Dr Chloe Lane awarded 2019 Neil O'Connor Award by British Psychological Society

Congratulations to Dr Chloe Lane from the Department of Psychology, who has been awarded the Neil O'Connor award by the British Psychological Society.

The Neil O'Connor award recognises a piece of published research on cognitive disorders that appear in development and persist throughout life.

Neil O'Connor was one of the UK's foremost experimental psychologists, and a pioneer in applying experimental methods to the study of developmental disabilities. Friends, relatives and former colleagues have contributed to a trust fund that allows this award to be made annually.

As recipient of this award, Chloe will be invited to deliver a keynote address at the annual Developmental Section Annual Conference.

Chloe will also receive:

  • The Neil O'Connor Award Certificate
  • Full conference attendance at early bird rate inc. 2 nights accommodation
  • Up to £100 towards travel expenses

The award relates to the publication of the paper detailed below.

Lane, C., Milne, E., & Freeth, M. (in press). The cognitive profile of Sotos syndrome. Journal of Neuropsychology,

Abstract: Sotos syndrome is a congenital overgrowth disorder, associated with intellectual disability. Previous research suggests that Sotos syndrome may be associated with relative strength in verbal ability and relative weakness in non‐verbal reasoning ability but this has not been explicitly assessed. To date, the cognitive profile of Sotos syndrome is unknown. Cognitive abilities of a large and representative sample of individuals with Sotos syndrome (N = 52) were assessed using the British Ability Scales (BAS3). The majority of participants had intellectual disability or borderline intellectual functioning. The cluster score profile analysis revealed a consistent verbal ability > non‐verbal reasoning ability profile. Four specific criteria were proposed as the Sotos syndrome cognitive profile (SSCP): verbal ability > non‐verbal reasoning ability; quantitative reasoning T‐score or matrices T‐score <20th percentile; quantitative reasoning T‐score < mean T‐score; recognition of designs T‐score or recognition of pictures T‐score > mean T‐score. Of the 35 participants included in the profile analysis, 28 met all four SSCP criteria, yielding a sensitivity of 0.8. The sensitivity of each of the SSCP criteria was >0.9. Individuals with Sotos syndrome display a clear and consistent cognitive profile, characterized by relative strength in verbal ability and visuospatial memory but relative weakness in non‐verbal reasoning ability and quantitative reasoning. This has important implications for the education of individuals with Sotos syndrome.