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Athanassios Protopapas

Basic Information

Title: Associate Professor
Area of Specialization: Cognitive Science
Division: Sciences of Cognition and Thinking

Contact details

Phone No. : (+30) 210 727 5540
Fax: (+30) 210 727 5530
E-mail: aprotopapas[at]phs.uoa[dot]gr
Office hours: Thursday 4:00-6:00 pm
Website: users.uoa.gr/~aprotopapas/
Contact address: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Department of Philosophy and History of Science (M.I.Th.E.)
University Campus, Ano Ilisia
15771, Athens

Academic information


  • 1997, PhD in Cognitive Science, Brown University, U.S.A.
  • 1995, ScM in Engineering, Brown University, U.S.A.
  • 1993, ScM in Cognitive Science, Brown University, U.S.A.
  • 1991, Degree in Physics, University of Patra, Greece.

Research interests

  • Perception of spoken and written language, word recognition, stress assignment.
  • Computational models of lexical representation, perception, and processing.
  • Implicit phonetic and lexical learning; theories and models of word learning.
  • Psychoeducational assessment of reading, language, and cognitive skills.
  • Methodological foundation and thematic extension of cognitive science.

Courses and Seminars


  • Cognitive Science
  • Statistics


  • Cognitive Science
  • Learning, Memory, Plasticity
  • Cognitive modeling laboratory
  • Perception of spoken & written words (seminar)

Selected Publications

  • Seitz, A. R., Protopapas, A., Tsushima, Y., Vlahou, E. L., Gori, S., Grossberg, S., & Watanabe, T. (2010). Unattended exposure to components of speech sounds yields same benefits as explicit auditory training. Cognition, 115, 435–443.
  • Protopapas, A. & Gerakaki, S. (2009). Development of processing stress diacritics in reading Greek. Scientific Studies of Reading, 13, 453–483.
  • Protopapas, A. & Vlahou, E. L. (2009). A comparative quantitative analysis of Greek orthographic transparency. Behavior Research Methods, 41, 991–1008.
  • Protopapas, A., & Nomikou, E. (2009). Rules vs. lexical statistics in Greek nonword reading. In N.A. Taatgen & H. van Rijn (Eds.) Proceedings of the 31st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1030–1035). Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • Protopapas, A., Archonti, A., & Skaloumbakas, C. (2007). Reading ability is negatively related to Stroop interference. Cognitive Psychology, 54, 251–282.
  • Protopapas, A., Sideridis, G. D., Simos, P. G., & Mouzaki, A. (2007). Development of lexical mediation in the relation between reading comprehension and word reading skills in Greek. Scientific Studies of Reading, 11, 165–197.
  • Protopapas, A., & Skaloumbakas, C. (2007). Computer-based and traditional screening and diagnosis of reading disabilities in Greek. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 40, 15–36.
  • Protopapas, A. (2006). On the use and usefulness of stress diacritics in reading Greek. Reading & Writing, 19, 171–198.
  • McCandliss, B. D., Fiez. J. A., Protopapas, A., Conway, M., & McClelland, J. L. (2002). Success and failure in teaching the [r]-[l] contrast to Japanese adults: Tests of a Hebbian model of plasticity and stabilization of spoken language perception. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, 2, 89–108.
  • Poldrack, R. A., Temple, E., Protopapas, A., Nagarajan, S., Tallal, P., Merzenich. M. M., & Gabrieli, J. D. E. (2001). Relations between the neural bases of dynamic auditory processing and phonological processing: Evidence from fMRI. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 13, 687–697.
  • Ahissar, M., Protopapas, A., Reid, M., & Merzenich, M. M. (2000). Auditory processing parallels reading abilities in adults. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the U.S.A., 97, 6832–6837.
  • Protopapas. A. (1999). Connectionist modeling of speech perception. Psychological Bulletin, 125, 410–436.

Additional Information

  • Principal Researcher at the Institute for Language & Speech Processing, September 2000–June 2010.
  • Scientific director for the development of computerized screening software for reading and language learning disabilities in Grades 2–8.
  • Creator of ILSP PsychoLinguistic Resources (speech.ilsp.gr/iplr), CheckVocal software for checking vocal responses (http://www.ilsp.gr/homepages/protopapas/checkvocal.html), apa.cls LaTeX document class according to the APA format (http://www.ilsp.gr/homepages/protopapas/apacls.html), and the first complete Greek font set for web browsing under X-windows (http://www.hri.org/fonts/unix/#fonts).
  • Member of the Editorial Board, Scientific Studies of Reading (since 2010).
  • Visiting researcher at the Universities of Pittsburgh (Department of Psychology) and Boston (Department of Cognitive and Neural Systems) (2005).