Dr Janet McLean

Lecturer

School School of Applied Sciences

Department Division of Psychology and Forensic Sciences

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+44 (0)1382 30 8282

Biography

I completed my undergraduate degree in Maths and Psychology (1994) at Newcastle University. From there I went to Lancaster University and completed a PhD in Psychology (1999). My thesis, supervised by Professor Graham Hitch, looked at the role of working memory in children with arithmetic difficulties.

In 1999, I moved to a post as a research assistant at the University of Glasgow. This was to work on an ESRC grant "The mental representations of nouns and verbs" with Professors Martin Pickering and Holly Branigan. The group moved to the University of Edinburgh in 2000 and I was a research fellow there until February 2011. I joined Abertay University in August 2012.

2017/18

I am the Programme Leader for MSc Psychology, a one-year conversion masters for postgraduate students. This is an accredited masters programme that grants eligibility for Graduate Basis of Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Semester 2:

- PSY102 Introductory Psychology 2

- PSY302 Developmental Psychology

- PSY405 Language, Education and the Early Years

- PSY507 Developmental and Social Psychology (MSc)

Interests

My main research interest is in Language production. More specifically, how speakers choose between alternative syntactic structures, and also how this takes place in dialogue. This research includes investigating how children learn grammatical structures and whether how they process and represent language is different from adults.

I am also interested in the role of embodied cognition on social interaction; how much interlocutors share representations when communicating.

In addition, I am interested in how children develop numerical and arithmetical knowledge. This research looks at memory and processing differences in those with the arithmetic learning difficulty, dyscalculia.

2015

Exploring the dynamic relationship between emotion and referential communication

Moulds, D., McLean, J. F. & Kempe, V. (2015) Exploring the dynamic relationship between emotion and referential communication. . . p. 353. .
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What children learn from adults’ utterances

Branigan, H. P. & McLean, J. F. (2015) What children learn from adults’ utterances. . . p. 141-157. .
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Do you know what I know? The impact of participant role in children's referential communication

Branigan, H. P., Bell, J. & McLean, J. F. (2015) Do you know what I know? The impact of participant role in children's referential communication. . . .
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Do you what I say? People reconstruct the syntax of anomalous utterances

Ivanova, I., Branigan, H. P., McLean, J. F., Costa, A. & Pickering, M. J. (2015) Do you what I say? People reconstruct the syntax of anomalous utterances. . . p. 175-189. .
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2014

Mathematical difficulties as decoupling of expectation and developmental trajectories

McLean, J. F. & Rusconi, E. (2014) Mathematical difficulties as decoupling of expectation and developmental trajectories. . . .
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2013

Persistent structural priming and frequency effects during comprehension

Pickering, M. J., McLean, J. F. & Branigan, H. P. (2013) Persistent structural priming and frequency effects during comprehension. . . p. 890-897. .
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Nonconscious priming of communication

Pickering, M. J., McLean, J. F. & Krayeva, M. (2013) Nonconscious priming of communication. . . p. 77-81. .
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2012

Do addressees adopt the perspective of the speaker?

Pickering, M. J., McLean, J. F. & Gambi, C. (2012) Do addressees adopt the perspective of the speaker?. . . p. 261-269. .
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Is young children’s passive syntax semantically constrained? Evidence from syntactic priming

Messenger, K., Branigan, H. P., McLean, J. F. & Sorace, A. (2012) Is young children’s passive syntax semantically constrained? Evidence from syntactic priming. . . p. 568-587. .
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The comprehension of anomalous sentences

Ivanova, I., Pickering, M. J., Branigan, H. P., McLean, J. F. & Costa, A. (2012) The comprehension of anomalous sentences. . . p. 193-209. .
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Shared information structure: evidence from cross-linguistic priming

Fleischer, Z., Pickering, M. J. & McLean, J. F. (2012) Shared information structure: evidence from cross-linguistic priming. . . p. 568-579. .
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How do people produce ungrammatical utterances?

Ivanova, I., Pickering, M. J., McLean, J. F., Costa, A. & Branigan, H. P. (2012) How do people produce ungrammatical utterances?. . . p. 355-370. .
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2011

Lexical preference and global structure contributions to syntactic choice in sentence production

Huxley, C. J., McLean, J. F., Branigan, H. P. & Pickering, M. J. (2011) Lexical preference and global structure contributions to syntactic choice in sentence production. In: Case, word order and prominence: interacting cues in language production and comprehension. Lamers, M. (ed.), de Swart, P. (ed.). 1st ed., p. 303-325. London: Springer Netherlands.
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Conceptual influences on word order and voice in sentence production: evidence from Japanese

Tanaka, M. N., Branigan, H. P., McLean, J. F. & Pickering, M. J. (2011) Conceptual influences on word order and voice in sentence production: evidence from Japanese. . . p. 318-330. .
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Is children's acquisition of the passive a staged process? Evidence from six- and nine-year-olds' production of passives

Messenger, K., Branigan, H. P. & McLean, J. F. (2011) Is children's acquisition of the passive a staged process? Evidence from six- and nine-year-olds' production of passives. . . p. 991-1016. .
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Evidence for (shared) abstract structure underlying children’s short and full passives

