I joined the School of Psychology in 2006 as a Lecturer and have been a Senior Lecturer since 2013. I received my MA (1998) from the University of Glasgow and my PhD (2002) from the University of Edinburgh (supervised by Professor Martin Pickering and Professor Holly Branigan). Following my PhD, I held an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh, and was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of York (2003-2006, working with Professor Gareth Gaskell and Dr Philip Quinlan) before coming to the University of Aberdeen. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
My research interests include psycholinguistics and numerical cognition. I am interested in the factors affecting sentence production as well as the relationship between attention and language. Current ongoing projects include investigating the production of idiomatic language (in collaboration with Dr Emily Nordmann) and bilingual language processing (with Jennifer Mattschey). I am also interested in numerical cognition, especially the relationship between number and space (in collaboration with Dr Rebecca Bull). Previous PhD students include Dr Emily Nordmann, Dr Bernadet Jager and Dr Tom Mitchell. Key collaborators include Dr Emily Nordmann (University of Aberdeen), Dr Rebecca Bull (National Institute of Education, Singapore), and Dr Alissa Melinger (University of Dundee).
Level 3 Memory and Language Coordinator
Member of School Management Group
Chair of Postgraduate Committee
Member of External Liaison Committee
Chair of Marketing Team
- Factors influencing language production
- The relationship between language and attention
- Numerical cognition
I am currently accepting PhDs in Psychology.
Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.
- Level 2: Language & Cognition (in PS2517)
- Level 3: Memory & Language (PS3519)
- Level 4: Advanced Topics in Language (optional course in PS4036)
- MRes: Making Funding Applications
- Small group teaching and project supervision at Levels 3 & 4
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Non-symbolic numerosities do not automatically activate spatial-numerical associations: Evidence from the SNARC effectQuarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, vol. 73, no. 2, pp. 295-308Contributions to Journals: Articles
Automaticity of access to numerical magnitude and its spatial associations: the role of task and number representationJournal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, vol. 45, no. 2, pp. 333-348Contributions to Journals: Articles
Polysemy Advantage with Abstract But Not Concrete WordsJournal of Psycholinguistic Research, vol. 45, no. 1, pp. 143-156Contributions to Journals: Articles
Polysemy in the mental lexicon: Relatedness and frequency affect representational overlap.Language cognition and neuroscience, vol. 31, no. 3, pp. 425-429Contributions to Journals: Articles
The role of numerical and non-numerical cues in non-symbolic number processing: evidence from the line bisection taskQuarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, vol. 68, no. 9, pp. 1844-1859Contributions to Journals: Articles
Connecting the research fields of lexical ambiguity and figures of speech: Polysemy effects for conventional metaphors and metonymsThe Mental Lexicon, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 133-151Contributions to Journals: Articles
Familiarity breeds dissent: Reliability analyses for British-English idioms on measures of familiarity, meaning, literality, and decomposabilityActa Psychologica, vol. 149, pp. 87-95Contributions to Journals: Articles
Cat got your tongue? Using the tip-of-the-tongue state to investigate fixed expressionsCognitive Science, vol. 37, no. 8, pp. 1553-1564Contributions to Journals: Articles
Sex differences in the spatial representation of numberJournal of Experimental Psychology: General, vol. 142, no. 1, pp. 181-192Contributions to Journals: Articles
Implicit response-irrelevant number information triggers the SNARC effect: Evidence using a neural overlap paradigmQuarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, vol. 65, no. 10, pp. 1945-1961Contributions to Journals: Articles