UCL Psychology and Language Sciences

Prof Jennifer Rodd

Prof Jennifer Rodd

Professor of Cognitive Psychology

Experimental Psychology

Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences

Joined UCL
1st Oct 2003

Research summary

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. 

Teaching summary

I am the Faculty of Brain Sciences Tutor for Postgraduate Taught Students

I contribute to the BSc Psychology, BSc Psychology and Language Sciences and several masters programmes


University of Cambridge
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2000
University of Edinburgh
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 1997
University of Cambridge
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) | 1996


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