Messenger, K., Branigan, H. P. & McLean, J. F. (2011) Evidence for (shared) abstract structure underlying children’s short and full passives. . . p. 268-274. .
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The role of beliefs in lexical alignment: evidence from dialogs with humans and computers

Branigan, H. P., Pickering, M. J., Pearson, J., McLean, J. F. & Brown, A. (2011) The role of beliefs in lexical alignment: evidence from dialogs with humans and computers. . . p. 41-57. .
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2010

Linguistic alignment between humans and computers

Branigan, H. P., Pickering, M. J., Pearson, J. & McLean, J. F. (2010) Linguistic alignment between humans and computers. . . p. 2355-2368. .
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Lexical and phonological effects on syntactic processing

Santesteban, M., Pickering, M. J. & McLean, J. F. (2010) Lexical and phonological effects on syntactic processing. . . p. 347-366. .
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2008

Children’s early acquisition of the passive

Thatcher, K., Branigan, H. P., McLean, J. F. & Sorace, A. (2008) Children’s early acquisition of the passive. In: Proceedings of the 2007 Child Language Seminar: 30th anniversary. Marinis, T. (ed.), Papangeli, A. (ed.), Stojanovik, V. (ed.). p. 187-196. Reading: University of Reading.
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English-speaking children's early passives

Messenger, K., Branigan, H. P., McLean, J. F. & Sorace, A. (2008) English-speaking children's early passives. In: Proceedings of the 32nd annual Boston University conference on language development. Chan, H. (ed.), Jacob, H. (ed.), Kapia, E. (ed.). p. 275-286. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.
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2006

Syntactic alignment and participant role in dialogue

Branigan, H. P., Pickering, M. J., McLean, J. F. & Cleland, A. A. (2006) Syntactic alignment and participant role in dialogue. . . p. 163-197. .
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The role of local and global syntactic structure in language production

Branigan, H. P., Pickering, M. J., McLean, J. F. & Stewart, A. J. (2006) The role of local and global syntactic structure in language production. . . p. 974-1010. .
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2005

Priming prepositional-phrase attachment during comprehension

Branigan, H. P., Pickering, M. J. & McLean, J. F. (2005) Priming prepositional-phrase attachment during comprehension. . . p. 468-481. .
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A blue cat or a cat that is blue? Evidence for abstract syntax in young children's noun phrases

Branigan, H. P., McLean, J. F. & Jones, M. (2005) A blue cat or a cat that is blue? Evidence for abstract syntax in young children's noun phrases. In: Proceedings of the 29th annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Brugos, A. (ed.), Clark-Cotton, M. (ed.), Ha, S. (ed.). p. 109-121. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.
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2004

Lexical repetition and syntactic priming in dialogue

McLean, J. F., Pickering, M. J. & Branigan, H. P. (2004) Lexical repetition and syntactic priming in dialogue. In: Approaches to studying world-situated language use: bridging the language-as-product and language-as-action traditions. Trueswell, J. (ed.), Tanenhaus, M. (ed.). p. 193-208. London: MIT Press.
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2003

Syntactic alignment between computers and people

Branigan, H. P., Pickering, M. J., Pearson, J., McLean, J. F. & Nass, C. I. (2003) Syntactic alignment between computers and people. In: Proceedings of the 25th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, July 31 - August 2 2003, Boston, Massachusetts. Alterman, R. (ed.), Kirsh, D. (ed.). p. 186-191. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
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Something old, something new

Branigan, H. P., McLean, J. F. & Reeve, H. (2003) Something old, something new. In: Proceedings of the 25th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, July 31 - August 2 2003, Boston, Massachusetts. Alterman, R. (ed.), Kirsh, D. (ed.). p. 180-185. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
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Effects of dialogue structure on the activation of syntactic information

Pickering, M. J., Branigan, H. P. & McLean, J. F. (2003) Effects of dialogue structure on the activation of syntactic information. In: Proceedings of the 25th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, July 31 - August 2 2003, Boston, Massachusetts. Alterman, R. (ed.), Kirsh, D. (ed.). p. 49. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
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2002

Constituent structure is formulated in one stage

Pickering, M. J., Branigan, H. P. & McLean, J. F. (2002) Constituent structure is formulated in one stage. . . p. 586-605. .
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2000

Syntactic priming in spoken production

Branigan, H. P., Pickering, M. J., Stewart, A. J. & McLean, J. F. (2000) Syntactic priming in spoken production. . . p. 1297-1302. .
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1999

Working memory impairments in children with specific arithmetic learning difficulties

McLean, J. F. & Hitch, G. J. (1999) Working memory impairments in children with specific arithmetic learning difficulties. . . p. 240-260. .
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1996

Graded nonword reading test

Snowling, M., Stothard, J. & McLean, J. F. (1996) Graded nonword reading test. . . London: Thames Valley Test.
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Funding

2002 Branigan, H.P. (P.I.), McLean, J. F. (Co-P.I.) Syntactic processing in spoken and written production. British Academy Small grant (£4828)

2000 Branigan, H.P. (P.I.), McLean, J. F. (Co-P.I.) Syntactic cooperation and communicative success in dialogue. Nuffield Foundation (£8996)

Esteem

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Outreach

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