Seta Kazandjian

Assistant Professor

  • Department: Psychology
  • Office: 
    PV-205
  • Office Hours: 
    Mondays & Thursdays 10:45 to 11:45

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Born in Lebanon and raised in California, Professor Kazandjian joined The American University of Paris (AUP) in 2008. After completing her psychology internship at NYU Langone Medical Center's Comprehensive Epilepsy Center and receiving her doctorate degree in psychology (clinical neuropsychology specialisation) from the City University of New York's Graduate School, she headed to Paris, France where she completed a two-year post-doctoral training as part of Fondation Ophtalmologique Rothschild's Vision and Cognition team. She stayed on at the lab for three more years, researching on the role of cultural differences on perception. In 2008, she joined the Psychology Department at AUP as an adjunct, teaching courses in biological psychology, cognitive psychology, and perception, later joining AUP as a part-time Assistant Professor. She also maintains an active private practice in Paris as a Clinical Neuropsychologist, where she sees both English and French speaking children and adults for assessments of their cognitive functioning, as well as for therapeutic and remediation interventions. She holds psychology licenses in both New York and California, and is a registered psychologist in France. 

Kazandjian's has vast experience of learning languages and moving between cultures (Armenian, Lebanese, American, and French) and locales. She is very interested in culture's role on perception and cognition. Her early research focused on the role of acculturation among immigrants on neuropsychological test performance. At Fondation Rothschild she looked into the role of reading direction and language on visual perception. Kazandjian's current research continues to look at culture on perception and cognition. Recently, she launched the Multicultural Neuropsychology Lab at AUP with the goal of learning from the international and multi-cultural community at AUP and gaining greater insight in the role of culture on perception and cognition. 

Kazandjian is an active member of the English-speaking professional community in Paris. She is serves as the President of SPRINT, a non-profit professional organization for children with special needs in France. She is also a member of several professional neuropsychological organizations in France and the United States.



Education/Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology. University of California, Los Angeles (1997)
  • Masters of Philosophy, Psychology. City University of New York, Queens College. (2003)
  • Doctorate, Psychology. The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, New York, NY, USA
  • Neuropsychology Subprogram at Queens College
  • Licenses in Psychology: New York and California, United States: Equivalence and Registration, France. 

Publications

Original Peer-Reviewed Articles (International Journals)
  • Coubard, O., Perez, C., Kazandjian, S., Gaudry, I., Marendaz, C., Guyader, N., Peyrin, C., & Chokron, S. (2011).  Visual demand and visual field presentation influence natural scene processing. Graefes Archives of Clinical Experimental Ophtalmology, 249, 223-32.
  • De Agostini, M., Kazandjian, S., Cavezian, C., Lellouch, J., & Chokron, S. (2010). Visual aesthetic preference: Effects of handedness, sex, and age-related reading/writing directional scanning experience.  Writing Systems Research, 2, 77-85.
  • Kazandjian, S., Cavezian, C, Zivotofsky, A. Z., & Chokron, S. (2010). Bisections in Two Languages: When Number Processing, Spatial Representation, and Habitual Reading Direction Interact. Neuropsychologia, 48(14):4031-7.
  • Kazandjian, S., Gaash, E., Love, I. Y., Zivotofsky, A. Z., & Chokron, S. (2010).  Spatial representations of action phrases among bidirectional readers: The effect of language environment and sentence complexity. Social Psychology, Special Issue: Spatial Constraints on Social Cognition42, 249-258.
  • Cavézian C, Vilayphonh M, de Agostini M, Vasseur V, Watier L, Kazandjian S, Laloum L, Chokron S. (2010).   Assessment of visuo-attentional abilities in young children with or without visual disorder: toward a systematic screening in the general population. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 31, 1102-8.
  • Kazandjian, S., Dupierrix, E., Gaash, E., Love, I. Y., De Agostini, M., Zivotofsky, A. Z., & Chokron, S. (2009).  Egocentric reference in bidirectional readers as measured by the straight- ahead pointing task.  Brain Research, 1247, 133-141.
  • Kazandjian, S., Borod, J.C., & Brickman, A. M. (2007). Facial emotional expression in unilateral stroke  patients:  Monologue  length  and  development  as  methodological  factors. Applied Neuropsychology, 14, 235-246.

 

Book Chapters
  • Chokron , S. , Kazandjian , S. , and De Agostini M. ( 2010 ). Cultural and biological interaction in visuospatial organization . In A. Maass and T. Schubert (eds), Spatial dimensions of social thought . Mouton de Gruyter, in press.
  • Chokron S., Kazandjian S, De Agostini, M. (2009). Effects of Reading Habits on Visuospatial Organization: A Critical Review. In A. Gari & K. Mylonas (Eds.), Quod Erat Demonstrandum:  From Herodotus’ Ethnographic Journeys to Cross-Cultural Research (pp. 107-114). Athens, Greece: Pedio Books.

 

Communications
  • Kazandjian, S., Zivotofsky, A. Z., & Chokron, S. (2010). Language environment on the spatial action representation of phrases in bilingual-bidirectional readers. Poster to be presented at the Donostia Workshop on Neurobilingualism, Donostia - San Sebastián, Spain, September 30th to October 2nd, 2010.
  • Kazandjian, S., Zivotofsky, A. Z., & Chokron, S. (2009). The Mental Number Line in  Bidirectional Readers. Oral presentation at Israel Society for Neuroscience Meeting, November, 2009, Eilat, Israel.
  • Kazandjian, S., Allen, L., Zivotofsky, A.Z., & Chokron, S. (2009). Bidirectional Reading on Cancellation Task Performance. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 15 (S1). Poster presented at the 37th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, February 10-13, 2009, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
  • Kazandjian, S., Gaash, E., Love, I., Zivotofsky, A. Z., & Chokron, S. (2008). Egocentric reference in bidirectional readers.  Oral presentation at Israel Society for Neuroscience Meeting, December 7-9, 2008, Eilat, Israel.
  • Kazandjian,  S.  &  Chokron,  S.  (2008).  Paying  attention  to  reading  direction.  Nature  Reviews Neuroscience, 12, 965.
  • Kazandjian, S, Perez, C, Grandjacques, B., De Agostini, M, & Chokron S. (2007).  Is there hemispheric specialization for aesthetic preference in homonymous hemianopia?  Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 13 (S2), 61. Poster presented at the Mid-Year Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Bilbao, Spain.
  • Coubard O., Perez C., Kazandjian S, Chokron S., (2007).Left-right asymmetries in natural scene perception. Tennet, Montreal, June 2007.
  • De Agostini, M. Kazandjian S, Lellouche J, Chokron S., (2007). Developmental effect in Aesthetic preference in Right- and Left-handers. Tennet, Montreal, June 2007.
  • Kazandjian, S. & Borod, J.C. (2007). Cross-Cultural Differences on Nonverbal Neuropsychological Tests. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 13 (S1). Poster presented at the 35th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Portland, Oregon.
  • Kazandjian, S., Borod, J., Manly, J. J., & Kluger, A. (2006). Effects of bilingualism and acculturation on the neuropsychological test performance of Armenian-Americans. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 12, pg. 77. Poster presented at the 34th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Boston, MA
  • Kazandjian, S., Borod, J.C., & Brickman, A. M. (2003). Facial emotional expression during monologues from unilateral stroke patients. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 9, pg. 187.  Poster  presented  at  the  31st   Annual  Meeting  of  the  International  Neuropsychological Society, Honolulu, HI

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