Currriculum Vitae


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Work:  Department of  Cognitive Science 

Central European University, Budapest

Nador utca 9, 1051 Hungary 

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Phone: (36) 303493735

PERSONAL: born the 29th Novemer, 1945, in Sárisáp, Hungary. Married to Ottilia Boross, a Hungarian  psychologist working at the Péter Pázmány Catholic University at Piliscsaba, Hungary. One son, Dániel is a culture of website manager, one daughter, Kamilla is a veterinary doctor working in Africa, two stepsons, Aurél Gábris a physicist working in Prague and Krisztián Gábris a psychologist working in Budapest.



M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, 1969, 1970, M..A. in linguistics, 1973, at the same university.

PhD in  psychology on the basis of a dissertation entitled 

Story organization and memory, Budapest, 1983.

 "Doctor of psychology" on the basis of a dissertation entitled:

  The psycholinguistics of sentence understanding in Hungarian, 1997,   Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Corresponding member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 1998 

 Full member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS), 2004 

member, Academia Europae (London), from 2005

Deputy general secretary of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 2005-2008

Member, Standing Committee of the Humanities, ESF, 2009- 

Member, ERC, IDEAS program committee, 2007-

Founding president, CECOG, Central European CogSci Association, 2009- 




History of psychology  and cognitive science 

   (i) Academic and practical approaches in early twentieth

       century Hungarian psychology. 

  (ii) Evolutionary theory and psychology.

 (iii) Social change and social science in contemporary Hungary.

   (iv) Modularity and classical approaches to cognition.

  (v) Conceptual brain models and psychology.


Psychology of  language, with special focus on the specificity of Hungarian. Concerning language acquisition and language processing typologically  specific models for language performance are proposed on the basis experimental data.

Sentence understanding, comparative psycholinguistics, spatial systems and language.    

Cognitive development and its impairments: Hungarian studies on Williams syndrome and SLI children are organized n a longitudinal basis to look for the specificities off cognitive impairments in these groups, the modular or general nature of the cognitive disturbances, and their relations to language profiles. .