Anna Fedor

  • Position:Postdoctoral researcher
  • Office:Room 510, Main Building, Birkbeck College, Malet Street
  • Phone:020 7631 6468
  • Fax:020 7631 6312
  • Email:fedoranna at

I completed my undergraduate, graduate and PhD studies as a biologist at Eötvös University, Budapest. I joined the Developmental Neurocognition Lab in January of 2011 to work in the WORD project with Michael Thomas. The aim of the project is to better understand word retrieval problems (or word finding difficulties) in children. As a part of the project, I will build an artificial neural network that models vocabulary development and its problems.

We all have the tip-of-the tongue experience sometimes, when we know that we know the word, we just can’t bring it out from the back of our minds. In some children this problem is so serious that it can influence their relationships, self-esteem and education. Researchers in the WORD project will try to better understand this problem, by collecting data from children with typically developing language and others with word-finding difficulties. These data will be used to validate connectionist models for vocabulary development in the two groups. The model will be used to predict the optimal intervention strategy for children with different profiles for word-finding difficulties and finally, experimentally controlled intervention will test these strategies.


István Zachar, Anna Fedor, Eörs Szathmáry (submitted). Stochastic Simulation of the Chemoton in BlenX.

Anna Fedor, Máté Varga, Eörs Szathmáry (submitted). Semantics boosts syntax in artificial grammar learning tasks with recursion.

Anna Fedor, Péter Ittzés, Eörs Szathmáry (2010). Parsing recursive sentences with a connectionist model including a neural stack and synaptic gating. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 271, 100–105.

Fedor Anna, Ittzés Péter, Szathmáry Eörs (2010). A nyelv evolúciójának biológiai háttere. (Biological background of language evolution). Magyar Tudomány, 171,, 541-548.

Anna Fedor, Péter Ittzés and Eörs Szathmáry (2009). The biological background of syntax evolution. In: Biological foundations and origin of syntax, , pp. 15-40. Eds.: Bickerton, D., and Szathmáry, E. Strüngmann Forum Report, vol. 3. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

Anna Fedor, Jens Brauer, David Caplan, Angela D. Friederici, Balázs Gulyás, Peter Hagoort, Tatjana Nazir, Csaba Pléh and Wolf Singer (2009). What are the brain mechanisms underlying syntactic operations? In: Biological foundations and origin of syntax, , pp. 299-324. Eds.: Bickerton, D., and Szathmáry, E. Strüngmann Forum Report, vol. 3. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

Anna Fedor, Vera Vasas (2009). The robustness of keystone indices in food webs. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 260, , 372–378.

Anna Fedor, Gabriella Skollár, Nóra Szerencsy, Mária Ujhelyi (2008). Object permanence tests on gibbons (Hylobatidae). Journal of Comparative Psychology, 122, , 403-417.

Eörs Szathmáry, Zoltán Szatmáry, Péter Ittzés, Gergő Orbán, István Zachár, Ferenc Huszár, Anna Fedor, Máté Varga, Szabolcs Számadó (2006). In silico Evolutionary Developmental Neurobiology and the Origin of Natural Language. In: Emergence of Communication and Language, Springer, Eds: Caroline Lyon, Chrystopher Nehaniv, Angelo Cangelosi.