Associate Professor Sonia White

Associate Professor Sonia White is an expert in cognitive neuroscience (EEG) and eye tracking research methods. Sonia’s research is distinctly transdisciplinary and translational – she conducts both experimental and classroom-based research with multidisciplinary teams that helps education and health professionals better support children’s learning processes and development. As Co-Leader of the Healthy Child program and contributor to the Educated Child program, Sonia will facilitate and develop research that explores the interrelationships between digital experiences (recreational and educational) and aspects of healthy development, cognition, and learning. Sonia hopes that her work in the Centre will inform evidence-based guidelines and practices that minimise uncertainty and harness opportunities of digital technologies.

Sonia has led and contributed to a number of competitively funded research projects, including three ARC projects and two philanthropic grants. Sonia was lead investigator of the Children’s Vision research program at QUT, leading a team of education, optometry and vision science researchers to investigate the impact of vision and vision impairment on children’s learning and learning outcomes. She was an invited Australian contributor to The Sage Handbook of Developmental Psychology and Early Childhood Education, sole authoring a chapter on number concept development in early childhood.

Earliest digital memory
In primary school we had a single computer at the back of the classroom. Time on the computer was used as a reward and therefore special. Also, who could ever forget that distinctive sound of dial-up internet!?

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