Dr Glenn Williams

Research Fellow

School School of Social and Health Sciences

Department Division of Psychology

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+44 (0)1382 30 8643

Biography

I graduated from Northumbria University in 2011 and 2012, obtaining my BSc (Hons) Psychology, and MRes Language & Cognition degrees respectively. Following this, I pursued a PhD in Psychology at the University of Dundee under the supervision of Dr. Yuki Kamide. Primarily using eye-tracking methods, my research focused on how we represent spatial events during discourse comprehension.

Having graduated from my PhD at the University of Dundee, I took up a Leverhulme-funded Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Abertay University under the supervision of Prof. Vera Kempe. With this project, our research focuses on literacy acquisition in situations of dialect exposure.

My research interests lie in language comprehension, literacy acquisition, sociolinguistics, and research methods and statistics. Find out about my recent projects at glennwilliams.me

Throughout my PhD I used eye-tracking methods to explore how and when spatial changes in a narrative influence accessibility for information during on-line language processing. For example, my research asked how the movement of a character (the central focus of the story) can influence how readily we attend to objects in new and old locations on mention, how association of an object with multiple locations can cause visual competition on mention, and how we can modulate accessibility for pairs of objects through association with the same or separate locations in a narrative. 

With Prof. Vera Kempe at Abertay, our research focuses on literacy acquisition in situations of dialect exposure. Specifically, we are using miniature artificial literacy learning to explore how phonological (e.g. 'house' vs. 'hoose' in Scots) and lexical shifts (e.g. 'child' vs. 'bairn' in Scots) affect the grapheme-phoneme mapping and performance on reading, writing, and listening tasks. Further to this, we are exploring ways to alleviate any possible deleterious effects of dialect exposure on literacy acquisition/performance (e.g. through meta-linguistic awareness/use of dialect specific spellings).

Outside of these two main threads of my research, my interests lie in visual attention, embodied cognition, and sociolinguistics.

Williams, G. P., Kukona, A., & Kamide, Y. (in preparation). Representing spatial shifts in discourse processing.

Williams, G. P., Kukona, A., & Kamide, Y. (submitted). Spatial effects on semantic competition in discourse processing.

Williams, G. P., Kukona, A., & Kamide, Y. (2015). Event structure infuences on object accessibility during competitive retrieval. In Ansorge, U., Ditye, T., Florack, A., & Leder, H. (Eds). Abstracts of the 18th European Conference on Eye Movements, 2015, Vienna. Journal of Eye Movement Research, 8(4):1, 56.

Williams, G. P., Kukona, A., & Kamide, Y. (2014). Representing spatial shifts in event processing.
In Bello P., Guarini M., McShane M., & Scassellati, B. (Eds.) Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (3107-3112). Austin TX: Cognitive Science Society.

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Conference Presentations

Williams, G. P., Kukona, A., & Kamide, Y. (2017). Modulating Conceptual (but not Perceptual) Competition in the Visual World. Poster presented at the 23rd Annual Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing (AMLaP) conference. Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK: September 2017.


Williams, G. P., Panayotov, N., & Kempe, V. (2017). Introducing the Artificial Literacy Learning Paradigm for Literacy Acquisition Research. Poster presented at the 23rd Annual Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing (AMLaP) conference. Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK: September 2017.


Williams, G. P., Panayotov, N., & Kempe, V. (2017). Does exposure to dialect variation help or hinder literacy acquisition? Symposium talk presented at the 20th Annual Conference of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology (ESCoP). The University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany: September 2017.


Williams, G. P., Kukona, A., & Kamide, Y. (2015). Spatial effects on semantic competition in discourse comprehension. Poster presented at the 21st Annual Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing (AMLaP) conference. The University of Malta, Valletta, Malta: September 2015.


Williams, G. P., Kukona, A., & Kamide, Y. (2015). Event structure influences on object accessibility during competitive retrieval. Talk presented at the 18th Biennial European Conference on Eye Movements (ECEM). The University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria: August 2015.


Williams, G. P., Kukona, A., & Kamide, Y. (2014). Spatial influences on object accessibility in discourse processing. Poster presented at the 20th Annual Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing (AMLaP) conference. The University of Edinburgh, UK: September, 2014.


Williams, G. P., Kukona, A., & Kamide, Y. (2014). Event structure influences on object updating: Accessing new representations in the visual world. Talk presented at the 7th Annual Embodied and Situated Language Processing (ESLP) conference. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: August, 2014.

Williams, G. P., Kukona, A., & Kamide, Y. (2014). Representing spatial shifts in event processing. Poster presented at the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Quebec City, Canada: July, 2014.


Williams, G. P., Kukona, A., & Kamide, Y. (2014). Event structure modulates accessibility for updated object representations during discourse processing. Talk presented at the Experimental Psychology Society (EPS) summer meeting. Newcastle University, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK: July, 2014.


Williams, G. P., Kukona, A., & Kamide, Y. (2013). Distinctive events outweigh distance: Representing spatial-shifts in discourse processing. Poster presented at the 19th Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing (AMLaP) conference. Aix-Marseille Universit´e, Marseille, France: September, 2013.


Williams, G. P., Kukona, A., & Kamide, Y. (2013). Representing distance and event-boundary shifts in language: Evidence from the blank-screen paradigm. Talk presented at the Fife-Tay Vision Group meeting. The University of Dundee, Dundee, UK: May, 2013.


Invited Talks

Are You More Likely to Find Your Key if the Lock is in Another Room? Effects of Spatial Configuration on Information Retrieval in Language Comprehension. Talk presented at Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK: 10th May 2017.

Representing Space in Discourse Processing. Talk presented at the University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK: 15th May 2015.

Outreach

2015

Using Eye Movements in Psychological Research. Demonstration presented at the Psychology Department Open Day; a student recruitment program for the University of Dundee. Dundee, UK, 11th March 2015.

2014

The Visual World Paradigm. Demonstration presented at the Psychology Department Open Day; a student recruitment program for the University of Dundee. Dundee, UK, 18th December 2014.

Understanding Eye Movements (Workshop). Co-presented with Shane Lindsay and Ross Macdonald at Engage Dundee; a public engagement event for primary school children (aged 8-10 years). University of Dundee, UK, 6th May 2014.

Eye Movements and Communication. Demonstration co-presented with Ross Macdonald at Test Drive Dundee; a student recruitment program for the University of Dundee, Dundee, UK, 29th April 2014.

2013

Eye Movements and the Mind (Workshop). Co-presented with Shane Lindsay and Ross Macdonald at Engage Dundee; a public engagement event for primary school children (aged 8-10 years). University of Dundee, UK, 15th May 2013.

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Dr George Lovell

Dr George Lovell

Division of Psychology | Lecturer

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Professor Vera Kempe

Professor Vera Kempe

Division of Psychology | Professor of Psychology and Language Learning

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