Nora Turoman, PhD

My journey as an experimental psychologist and cognitive neuroscientist started in 2014 when I was a Research Assistant at the BLIP lab at Nanyang Technological Unversity in Singapore. This is when I first got interested in interactions between the sesnes and the links thereof with higher cognitive processes like attention, memory, and learning. I continued on the path of multisensory research in my MSc in Psychological Research at the University of Oxford, with the Crossmodal Research lab, where I developed my first independent research project. Next, I moved onto a PhD in Neuroscience, at the University of Lausanne, with the GROWN group (within the LINE lab). Here, I combined behavioural measures with traditional and advanced EEG analyses to investigate the development of attentional control over visual and multisensory objects from early childhood to adulthood. Since graduating in 2020, I have been working at the Working Memory, Cognition and Development lab at the University of Geneva. My research here has primarily focused on clarifying the relationships between selectve attention and working memory in a multisensory framework, with the goal to better understand learning in real-world environments, and since 2022, I have obtained a Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship to pursue this work. I have also been working to clarify the nature and maintenance mechanisms of working memory representations in adults and children. Apart from research work, I teach classes on preprints and the development of attention to undergraduate students at the Univesrity of Geneva, and pursue various science outreach projects.

Multisensory processing

Selective attention

Working memory

School learning

Cognitive development

Multivariate EEG analyses

Connecting science and real life

Science communication & education

Open Science

Ongoing projects

Team

Elodie Walter

Research Assistant 
Masters in Psychology
University of Geneva

Anae Motz

Research Assistant 
Bachelors in Psychology
University of Geneva

Publications

Registered reports

Turoman, N. , Vergauwe, E. (under review). The effect of Multisensory distraction on working memory: A role for task relevance? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. Preregistration: https://osf.io/z6jwt
Open data, and materials: https://osf.io/y84ks/

Peer-reviewed publications

Turoman, N., Heyard, R., Schwab, S., Furrer, E., Vergauwe, E., & Held, L. (under review). Constructing and implementing PRECHECK: A checklist to evaluate preprints on COVID-19 and beyond. Research integrity and Peer review.
Preprint: https://osf.io/preprints/metaarxiv/nb928/
Open data, and supplementary materials: https://osf.io/8k9ac/ 

Tivadar, R. I., Arnold, R. C., Turoman, N., Knebel, J. F., & Murray, M. M. (2022). Digital Haptics Improve Speed of Visual Search Performance in a Dual-Task Setting. Scientific Reports, 12, 9728. 

Turoman, N., Hautekiet, C., Jeanneret, S., Valentini, B., & Langerock, N. (2022). Open and reproducible practices in developmental psychology research: The workflow of the WomCogDev lab as an example. Infant and Child Development, e2333, 1-17.
Pre-print: https://psyarxiv.com/73bwu/ 

Turoman, N., Tivadar, R. I., Retsa, C., Murray, M. M., and Matusz, P. (2021). Towards understanding how we pay attention in naturalistic visual search settings. NeuroImage, 244, 118556.
Pre-print: https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.07.30.229617v4 

Turoman, N., Tivadar, R. I., Retsa, C., Maillard, A. M., Scerif, G., and Matusz, P. (2021). Uncovering the mechanisms of real-world attentional control over the course of primary education. Mind, Brain, and Education, 15(4), 344-353.
Pre-print: https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.10.20.342758v2.abstract 

Turoman, N., Tivadar, R. I., Retsa, C., Maillard, A. M., Scerif, G., and Matusz, P. (2021). The development of attentional control mechanisms in multisensory environments. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 48, 100930. 
Pre-print: https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.06.23.166975v3.abstract 

Matusz, P., Turoman, N., Tivadar, R., Retsa, C., and Murray, M.M. (2019). Brain and cognitive mechanisms of top-down attentional control in a multisensory world: Benefits of electrical neuroimaging. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 31(3), 412-430. 

