University of Manchester
My research interests are in the broad area of human language processing. I study people’s eye-movements as they read in order to gain insights into the moment-by-moment processes that underlie written language comprehension.
I am a senior lecturer in the Division of Neuroscience and Experimental Psychology at the University of Manchester. After completing my undergraduate degree and Ph.D. at the University of Glasgow, I spent several years working in industry before taking up my current post. My research involves tracking people’s eye-movements every millisecond during reading to understand the processes involved in how people go from letters on a computer screen to meaning in the head. Most of my work examines discourse processing and how people build a coherent mental model corresponding to the narrative that they are reading. My most recent papers have centred on examining how people understand conditional statements and how they integrate knowledge about conditionals with their on-going discourse models.
Over the last few years, I have become increasingly engaged with the application of the principles of Open Science to research in Psychology. In 2018 I joined the UK Reproducibility Network to represent the University of Manchester. Following this, I co-founded the cross-faculty University of Manchester Open Science Working Group to provide a cross-discipline forum for those in the University who advocate open and reproducible science and to give them a chance to meet, exchange ideas, and share best practice. My vision for this fellowship is to develop this Open Science group further and for the group to be a component of a broader Open Science Hub across the North West. In addition, this fellowship will allow me to deliver workshops and talks on reproducibility in Psychology at other Universities in the North West and to help a broad community of students and colleagues engage with the principles of Open and Reproducible Science.
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