Our research addresses topics including:
- cognitive processing in language and numeracy
- the mental representation of written and spoken language
- language and literacy development across the lifespan from preschool through to older adults
- the effects of different writing systems on reading development
- the role of embodiment in language processing
We study our research questions in different ways including offline and online behavioural methods (e.g., eye tracking, reading times), neuroscientific methods (e.g., ERPs), and computational modelling. Our work is incorporated in two ESRC Research Centres: The ESRC International Centre for Language and Communicative Development and the Centre for Corpus Analysis in the Social Sciences.
Our Language and Literacy Research Group takes a multifaceted approach to investigating language in adults and children, including offline and online behavioural methods (e.g., eye tracking, reading times), neuroscientific methods (e.g., EEG/ERP), as well as computational modelling. Facilities to support this include a range of eye tracking systems and touchscreen computers, some of which can be taken offsite and a test library stocked with a wide range of psychometric assessments. We also have neurophysiological systems for EEG recording, and several cubicles for on-site computer-based research, each complete with desktop computers and a range of experimental software.