Jessica Ramos-Sanchez, MSc

PhD student

About me

I am a Ph.D. candidate at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior, currently working as part of the ‘Curiosity and Cognitive Development in Young Children’ project at the BabyBRAIN Lab. My previous research work has looked into how typically-developing children and children with developmental disorders (i.e., children with Down syndrome and children with dyslexia) can detect and learn from the regularities and information available in their daily environments to boost language perception and acquisition. For my PhD project, I will study children’s curiosity and active learning. Mainly, I am interested in exploring the factors that drive children’s curious exploration, the longitudinal development of curiosity, and how curiosity manifests and drives learning in children with developmental disorders (i.e., Autism).


Ramos-Sanchez, J., & Arias-Trejo, N. (2018). Lexical Phonological Networks in Children with Down Syndrome: An Initial Syllable Similarity Priming Task with an Eye-Tracking Method. In Proceedings of the Annual Meetings on Phonology (Vol. 5). [pdf]

Abbeduto, L., Arias-Trejo, N., Thurman, A.J., Ramos-Sanchez, J., & Del Hoyo Soriano, L. (2017). Language Development in Down Syndrome. In L. Abbeduto (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Down Syndrome and Development. OxfordUniversity Press.