitive training to target executive functions during early development.” Child Neuropsychol Details

Wass SV, Smith TJ (2014), “Visual motherese? Signal-to-noise ratios in toddler-directed television.” Dev Sci Details


Wass SV, Porayska-Pomsta K (2013), “The uses of cognitive training technologies in the treatment of autism spectrum disorders.” Autism Details