Dr Laura Wakeford

Lecturer

School School of Applied Sciences

Department Division of Psychology and Forensic Sciences

Biography

I’m a Lecturer within the Division of Psychology and Forensic Sciences at Abertay. I completed my MA and ESRC-funded MSc and PhD in Psychology at the University of Dundee. Prior to joining Abertay in 2019, I worked on two research projects titled ‘Predicting Online Radicalisation’ (University of Bath) and ‘An Experimental Investigation of Syntactic Priming and the Lexical Boost in Language Production’ (University of Dundee).

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Interests

 As a cognitive psychologist, I am particularly interested in how attention is distributed during reading; or more specifically, whether we can lexically process more than one word at a time. This research has, in collaboration with Dr Wayne Murray, typically involved using eye tracking technologies to test models of eye movement control during reading.

More generally, I am also interested in the factors that influence language production. This involves further exploring the structural priming effect (i.e., the well-established finding that we are more likely to reproduce a syntactic structure we have just encountered rather than construct one anew), as well as measuring how language evolves to align with group affiliations as they develop over time.

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Meet the rest of the team

Dr Keith Sturrock

Dr Keith Sturrock

Division of Psychology and Forensic Sciences | Lecturer

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Professor Vera Kempe

Professor Vera Kempe

Division of Psychology and Forensic Sciences | Professor of Psychology and Language Learning

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