UCL Psychology and Language Sciences


Dr Jennifer Rodd

Dr Jennifer Rodd


26 Bedford Way


  • Reader in Experimental Psychology
    Experimental Psychology
    Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences

Joined UCL


I am interested in how the human mind (and brain) is able to understand spoken and written language.

My current research focus is on the role of learning mechanisms in language comprehension. We study how adult listeners learn entirely new word meanings, but also how they adjust their representations of words and their meaning on the basis of their recent experience with these words to improve later communication.

I study these questions using behavioural paradigms (particularly web-based experiments that allow testing for large populations of language users), as well as using techniques such as fMRI and TMS that give insights into the underlying neural mechanisms. 

Award year Qualification Institution
2000 PhD
Doctor of Philosophy
Cognitive Neuroscience
University of Cambridge
1997 MSc
Master of Science
Cognitive Science
University of Edinburgh
1996 BA Hons
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
University of Cambridge

1993 – 1996 BA Hons in Natural Sciences, First Class Honours. University of Cambridge

1996 – 1997 MSc in Cognitive Science and Natural Language, Distinction. University of Edinburgh

1997 – 2000 PhD, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge.

2000 – 2003 Research Fellow, Dept of Experimental Psychology, University of Cambridge. Funded by Peterhouse, Cambridge

2003 – 2006 Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow, University College London

2006 - 2012 Lecturer, University College London

2012 - Present Senior Lecturer , University College London


Aphasia|*|Behaviour|*|Brain imaging|*|Brain injury|*|Cognition|*|Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Comprehension|*|Coma and persistent vegetative state|*|FMRI|*|Frontal lobe|*|Language|*|Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)|*|Memory|*|Prefrontal cortex|*|Speech|*|Temporal lobes