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Statistical learning – what is it and why might it be of interest to clinicians and educators?

15 May 2013

Join us on May 15 for a CoCo Seminar by Joanne Arciuli titled “Statistical learning: What is it and why might it be of interest to clinicians and educators?”.

Statistical learning (SL) refers to the brain’s capacity to detect and learn from statistical regularities present in the environment. A substantial body of research demonstrates that SL is a powerful form of implicit learning, one that is present in young infants, is multi-modal, and operates across a variety of stimuli (including, for example, natural speech, musical tones, and geometric shapes). It is thought that SL may contribute to a wide range of mental activities including language acquisition and object recognition.

Individual differences in SL have emerged as an important potential source of heterogeneity in academic outcomes (Arciuli & Simpson, 2011). For example, the capacity for SL is directly related to reading ability in typically developing children and healthy adults (Arciuli & Simpson, 2012).

There is increasing interest in SL in clinical and educational contexts (see review by Arciuli & von Koss Torkildsen, 2012). I will discuss seminal studies of SL, provide a demonstration of a task that is commonly used to assess SL, and discuss why SL is of interest to clinicians and educators.

This seminar will be available live online at

Event details

  • When: 11am–12.30pm
  • Where:

    Education Building (A35) Room 230

  • Cost: Free
  • Contact:

    Sadhbh Warren

    T: 9351 2612


  • More info: Arrive at 10.45am for refreshments
  • Speaker/ Performer:

    Dr Arciuli is a cognitive scientist with research expertise across the areas of language, literacy and learning. She enjoys interdisciplinary collaborations and has published in journals representing the disciplines of Psychology, Linguistics, Neuroscience and Speech Pathology.

    Her ARC funded research has revealed that there is individual variation in children’s capacity for statistical learning and that this variability is related to variability in reading ability.

    She is interested in applying the principles of statistical learning in clinical and educational settings and in further investigating the link between sleep and statistical learning.

    Dr Arciuli is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Health sciences at The University of Sydney.

Statistical learning: what is it and why might it be of interest to clinicians and educators?


Education Building (A35) Room 230


15 May 2013

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