Language research

Our main research focuses on understanding the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying language comprehension and production in healthy adults.  We are particularly interested in aspects of discourse processing such as anaphora, conditionals, and reported speech; the processing of emotional language and the processing of social language such as gossip.  We are also keen to apply basic language research findings to more applied issues such as the language used in advertising and journalism.

We use both experimental psychology methods (e.g. eye-tracking, self-paced reading, lexical decision, language production) and cognitive neuroscience methods (e.g. fMRI, EEG) in our research.

Principal investigators

Name Job title Email address
Andrew Stewart Senior Lecturer
Bo Yao Lecturer