James Brand

Research Associate, PhD student

Research Overview

For more information visit https://jamesbrandscience.github.io

How do cognitive biases shape our language? My research focuses on the different ways that our language is shaped by the brain, addressing how language acquisition and use can explain many fundamental properties of language. I adopt a variety of experimental techniques (such as cross-situational, artificial language and iterated learning paradigms) which is complimented by corpus based analyses, in order to produce robust and comprehensive empirical evidence. This approach is highly multidisciplinary, with the aim being to answer and generate research questions that have implications for areas of psychology, linguistics and the cognitive sciences.

The changing role of sound symbolism for small versus large vocabularies
Brand, J., Monaghan, P., Walker, P. 9/10/2017 In: Cognitive Science.
Journal article