Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 263171
Loughborough University

Mathematics Education Centre

Centre Staff

Dr Iro Xenidou-Dervou

Lecturer in Mathematical Cognition

Tel +44 (0)1509 22 3070

Location SCH.1.43 (Schofield Building)


I completed my undergraduate studies at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece (BSc in Psychology) and my masters at Leiden University in the Netherlands (Research MSc in Developmental Psychology). Following this, I completed my PhD with Cum Laude distinction at the VU University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. My PhD project, titled “Setting the Foundations for Math Achievement: Working memory, Nonsymbolic and Symbolic Numerosity Processing”, focused on the cognitive underpinnings of children’s mathematical skills (see here). After my PhD, I took up a one-year joint postdoctoral position with the VU University of Amsterdam and the KU Leuven (Belgium). I joined the MEC as a Lecturer in Mathematical Cognition at the end of 2015.

Research areas

  • Mathematical cognition in children and adults.
  • Cognitive mechanisms underlying mathematical skills.
  • Cognitive developmental predictors of mathematical achievement.
  • The effect of language on mathematical cognition.

External activities


  • I collaborate with academics in Amsterdam, Utrecht, and Maastricht in the Netherlands, Leuven in Belgium, London in Ontario, Canada, and Tübingen in Germany. 
  • I am currently a member of the European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction (EARLI), the Special Interest Group (SIG) 22 of EARLI “Neuroscience and Education” and the East Midlands Mathematical Cognition Group (MCG).
  • 2015 – present: Member of the organizing committee of the 2016 SIG 22 Neuroscience & Education 4th biennial conference. 
  • 2012 – present: JURE assistant coordinator of the EARLI Special Interest Group (SIG) 22: Neuroscience & Education.

  • 2010 – 2012: Co-chair of the JURE 2012 conference organizing committee which took place in Regensburg, Germany.