I trained as a cognitive psychologist and currently use behavioural, neuroscientific and statistical/computational models to conduct research related to meaning. I am especially interested in meanings of words and signs, on their own and in context. How do different aspects of our knowledge and experience affect the way we understand and produce language? How do word and sign forms relate to their meanings, and how does this affect their processing? And how are different means of communicative expression combined in understanding what someone else is trying to tell you?
Meet the researcher
Dave’s research focuses on the meaning of words but also the additional non-verbal cues like gestures, facial expressions, etc and how we express them and understand them. His research uses a combination of psycholinguistic experiments, computational modelling, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).
On the web
- Inferior parietal lobule is sensitive to different semantic similarity relations for concrete and abstract words Psychophysiology
- Iconicity emerges and is maintained in spoken language Journal of Experimental Psychology: General
- Word learning in two languages: neural overlap and representational differences Neuropsychologia
- View all publications by David Vinson