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Laura Wakeford


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Personal profile

I’m a Lecturer within the Division of Psychology and Forensic Sciences at Abertay. I completed my MA and ESRC-funded MSc and PhD in Psychology at the University of Dundee. Prior to joining Abertay in 2019, I worked on two research projects titled ‘Predicting Online Radicalisation’ (University of Bath) and ‘An Experimental Investigation of Syntactic Priming and the Lexical Boost in Language Production’ (University of Dundee).

Research interests

 As a cognitive psychologist, I am particularly interested in how attention is distributed during reading; or more specifically, whether we can lexically process more than one word at a time. This research has, in collaboration with Dr Wayne Murray, typically involved using eye tracking technologies to test models of eye movement control during reading.

More generally, I am also interested in the factors that influence language production. This involves further exploring the structural priming effect (i.e., the well-established finding that we are more likely to reproduce a syntactic structure we have just encountered rather than construct one anew), as well as measuring how language evolves to align with group affiliations as they develop over time.

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Research Output

An investigation of lexical-syntactic representations using structural priming

van Gompel, R., Wakeford, L. & Kantola, L., 9 Jan 2020, p. 55-56. 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

  • Detecting psychological change through mobilizing interactions and changes in extremist linguistic style

    Smith, L. G. E., Wakeford, L., Cribbin, T. F., Barnett, J. & Hou, W. K., 1 Jul 2020, In : Computers in Human Behavior. 108, 12 p., 106298.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Islamic State’s propaganda and social media: dissemination, support, and resilience

    Wakeford, L. & Smith, L., 20 Jan 2020, ISIS propaganda: a full-spectrum extremist message. Baele, S. J., Boyd, K. A. & Coan, T. G. (eds.). New York: Oxford University Press, p. 155-187 33 p. (Causes and consequences of terrorism series).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • Task-dependent effects in the lexical boost

    Wakeford, L., van Gompel, R. & Kantola, L., 9 Jan 2020, p. 55-55. 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

  • An investigation into the lexical boost with nonhead nouns

    Carminati, M. N., van Gompel, R. P. G. & Wakeford, L. J., 31 Oct 2019, In : Journal of Memory and Language. 108, 19 p., 104031.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle