Dr Denes Szucs

Denes Szucs

University position


Dr Denes Szucs is pleased to consider applications from prospective PhD students.


Department of Psychology


Centre for Neuroscience in Education

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Research Themes

Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience

Developmental Neuroscience


Dénes Sz?cs has background in cognitive neuroscience and psychology. He has used electro-encephalography (EEG), electro-myography (EMG), functional near infrared imaging (fNIRS), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and behavioural methods. On the one hand, he investigates mathematical understanding and development, mathematics anxiety (including gender differences), dyscalculia, and gifted mathematics. On the other had, he is very interested in modern research methodology and in the meta-analysis of the published neuroscience and psychology literature. Dénes was the recipient of the prestigious scholar award of the James S. McDonnell foundation (2013).

Research Focus


cognitive neuroscience

numerical cognition

conflict detection/resolution


child development

Clinical conditions

Cognitive impairment



Electroencephalography (EEG)



Rhodri Cusack

Usha Goswami

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Key publications

Szücs D, Soltész F, Bryce D, Whitebread D (in press), “Real-time tracking of motor response activation and response competition in a Stroop task in young children: A lateralized readiness potential study” Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience

Szücs D, Soltész F, White S (2009), “Motor conflict in Stroop tasks: direct evidence from single-trial electro-myography and electro-encephalography” Neuroimage 47, 1960-1973

Soltész F, Sz?cs D, Dékány J, Márkus A, Csépe V (2007), “A combined event-related potential and neuropsychological investigation of developmental dyscalculia” Neuroscience Letters 417:181-186 Details



Zhang L, Chen M, Lin C, Sz?cs D (2014), “Flexible and unique representations of two-digit decimals.” Acta Psychol (Amst) 151C:89-97 Details

Zirk-Sadowski J, Lamptey C, Devine A, Haggard M, Sz?cs D (2014), “Young-age gender differences in mathematics mediated by independent control or uncontrollability.” Dev Sci Details


Gabriel F, Coché F, Szucs D, Carette V, Rey B, Content A (2013), “A componential view of children's difficulties in learning fractions.” Front Psychol 4:715 Details

Gabriel F, Szucs D, Content A (2013), “The mental representations of fractions: adults' same-different judgments.” Front Psychol 4:385 Details

Gabriel FC, Szucs D, Content A (2013), “The development of the mental representations of the magnitude of fractions.” PLoS One 8(11):e80016 Details

Kaufmann L, Mazzocco MM, Dowker A, von Aster M, Göbel SM, Grabner RH, Henik A, Jordan NC, Karmiloff-Smith AD, Kucian K, Rubinsten O, Szucs D, Shalev R, Nuerk HC (2013), “Dyscalculia from a developmental and differential perspective.” Front Psychol 4:516 Details

Killikelly C, Sz?cs D (2013), “Asymmetry in stimulus and response conflict processing across the adult lifespan: ERP and EMG evidence.” Cortex 49(10):2888-903 Details

Killikelly C, Sz?cs D (2013), “Delayed development of proactive response preparation in adolescents: ERP and EMG evidence.” Dev Cogn Neurosci 3:33-43 Details

Morsanyi K, Devine A, Nobes A, Sz?cs D (2013), “The link between logic, mathematics and imagination: evidence from children with developmental dyscalculia and mathematically gifted children.” Dev Sci 16(4):542-53 Details

Soltész F, Sz?cs D, Leong V, White S, Goswami U (2013), “Differential entrainment of neuroelectric delta oscillations in developmental dyslexia.” PLoS One 8(10):e76608 Details

Szucs D, Devine A, Soltesz F, Nobes A, Gabriel F (2013), “Developmental dyscalculia is related to visuo-spatial memory and inhibition impairment.” Cortex 49(10):2674-88 Details

Sz?cs D, Nobes A, Devine A, Gabriel FC, Gebuis T (2013), “Visual stimulus parameters seriously compromise the measurement of approximate number system acuity and comparative effects between adults and children.” Front Psychol 4:444 Details

Wong B, Szücs D (2013), “Single-digit Arabic numbers do not automatically activate magnitude representations in adults or in children: evidence from the symbolic same-different task.” Acta Psychol (Amst) 144(3):488-98 Details

Zirk-Sadowski J, Szucs D, Holmes J (2013), “Content-specificity in verbal recall: a randomized controlled study.” PLoS One 8(11):e79528 Details


Devine A, Fawcett K, Sz?cs D, Dowker A (2012), “Gender differences in mathematics anxiety and the relation to mathematics performance while controlling for test anxiety.” Behav Brain Funct 8:33 Details

Hämäläinen JA, Rupp A, Soltész F, Szücs D, Goswami U (2012), “Reduced phase locking to slow amplitude modulation in adults with dyslexia: an MEG study.” Neuroimage 59(3):2952-61 Details

Hsu YF, Sz?cs D (2012), “The time course of symbolic number adaptation: oscillatory EEG activity and event-related potential analysis.” Neuroimage 59(4):3103-9 Details

Pincham HL, Sz?cs D (2012), “Intentional subitizing: exploring the role of automaticity in enumeration.” Cognition 124(2):107-16 Details

