Hulme, R. C., & Rodd, J. M. (2022). The role of sleep in learning new meanings for familiar words through stories. Preprint:

Hulme, R. C., Begum, A., Nation, K., & Rodd, J. M. (2022). Diversity of narrative context disrupts the early stage of learning the meanings of novel words. Preprint:

Mak, M.H.C., Curtis, A.J.,  Rodd, J.M., Gaskell, M.G. (2022). Episodic memory and sleep are involved in the maintenance of context-specific lexical information. Pre-print:

Blott, L.M., Gowenlock,A., Nation, K., Rodd, J.M. (2022). Piloting a novel web-based paradigm to measure disambiguation skill in adults. Pre-print:

Norman, R., Hulme, R.C., Sarantopoulos, C., Chandran, V., Shen, H., Rodd, J.M., & Taylor, J.S.H. (2022). Contextual diversity during word learning through reading benefits generalisation of learned meanings to new contexts. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, Online First.

Blott, L.M., Hartopp, O., Nation, K., Rodd, J.M. (2022). Learning About the Meanings of Ambiguous Words: Evidence from a Word-meaning Priming Paradigm with Short Narratives. PeerJ, 10, e14070.

Poort, E. D, & Rodd, J. M. (2022). Cross-lingual priming of cognates and interlingual homographs from L2 to L1. Glossa Psycholinguistics, 1(1).

Curtis, A.J., Mak, M.H.C., Chen, S., Rodd, J.M., Gaskell, M.G. (2022). Word-meaning Priming Extends Beyond Homonyms. Cognition. 226, 105175.

MacGregor, L. J., Gilbert, R. A., Balewski, Z., Mitchell, D. J., Erzinçlioğlu, S. W., Rodd, J. M., Duncan, J., Fedorenko, E., & Davis, M. H. (2022). Causal contributions of the domain-general (Multiple Demand) and the language-selective brain networks to perceptual and semantic challenges in speech comprehension. Neurobiology of Language, 1–78.

Rodd, J.M. (2022). Word meaning access: The one-to-many mapping from form to meaning. In Papafragou, A. Trueswell, J.C., & Gleitman, L.R. (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the Mental Lexicon. Oxford University Press. Pre-print:

Gilbert, R.A., Rodd, J.M. (2021). Dominance Norms and Data for Spoken Ambiguous Words in British English. Journal of Cognition, 5(1), 4. DOI:

Hulme, R.C., Rodd, J.M. (2021). Learning new word meanings from story reading: the benefit of immediate testing. PeerJ 9:e11693

Gilbert, R.A., Davis, M.H., Gaskell, M.G., Rodd, J.M. (2021) The relationship between sentence comprehension and lexical-semantic retuning. Journal of Memory and Language 116, 104188DOI:

Blott, L.M., Rodd, J.M., Ferreira, F., Warren, J.E. (2020). Recovery from misinterpretations during online sentence processing. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. Advance online publication. DOI:

Gong, C., Rodd, J.M., (2020). A cognitive offloading perspective on the modality effect in note-taking. PsyArxiv. DOI: 10.31234/

Kadem, M., Herrmann, B., Rodd, J.M., Johnsrude, I.S. (2020). Pupil dilation is sensitive to semantic ambiguity and acoustic degradation. Trends in Hearing 24, 2331216520964068. DOI:

Rodd, J.M. (2020). Settling into semantic space: An ambiguity-focused account of word-meaning access. Perspectives on Psychological Science 15 (2), 411-427. DOI:

MacGregor, L.J., Rodd, J.M., Gilbert, R.A., Hauk,O., Sohoglu, E., Davis, M.H. (2020). The neural time course of semantic ambiguity resolution in speech comprehension. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 32 (3), 403-425. DOI:

Blott, L. M. (2020) Down the garden-path and back again: Factors contributing to successful recovery from ambiguity-related misinterpretations. Doctoral thesis, UCL (University College London).

Poort, E. D., & Rodd, J. M. (2019). A Database of Dutch–English Cognates, Interlingual Homographs and Translation Equivalents. Journal of Cognition, 2(1), 15. DOI:

Maciejewski, G., Rodd, J.M., Mon-Williams, M & Klepousniotou, E. (2019). The cost of learning new meanings for familiar words, Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, DOI: 10.1080/23273798.2019.1642500

Rodd, J.M., (March 2019). How to Maintain Data Quality When You Can’t See Your Participants. Observer Magazine.

Poort, E.D., Rodd, J.M. (2019). Towards a distributed connectionist account of cognates and interlingual homographs: evidence from semantic relatedness tasks. PeerJ. 7:e6725

Gaskell, M.G., Cairney, S.A., &  Rodd, J.M. (2019). Contextual priming of word meanings is stabilized over sleep. Cognition 182, 109-126.

Hulme, R. C., Barsky, D., & Rodd, J. M. (2019). Incidental learning and long-term retention of new word meanings from stories: The effect of number of exposures. Language Learning 69 (1), 18-43.

