Professor Kathy Rastle

Personal profile

My research aims to uncover the nature of the mental representations and computations that underlie aspects of human cognition, within an interdisciplinary perspective that includes Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Computer Science, and Experimental Phonetics. Within the broad area of human cognition, my primary interest lies in understanding fundamental aspects of the normal language system and how they become impaired as the result of brain damage or abnormal development.

My work is funded by project grants from the BBSRC, ESRC, British Academy, and Leverhulme Trust. I am on the Research Committee of the ESRC, and was previously Chair of the ESRC grants assessment panels for Psychology, Linguistics, and Education (2010-2014) and for Psychology, Economics, & Management (2014-2015).  I served on the Medical & Health Sciences panel for the Excellence in Research for Australia (2015) exercise, and have served as Associate Editor for Journal of Memory & Language (since 2015), Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition (2007-2013), and Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance (2011-2014).  I have served on the editorial boards of many of the major cognitive journals over the years.

Prior to becoming Head of the Psychology department, I was Associate Vice Principal for Research at Royal Holloway.

Further information about my lab is available on and a recent CV can be downloaded here.


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