Learning new word meanings from story reading: the benefit of immediate testing

This work, led by Rachael Hulme and recently published in PeerJ explores vocabulary learning in adults from stories that were read in their native language.

A set of three experiments found that

  • New words learned incidentally through stories were less susceptible to forgetting over 24 hours compared with a more intentional vocab learning paradigm.
  • Vocab learning was strongly boosted when participants completed a brief test of the new vocab following story reading

See here for a twitter thread that summarises the key message.

Hulme RC, Rodd JM. 2021. Learning new word meanings from story reading: the benefit of immediate testing. PeerJ 9:e11693 


PhD Posters at the UCL PPG Cumberland Lodge Conference

Three PhD students in the Word Lab will be presenting posters of their research at the UCL PPG Cumberland Lodge Conference which will take place 27th-28th April. Links to these posters can be found below:


Following the Cumberland Lodge conference this week, we are pleased to announce that Eva was named the runner up in the poster competition. Congratulations, Eva!

Word Lab Talks at January EPS Meeting

Three members of the word lab will be giving talks at the EPS Meeting which will take place 8-9 January 2015 at the Department of Experimental Psychology at UCL. The titles and authors of the talks are listed below:

  • Zhenguang (Garry) Cai (UCL): ‘Embodied conceptualization in language production’
  • Grzegorz Maciejewski and Jennifer Rodd (UCL): ‘Does meaning acquisition entail meaning competition?’
  • Jennifer Rodd, Zhenguang (Garry) Cai, Matthew Davis, Gareth Gaskell
    (UCL, MRC CBU, Cambridge, University of York): ‘Speaker accent modulates access to word meanings’

Click HERE to see the full programme for the January EPS meeting including abstracts for the talks.