I received my MSc cognitive Psychology and my PhD from Leiden University (2008). I held postdoctoral research positions at Bangor University before taking-up a lectureship in Stirling in 2013.
My work addresses a range questions in the psychology of language domain. Bilingualism: What is the influence of a bilingual upbringing on how a child learns and perceives language? Does/can a bilingual switch-off (aspects of) one language while speaking/ listening to another? The representation and processing of meaning in the brain: To what extent is meaning embodied in visual and motor areas of the brain? Is there hemispheric specialisation for meaning processing of pictures and words? Dyslexia: What are the relative contributions of deficits in visual and phonological processing in dyslexia? How are these deficits related to visual attention? Language production: Which processes are involved in selecting words before speech? How is conceptual preparation and selection words achieved? I use a variety of research methods: reaction times, error rates, eye tracking, pupillometry, Event Related Potentials (ERPs), and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). I combine eye tracking with and ERP recording to study the relation between visual attention and ERP components. I also combine TMS with ERP recording and am currently setting-up a wireless EEG lab for children. Teaching I teach on: Introduction to Psychology; Developmental Psychology (3rd year); Child Development (MSc); Research methods (MSc).