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Seta Kazandjian

Assistant Professor

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Professor Kazandjian joined AUP's faculty in 2008 teaching courses in cognitive psychology, perception, clinical neuropsychology, and neuroscience. She completed her doctorate in 2006 at the Neuropsychology subprogram at the City University of New York at Queens College.  She is a licensed psychologist in New York and California, and registered as a psychologist in France, with an active practice in Paris. 

Dr. Kazandjian's personal experiences with moving between cultures (Armenian, Lebanese, American, and French) and locales has led to her clinical and research interests in bi/multilingualism, acculturation, and transculturalism in cognition. Her early research focused on the role of acculturation among immigrants on neuropsychological test performance. Her postdoctoral work looked into the role of reading direction on visual perception.  Recently, she launched the Multicultural Neuropsychology Lab at AUP with the goal of learning from the international and multi-cultural community in Paris 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 also a member of several professional neuropsychological organizations in France and the United States.


  • 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. 


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.


  • 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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