Poort, E, D. (2019) The representation of cognates and interlingual homographs in the bilingual lexicon. Doctoral thesis, UCL (University College London).

Maciejewski, G., Rodd, J. M., Mon-Williams, M., & Klepousniotou, E. (2018). The cost of learning new meanings for familiar words [pre-print].

Gilbert, R. A., Davis, M. H., Gaskell, M. G., & Rodd, J. M. (2018). Listeners and Readers Generalize Their Experience With Word Meanings Across Modalities. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition 44(10), 1533-1561.

Betts, H. N., Gilbert, R. A., Cai, Z. G., Okedara, Z. B., & Rodd, J. M. (2018) Retuning of Lexical-Semantic Representations: Repetition and Spacing Effects in Word-Meaning Priming. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. 44(7), 1130-1150.

Hallam, G. P., Thompson, H. E., Hymers, M., Millman, R. E., Rodd, J. M., Lambon Ralph, M. A., Smallwood, J., and Jefferies, E. (2018). Task-based and resting-state fMRI reveal compensatory network changes following damage to left inferior frontal gyrus. Cortex, 99, 150-165.

Rodd, J. M. (2018). Lexical Ambiguity. In Gaskell, M. G. & Rueschemeyer, S.-A. (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Psycholinguistics. Oxford University Press. Pre-print:

Hulme, R.C. (2018) Incidental learning of new meanings for familiar words. Doctoral thesis, UCL (University College London).

Betts, H.N. (2018) Retuning lexicalsemantic representations on the basis of recent experience. Doctoral thesis, UCL (University College London).

Cai, Z. G., Gilbert, R. A., Davis, M. H., Gaskell, M. G., Farrar, L., Adler, S., & Rodd, J. M. (2017). Accent modulates access to word meaning: Evidence for a speaker-model account of spoken word recognition. Cognitive Psychology, 98, 73-101.

Poort, E. D., & Rodd, J. M. (2017). The cognate facilitation effect in bilingual lexical decision is influenced by stimulus list composition. Acta Psychologica, 180, 52-63.

Poort, E. D., & Rodd, J. M. (2017, May 30). Studies of cross-lingual long-term priming [preprint]. Retrieved from

Rodd, J. M. & Davis, M. H. (2017). How to study spoken language understanding: a survey of neuroscientific methods. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience,  1-13.

Rodd, J. M., Cai, Z. G., Betts, H. N., Hanby, B., Hutchinson, C., & Adler, A. (2016). The impact of recent and long-term experience on access to word meanings: Evidence from large-scale internet-based experimentsJournal of Memory and Language, 87, 16-37.

Poort, E. D., Warren, J. E., Rodd, J. M. (2016). Recent experience with cognates and interlingual homographs in one language affects subsequent processing in another language. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 19 (1), 206-212.

Wang, R., Fan, X., Liu, C., & Cai, Z. G. (2016). Cognitive control and word recognition speed influence the Stroop effect in bilinguals. International Journal of Psychology, 51 (2), 93-101.

Vitello, S. & Rodd, J. M. (2015). Resolving semantic ambiguities in sentences: Cognitive processes and brain mechanismsLanguage and Linguistics Compass, 9 (10), 391-405.

Rodd, J. M., Vitello, S., Woollams, A. M., & Adank, P. (2015). Localising semantic and syntactic processing in spoken and written language comprehension: An activation likelihood estimation meta-analysis. Brain and Language, 141, 89-102.

Johnsrude, I. S., & Rodd J. M. (2015). Factors that increase processing demands when listening to speech. In Hickok, G., & Small. S. (Eds.) Neurobiology of Language (pp4930502). Academic Press.

Cai, Z. G., & Connell, L. (2015). Space-time interdependence: Evidence against asymmetric mapping between time and space. Cognition, 136, 268-281.

Cai, Z. G., Pickering, M. J., Wang, R., & Branigan, H. P. (2015). It is there whether you hear it or not: Syntactic representations of missing arguments. Cognition, 136, 255-267.

Dulcinati, G., Mazzarella, D., Pouscoulou, N., & Rodd, J. M. (2014). Processing metaphor: The role of conventionality, familiarity and dominance. (UCL Working Papers in Linguistics). University College London.

Vitello, S., Warren, J. E., Devlin, J. T., & Rodd, J. M. (2014). Roles of frontal and temporal regions in reinterpreting semantically ambiguous sentences. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8 (JULY), 1-14.

Vitello, S, (2014) Cognitive and Neural Mechanisms Underlying Semantic Ambiguity Resolution. Doctoral thesis, UCL (University College London).

Rodd J. M., Lopez Cutrin B., Kirsch H., Millar A., & Davis M. H. (2013) Long-term priming of the meanings of ambiguous words. Journal of Memory and Language, 68 (2), 180–198. PDF.

Rodd, J. M., Berriman, R., Landau, M., Lee, T., Ho. C., Gaskell M. G., & Davis, M. H. (2012) Learning new meanings for old words: effects of semantic relatedness. Memory and Cognition, 40 (7), 1095-1108. PDF.