Pincham HL, Sz?cs D (2012), “Target cueing provides support for target- and resource-based models of the attentional blink.” PLoS One 7(5):e37596 Details

Pincham HL, Szucs D (2012), “Conscious access is linked to ongoing brain state: electrophysiological evidence from the attentional blink.” Cereb Cortex 22(10):2346-53 Details

Sz?cs D, Killikelly C, Cutini S (2012), “Event-related near-infrared spectroscopy detects conflict in the motor cortex in a Stroop task.” Brain Res 1477:27-36 Details

Sz?cs D, Soltész F (2012), “Functional definition of the N450 event-related brain potential marker of conflict processing: a numerical stroop study.” BMC Neurosci 13:35 Details

White SL, Sz?cs D (2012), “Representational change and strategy use in children's number line estimation during the first years of primary school.” Behav Brain Funct 8:1 Details


Bryce D, Sz?cs D, Soltész F, Whitebread D (2011), “The development of inhibitory control: an averaged and single-trial Lateralized Readiness Potential study.” Neuroimage 57(3):671-85 Details

Goswami U, Fosker T, Huss M, Mead N, Szucs D (2011), “Rise time and formant transition duration in the discrimination of speech sounds: the Ba-Wa distinction in developmental dyslexia.” Dev Sci 14(1):34-43 Details

Goswami U, Sz?cs D (2011), “Educational neuroscience: Developmental mechanisms: towards a conceptual framework.” Neuroimage 57(3):651-8 Details

Hämäläinen JA, Fosker T, Szücs D, Goswami U (2011), “N1, P2 and T-complex of the auditory brain event-related potentials to tones with varying rise times in adults with and without dyslexia.” Int J Psychophysiol 81(1):51-9 Details

Hsu YF, Szücs D (2011), “Arithmetic mismatch negativity and numerical magnitude processing in number matching.” BMC Neurosci 12:83 Details

Soltész F, White S, Szücs D (2011), “Event-related brain potentials dissociate the developmental time-course of automatic numerical magnitude analysis and cognitive control functions during the first three years of primary school.” Dev Neuropsychol 36(6):682-701 Details

Stefanics G, Fosker T, Huss M, Mead N, Szucs D, Goswami U (2011), “Auditory sensory deficits in developmental dyslexia: a longitudinal ERP study.” Neuroimage 57(3):723-32 Details

White SL, Sz?cs D, Soltész F (2011), “Symbolic number: the integration of magnitude and spatial representations in children aged 6 to 8 years.” Front Psychol 2:392 Details


Soltész F, Szucs D, Szucs L (2010), “Relationships between magnitude representation, counting and memory in 4- to 7-year-old children: a developmental study.” Behav Brain Funct 6:13 Details

Szucs D, Soltész F (2010), “Event-related brain potentials to violations of arithmetic syntax represented by place value structure.” Biol Psychol 84(2):354-67 Details

Szucs D, Soltész F (2010), “Stimulus and response conflict in the color-word Stroop task: a combined electro-myography and event-related potential study.” Brain Res 1325:63-76 Details


Szucs D, Soltész F, Bryce D, Whitebread D (2009), “Real-time tracking of motor response activation and response competition in a Stroop task in young children: a lateralized readiness potential study.” J Cogn Neurosci 21(11):2195-206 Details

Szucs D, Soltész F, White S (2009), “Motor conflict in Stroop tasks: direct evidence from single-trial electro-myography and electro-encephalography.” Neuroimage 47(4):1960-73 Details


Szucs D, Soltész F (2008), “The interaction of task-relevant and task-irrelevant stimulus features in the number/size congruency paradigm: an ERP study.” Brain Res 1190:143-58 Details


Szucs D, Soltész F (2007), “Event-related potentials dissociate facilitation and interference effects in the numerical Stroop paradigm.” Neuropsychologia 45(14):3190-202 Details

Szucs D, Soltész F, Czigler I, Csépe V (2007), “Electroencephalography effects to semantic and non-semantic mismatch in properties of visually presented single-characters: the N2b and the N400.” Neurosci Lett 412(1):18-23 Details

Sz?cs D, Soltész F, Jármi E, Csépe V (2007), “The speed of magnitude processing and executive functions in controlled and automatic number comparison in children: an electro-encephalography study.” Behav Brain Funct 3:23 Details


Szucs D, Csépe V (2005), “The parietal distance effect appears in both the congenitally blind and matched sighted controls in an acoustic number comparison task.” Neurosci Lett 384(1-2):11-6 Details

Szucs D, Csépe V (2005), “The effect of numerical distance and stimulus probability on ERP components elicited by numerical incongruencies in mental addition.” Brain Res Cogn Brain Res 22(2):289-300 Details


Szucs D, Csépe V (2004), “Similarities and differences in the coding of numerical and alphabetical order using acoustic stimulation as revealed by event-related potentials in humans.” Neurosci Lett 360(1-2):65-8 Details

Szucs D, Csépe V (2004), “Access to numerical information is dependent on the modality of stimulus presentation in mental addition: a combined ERP and behavioral study.” Brain Res Cogn Brain Res 19(1):10-27 Details


Csépe V, Szücs D, Honbolygó F (2003), “Number-word reading as challenging task in dyslexia? An ERP study.” Int J Psychophysiol 51(1):69-83 Details