Nora Turoman

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetPhD Student, Lemanic Neuroscience Doctoral Program

Departments of Radiology and Clinical Neurosciences,
University Hospital Center (CHUV) and University of Lausanne (UniL), Switzerland



email: noraturoman [at]

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Training and Background

I obtained my bachelors degree in 2014 from an accelerated programme in Psychological Studies at the overseas branch of Cardiff Metropolitan University in Singapore. Afterwards, I was a research assistant in sensory psycholinguistics at the Brain Language and Intersensory Perception Lab at NTU, Singapore. During that position, under the supervision of Prof. Suzy Styles, I have carried out a study on crossmodal correspondences across the properties of speech sounds and visual letters. The interest in the cross-modal associations took me to Oxford University to study towards a MSc degree in Psychological Research at the Department of Experimental Psychology. Under the supervision of Prof. Charles Spence, I developed and carried out an independent study on the correspondence between visual shape and taste, for which I won the George Humphrey Prize for best research project.

Since October 2016, I have been working towards my PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Lausanne and the Lausanne University Hospital Centre (CHUV). As part of the GROWN group, and supervised by Dr. Paul Matusz, I investigate how attentional control mechanisms engaged by visual and multisensory objects develop over the course of primary education. Within the same project, I study the links between these mechanisms and educational skill attainment, specifically literacy and numeracy.

Research Interests

My research interests revolve around the following questions:

  • How do the brain and behavioural mechanisms of attentional control towards multisensory objects develop throughout childhood as a function of schooling experience
  • How these mechanisms affect school performance, chiefly literacy and numeracy attainment
  • How are they affected by factors such as temporal predictability and semantic congruence

Currenly, my research focuses on healthy and typically developing populations, however, in future, I would like to expand this focus onto populations with specific disorders such as dyslexia and dyscalculia.


  1. Matusz PJ*, Turoman N, Tivadar R, Retsa C, & Murray MM* (2019). Brain and cognitive mechanisms of top-down attentional control in a multisensory world: Benefits of electrical neuroimaging. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 31: 412-430. [DOI] [Pubmed]
  2. Tivadar RI, Retsa C, Turoman N, Matusz PJ, & Murray MM (2018) Sounds enhance visual completion processes. Neuroimage, 179:480-488 . [DOI] [Pubmed]
  3. Turoman N, Velasco C, Chen YC, Huang PC, & Spence CS (2018) Symmetry and its Role in the Crossmodal Correspondence between Shape and Taste. Attention, Perception and Psychophysics 3, 738-751. [DOI] [Pubmed]
  4. Turoman N, Styles SJ (2017) Glyph guessing for ‘oo’ and ‘ee’: spatial frequency information in sound symbolic matching for ancient and unfamiliar scripts. Royal Society Open Science, 4, 170882. [DOI] [Pubmed]
  5. Turoman N, Merkley R, Scerif G, & Matusz PJ (2017) How Do Kids and Grown-Ups Get Distracted in Everyday Situations?. Frontiers for Young Minds, 5, 8. [DOI] [link]

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