Rodd, J. M.,  Johnsrude, I. S. & Davis, M. H. (2012). Dissociating frontotemporal contributions to semantic ambiguity resolution in spoken sentences. Cerebral Cortex, 22 (8), 1761-1773. PDF.

Tahmasebi A., Davis M. H., Wild, C., Rodd, J. M., Hakyemez, H., Abolmaesumi, P., & Johnsrude I. S. (2012). Is the link between anatomical structure and function equally strong at all cognitive levels of processing? Cerebral Cortex, 22 (7), 1593-1603.PDF.

Bekinschtein, T. A., Davis, M. H., Rodd, J. M., & Owen, A. M. (2011). Why clowns taste funny: The relationship between humor and semantic ambiguity. Journal of Neuroscience, 31 (26), 9665-9671. PDF.

Davis, M. H. and Rodd, J. M. (2011). Brain structures underlying lexical processing of speech: Evidence from brain imaging. In Gaskell, G. & Zwitserlood, P. (Eds), Lexical representation: A multidisciplinary approach (pp 197-230). Mouton de Gruyter. PDF.

Rodd, J. M., Davis, M. H. & Johnsrude, I. S. (2010) The role of domain-general frontal systems in language comprehension Evidence from dual-task interference and semantic ambiguity. Brain and Language, 115 (3), 182-188). PDF.

Rodd, J. M., Longe, O. A., Randall, B. & Tyler, L. K. (2010). The functional organisation of the front-temporal language system: evidence from syntactic and semantic ambiguity. Neuropsychologia, 48 (5), 1324-1335. PDF.

Coleman, M. R., Davis, M. H., Rodd, J. M., Robson, T., Ali, A., & Owen, A. M. (2009). Towards the routine use of functional magnetic resonance imaging to aid the clinical diagnosis of disorders of consciousness. Brain, 132, 2541-2552. PDF.

Davis, M. H., Coleman, M. R.,Absalom, A. R., Rodd, J. M., Johnsrude, I. S., Matta, B. F., Owen, A. M., & Menon, D. K. (2007). Dissociating speech perception and comprehension at reduced levels of awareness. PNAS, 104 (41), 16032-16037. PDF.

Coleman, M. R.*, Rodd, J. M.*, Davis, M. H. Johnsrude, I. S., Menon, D. K., Pickard, J. D., & Owen, A. M., (2007). Do vegetative patients retain aspects of language comprehension? Evidence from fMRI. Brain, 130, 2494-2507.(* These authors contributed equally to this work.) PDF.

Schwarzbauer, C., Davis, M. H., Rodd, J. M., & Johnsrude, I. (2006). Interleaved silent steady state (ISSS) imaging: A new sparse imaging method applied to auditory fMRI. Neuroimage, 29 (3), 774-782. PDF.

Owen, A. M., Coleman, M. R., Menon, D. K., Berry, E. L., Johnsrude, I. S., Rodd, J. M., Davis, M. H., & Pickard, J. D. (2005). Using a heirarchical approach to investigate residual auditory cognition in persistent vegetative state. Progress in Brain Research, 150, 457-471.

Owen, A. M., Coleman, M. R., Menon, D. K., Johnsrude, I. S., Rodd, J. M., Davis, M. H., Taylor, K., & Pickard, J. D. (2005). Residual auditory function in persistent vegetative state: A combined PET and fMRI study. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 15 (3/4), 290-306.

Rodd, J. M., Davis, M. H. & Johnsrude, I. S. (2005). The neural mechanisms of speech comprehension: fMRI studies of semantic ambiguity. Cerebral Cortex, 15, 1261-1269.

Moss, H. E., Rodd, J. M., Stamatakis, E. A., Bright, P. & Tyler, L. K. (2005). Anteromedial temporal cortex supports fine grained differentiation among objects. Cerebral Cortex, 15, 616-627. 

Rodd, J. M. (2004). When do leotards get their spots? Semantic activation of lexical neighbours in visual word recognition. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 11 (3), 434-439. PDF.

Rodd, J. M. (2004). The effect of semantic ambiguity on reading aloud: A twist in the tale. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 11 (3), 440-445.

Rodd, J. M., Gaskell, M. G. & Marslen-Wilson, W. D. (2004). Modelling the effects of semantic ambiguity in word recognition. Cognitive Science, 28 (1), 89-104.

Tyler, L. K., Stamatakis, E. A., Bright, P., Acres,K., Abdallah, S., Rodd, J. M., & Moss, H. E. (2004). Processing objects at different levels of specificity. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 16(3), 351-362.

Randall, B., Moss, H. E., Rodd, J. M., Greer, M. & Tyler, L. K. (2004). Distinctiveness and correlation in conceptual structure: Behavioural and computational studies. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition, 30 (2), 393-406.

Rodd, J. M., Gaskell, M. G. & Marslen-Wilson, W. D. (2002). Making sense out of ambiguity: Semantic competition in lexical access. Journal of Memory & Language, 46 (2), 245-266.