Anna Gowenlock joins the lab

Anna joins the lab this week as a Research Assistant working on projects funded by the ESRC. Her role involves assisting Lena Blott and Rachael Hulme on multiple projects exploring the different factors that can impact disambiguation skills and meaning comprehension.

She previously studied Linguistics at the University of Cambridge before coming to UCL in 2020 to complete an MSc in Language Sciences. Here she developed an interest in running behavioural experiments online and using these tools to understand more about how we process language. Her masters project explored how we make use of visual cues to enhance auditory perception of speech.

Welcome Back Rachael!

We’re delighted that Dr Rachael Hulme has rejoined the lab as a Postdoctoral Researcher working on our @ESRC project looking at the factors that lead to high-quality lexical-semantic knowledge

Rachael comes to us from Aston where she worked with Dr Jo Taylor and Dr Laura Shapiro on a project exploring vocabulary learning through reading.

Before that Rachael completed her PhD in vocabulary learning here in at UCL with Prof Jenni Rodd

She has recently published an important paper in PeerJ that reveals how immediate testing can boost retention of new vocabulary that is learned through story reading

She has also shown how incidental vocabulary learning from stories is influenced by the number of repetition of the critical words within the stories.

Prof Jenni Rodd to cycle 100 Miles for Kidney Research

On the 1-year anniversary of her Kidney Transplant Jenni will ride from Woolhampton (near Reading) to Addenbrooke’s hospital where her transplant operation took place

She is riding with her Kidney donor brother @ian_rodd on Sept 11th to raise money for @Kidney_Research

Click here for a link to their JustGiving page

or here for a link to a story in her local paper

Update!!!

Jenni and Ian successfully completed their ride. Things didn’t exactly go to plan with an exploding rear tyre necessitating an emergency trip to a local bike shop only 2 miles from where they started riding together.

Here is a picture of them happy, but tired, shortly after arriving into Addenbrookes.

see here for more information in Jenni’s local newspaper

Dominance Norms and Data for Spoken Ambiguous Words in British English

New pre-print from @BeckyAGilbert and @JenniRodd:

https://psyarxiv.com/qxzcu/

We collated data from a number of published experiments and pre-tests to construct a dataset of 29,533 valid word association responses for 243 spoken ambiguous words from participants from the United Kingdom. We provide summary dominance data for the 182 ambiguous words that have a minimum of 100 responses, and a tool for automatically coding new word association responses based on responses in our coded set, which allows additional data to be more easily scored and added to this database. All files can be found at: https://osf.io/uy47w/.