Tivadar, R.I., Rouillard, T., Chappaz, C., Knebel, J.-F., Turoman, N., Anaflous, F., Roche, J., Matusz, P., and Murray, M.M. (2019). Mental Rotation of Digitally-Rendered Haptic Objects. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 13, 7. 

Tivadar, R.I., Retsa, C., Turoman, N., Matusz, P.-J., and Murray, M.M. (2018). Sounds enhance visual completion processes. Neuroimage, 179, 480-488. 

Turoman, N., Velasco, C., Chen, Y.-C., Huang, P.-C., and Spence, C. (2018). Symmetry and its role in the crossmodal correspondence between shape and taste. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 80(3), 738-751. 
Open data, materials, and code: https://osf.io/qn593/ 

Turoman, N., and Styles, S. J. (2017). Glyph guessing for ‘oo’ and ‘ee’: spatial frequency information in sound symbolic matching for ancient and unfamiliar scripts. Royal Society Open Science, 4(9), 170882.
Open materials: https://osf.io/xufmd/ 

Turoman N, Merkley R, Scerif G and Matusz P (2017) How Do Kids and Grown-Ups Get Distracted in Everyday Situations? Frontiers for Young Minds. 5(8). 1-9. 

Science Communication & Education

Educational event for teachers at the Cycle d'orientation de Sécheron, Geneva, CH
(21 Oct, 2021)
Held a lecture and interactive workshop for secondary school teachers on how working memory disorders manifest in the classroom, and how to support children with such problems as part of the educational event entitled “Mon élève n’apprend pas: Troubles neuro-développementaux et apprentissages”. 

P RECHECK: A checklist to evaluate COVID-19 preprints 
(Apr 2021 - July 2022)
Created a teaching tool in the form of a checklist to help scientifically-literate non-specialists critically evaluate preprints. Prepared and taught classes for psychology students and journalists at the University of Geneva on scientific publishing and preprints. 

MedGIFT writing workshop 
(23 Jan, 2020)
Collaborated on a blog post hosted on Medium.com entitled ‘How to ‘crack the code’ of the developing brain?’ 

Mysteres de l’UniL, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, CH
(23 - 26 May, 2019)
Presented interactive workshop: ‘Visual Problems: See the World Through Their Eyes’ including a dyslexia simulation task (4 days, approx. 140 children – one of the most popular exhibits) 

Jacobs Foundation’s Blog on Learning and Development (BOLD) 
(15 May 2019)
Blog post entitled ‘How to bridge the gap between families and the science of learning’. 

L'Hôpital des Nounours, CHUV, Lausanne, CH
(17 - 18 Nov, 2018)
Informing participating families on research work (my own, and in the field of developmental cognitive neuroscience) and recruiting interested families for ongoing research 

L'Hôpital des Nounours, CHUV, Lausanne, CH
(4 - 5 Nov, 2017)
Informing participating families on research work (my own, and in the field of developmental cognitive neuroscience) and recruiting interested families for ongoing research 

Frontiers for Young Minds: Understanding Neuroscience 
(March - May, 2017)
Author on: Turoman N, Merkley R, Scerif G and Matusz P (2017) How Do Kids and Grown-Ups Get Distracted in Everyday Situations? Frontiers for Young Minds. 5(8). doi: 10.3389/frym.2017.00008 
Science mentor/reviewer on: Myers T (2017) Getting Out of the Laboratory to Make Experiments Real: Can Sports Fans Influence Muay Thai Judges? Frontiers for Young Minds. 5(13). 

Food Matters Live, ExCel, London, UK 
(17 - 19 Nov, 2015)
Exhibiting experimental research as part of the Food Sensorium Attraction 

S oundislands Festival (SI15), Nanyang Technological University and ArtScience Museum, SG
(18 - 23 Aug 2015)
Interactive live demonstration of previous research work 

Contact

Université de Genève
Faculté de Psychologie et Sciences de l'éducation
Bureau 5170 - Uni Mail
40 Boulevard Pont d'Arve, 1205 Genève

Email: nora (.) turoman (at) unige (.) ch