Former organisational unit. 3/11/14. Taken over by Language, Memory and Attention


Organisation profile

The ACC Research Group is a dynamic group of internationally renowned researchers integrating a variety of psychological approaches to understanding adult and child cognition. Our state-of-the-art facilities enable us to study typical and atypical populations using behavioural techniques, eye-tracking and EEG, neuroimaging, and computational modelling.

Our specific areas of interest and expertise are outlined below:

Attention: The link between attention and awareness; attentional capture; the role of working memory in successful selective attention; attentional processes as they occur within and between the different sensory modalities.

Eye-witness testimony: Factors influencing the reliability of an eyewitnesses’ memory; developing good practice in the collection and evaluation of identification evidence; archival analyses of real identification decisions by real witnesses; mock juror perceptions of witness credibility; investigative interviewing and evaluations of truthfulness.

Literacy, Language and Communication (LiLaC): Overlap between autism spectrum disorders and more specific language impairments, use of eye-movement paradigms in atypical populations to explore language comprehension and language production processes in real time, word learning and reading comprehension in children with developmental disorders.

Infant Cognitive development: Development of physical knowledge; interactions among cognition, perception, and action; development of mental representations of objects; constructivist perspectives of cognitive development; number representation in infancy and early childhood; development of pictorial competence; development of attentional capture in infants; statistical learning.

Language processing: Visual word recognition; morphological processing; semantic memory; semantic mediation in word recognition; phonological influences on visual word recognition; age-of-acquisition; cerebral laterality and word processing; speech production; sentence parsing; learning to read; language development; acquired dyslexia.

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