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.
Lecturer, University of the West of Scotland
Teaching assistant, University of Leeds
Visiting lecturer, University of Bedfordshire
University of Leeds, PhD
University College London, MSc Research Methods in Psychology
University of Bedfordshire, Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice
University of Bedfordshire, BSc Psychology
Social isolation during COVID‐19 lockdown impairs cognitive function, https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/acp.3821
Disambiguating the ambiguity disadvantage effect: Behavioral and electrophysiological evidence for semantic competition., https://psycnet.apa.org/record/2020-24389-001
The cost of learning new meanings for familiar words, https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/23273798.2019.1642500
Changes in diet, sleep, and physical activity are associated with differences in negative mood during COVID-19 lockdown, https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.588604/full
Relative Meaning Frequencies for 100 Homonyms: British eDom Norms, https://openpsychologydata.metajnl.com/articles/10.5334/jopd.28/
Exploring the measurement of markedness and its relationship with other linguistic variables, https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0157141