||Department of Psychology
University of York
York YO10 5DD
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and Memory Lab
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About my work
I carry out research on
language, sleep, memory and the interaction between these areas.
Some particular questions that interest are:
Our NEW three-bed
lab allows polysomnographic recording during sleep.
- How does sleep affect our recent memories?
- What happens to knowledge when we sleep?
- How do we learn new words?
- What neural systems underlie these abilities?
- What is the structure of the mental lexicon?
- How do we process speech and deal with variations in the
sounds of words?
Our new Sleepsmart
study is live - we are researching the involvement of sleep in
memory consolidation and language learning during development.
With Lisa Henderson, Courtenay Norbury, Scott Cairney, Fay
Fletcher, Victoria Knowland, Natasha Thompson and Sarah Walker.
With Nicolas Dumay,
Lindsay and Anna
Weighall I've been working on how word representations
become established in the mental lexicon, and how sleep affects
our language knowledge (funded by the MRC, ESRC and Leverhulme
Trust). A recent workshop
examined this issue and is the basis of a Philosophical Transactions of the
Royal Society B theme
Jelena Mirković and I are examining how sleep
affects the learning and consolidation of different kinds of
linguistic mappings that differ in systematicity and consistency
(funded by the ESRC).
and I have been exploring the reactivation of memories during sleep,
funded by a three-year ESRC grant.
I was part of a recent EU Marie Curie RTN (Sound to Sense). The
project I was involved in (with NoŽl
) examines the
perception and production of variants in speech
Cleland and Jakke
Tamminen, I have investigated informational bottlenecks in
speech perception (funded by a BBSRC grant).
about psycholinguistics research at York, and information
for potential graduate students.
I teach first and second year
units on language, and a third year module on the Cognitive
Psychology of Sleep.
I joined York Psychology
Department in 1999 after a two-year spell at the MRC Cognition and Brain
Sciences Unit in Cambridge. Before that I was a post-doc and
graduate student at the Centre
for Speech and Language, which was at Birkbeck College in London at
the time, and before that an undergraduate at Cambridge University.
Please see my Google
Scholar page for an up-to-date list of publications.
Powerpoints from my talks at SSoL (August 2018) are available here.