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Greg Maciejewski

Lecturer in Psychology, University of the West of Scotland

I am a cognitive psychologist, currently working in the School of Education & Social Sciences at the University of the West of Scotland. I lecture on cognition (language, attention, decision making), research methods, and statistics.

Broadly, my research is concerned with the psychology of language, especially language comprehension. I am interested in how we rapidly and accurately understand each other, even though most of the words we use have multiple interpretations (e.g., "money/river bank"). A key aim at present is to specify some of the factors and mental processes that contribute to successful comprehension of such words. I also study language learning in adults, addressing the issue of how skilled language use emerges via experience.

My interest in the psychology of language began with my MSc research at the University College London which explored learning new meanings for familiar words in adults. I then completed my PhD degree at the University of Leeds where I studied cognitive and neural mechanisms involved in the processing of ambiguous words.


  • 2019–present
    Lecturer, University of the West of Scotland
  • 2015–2019
    Teaching assistant, University of Leeds
  • 2012–2015
    Visiting lecturer, University of Bedfordshire


  • 2019 
    University of Leeds, PhD
  • 2014 
    University of Bedfordshire, Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice
  • 2014 
    University College London, MSc Research Methods in Psychology
  • 2012 
    University of Bedfordshire, BSc Psychology


  • 2021
    Social isolation during COVID‐19 lockdown impairs cognitive function,
  • 2020
    Changes in diet, sleep, and physical activity are associated with differences in negative mood during COVID-19 lockdown,
  • 2020
    The cost of learning new meanings for familiar words,
  • 2020
    Disambiguating the ambiguity disadvantage effect: Behavioral and electrophysiological evidence for semantic competition.,
  • 2016
    Exploring the measurement of markedness and its relationship with other linguistic variables,
  • 2016
    Relative Meaning Frequencies for 100 Homonyms: British eDom Norms,