Dr Janet McLean

Lecturer

School School of Social and Health Sciences

Department Division of Psychology

Contact info

+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)

Refereed Journal Articles

Ivanova, I., Branigan, H. P., McLean, J. F., Costa, A., & Pickering, M. J. (2017). Do you what I say? People reconstruct the syntax of anomalous utterances. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 32(2), 175-189.

Rusconi, E., & McLean, J. F. (2017). Nature/nurture and the origin of individual differences in mathematics: evidence from infant and behavioural genetics studies. The Nature and Development of Mathematics: Cross Disciplinary Perspectives on Cognition, Learning and Culture, 23.

Branigan, H. P., & McLean, J. F. (2016). What children learn from adults’ utterances: An ephemeral lexical boost and persistent syntactic priming in adult–child dialogue. Journal of Memory and Language.

Branigan, H. P., Bell, J., & McLean, J. F. (2016). Do you know what I know? The impact of participant role in children's referential communication. Frontiers in Psychology 7.

Pickering, M. J., McLean, J. F., & Krayeva, M. (2015). Nonconscious priming of communication. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 58, 77-81.

McLean, J.F., & Rusconi, E. (2014). Mathematical difficulties as decoupling of expectation and developmental trajectories. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8, 44.

Pickering, M. J., McLean, J. F., & Branigan, H. P. (2013). Persistent structural priming and frequency effects during comprehension. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 39(3), 890.

Messenger, K., Branigan, H. P., & McLean, J. F. (2012). Is children’s acquisition of the passive a staged process? Evidence from six and nine-year-olds’ production of passives. Journal of Child Language, 39, 991-1016.

Pickering, M.J., McLean, J. F., & Branigan, H.P. (2012). Persistent structural priming and frequency effects during comprehension. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 39. 890-897.

Pickering, M.J., McLean, J. F., & Gambi, C. (2012). Do addressees adopt the perspective of the speaker? Acta Psychologica, 141, 261-269.

Messenger, K., Branigan, H.P., McLean, J.F., & Sorace, A. (2012). Is young children’s passive syntax semantically constrained? Evidence from syntactic priming. Journal of Memory and Language, 66 (4), 568–587.

Ivanova, I., Pickering, M. J., Branigan, H. P., McLean, J. F., & Costa, A. (2012). The comprehension of anomalous sentences: Evidence from structural priming. Cognition, 122, 193-209.

Ivanova, I., Pickering, M. J., , McLean, J. F., Costa, A., & Branigan, H. P. (2012). How do people produce ungrammatical utterances? Journal of Memory and Language, 67, 355-370.

Branigan, H. P., Pickering, M. J., Pearson, J., McLean, J. F., & Brown, A. (2011). The role of beliefs in lexical alignment: Evidence from dialogues with humans and computers. Cognition, 121, 41-57.

Fleischer, Z., Pickering, M. J., & McLean, J. F. (2011). Shared information structure: Evidence from cross-linguistic priming. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 15 (3), 568-579.

Messenger, K., Branigan, H. P., & McLean, J. F. (2011). Evidence for (shared) abstract structure underlying children's short and full passives. Cognition, 121, 268-274.

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. Journal of Memory and Language, 65, 318-330.

Branigan, H. P., Pickering, M. J., Pearson, J. & McLean, J. F. (2010). Linguistic alignment between humans and computers. Journal of Pragmatics, 42, 2355-2368.

Santesteban, M., Pickering, M. J., & McLean, J. F. (2010). Lexical and phonological effects on syntactic processing: Evidence from syntactic priming. Journal of Memory and Language, 63, 347-366.

Branigan, H. P., Pickering, M. J., McLean, J. F. & Cleland, A. A. (2007). Syntactic alignment and participant role in dialogue. Cognition, 104, 163-197.

Branigan, H. P., Pickering, M. J., McLean, J. F. & Stewart, A. J. (2006). The role of local and global syntactic structure in language production: Evidence from syntactic priming. Language and Cognitive Processes, 21, 974–1010.

Branigan, H. P., Pickering, M. J. & McLean, J. F. (2005). Priming prepositional-phrase attachment during comprehension. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 31(3), 468-481.

Pickering, M. J., Branigan, H. P. & McLean, J. F. (2002). Constituent structure is formulated in one stage. Journal of Memory and Language, 46(3), 586-605.

Branigan, H. P., Pickering, M. J., Stewart, A. J. & McLean, J. F. (2000). Syntactic priming in spoken production: Linguistic and temporal interference. Memory and Cognition, 28, 1297-1302.

McLean, J. F. & Hitch, G. J. (1999). Working memory impairments in children with specific arithmetic learning difficulties. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 74(3), 240-260.

Refereed book chapters

Huxley, C., McLean, J.F., Branigan, H.P., & Pickering, M.J. (2012). Lexical preference and global structure contributions to syntactic choice in sentence production. In P. de Swart and M. Lamers (eds). Case, Word Order, and Prominence: Interacting Cues in Language Production and Comprehension. Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics, pp. 303-325. Springer, Dordrecht.

McLean, J. F., Pickering, M. J. & Branigan, H. P. (2004). Lexical repetition and syntactic priming in dialogue. In J. C. Trueswell & M. K. Tanenhaus (Eds). Processing world-situated language: Bridging the language as product and language as action traditions. Cambridge, Ma: MIT Press.

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