I am interested in how we understand the meanings of the words that we hear or read, and how we combine together the information from individual words to construct representations of the meanings of sentences. I have a particular interest in how we use our recent and long-term experience with language to improve the efficiency of these processes.
I study these issues using a combination of neuroimaging (fMRI) and psycholinguistic methods.
Meet the researcher
Dr. Jennifer Rodd’s research focuses on how people are able to understand language. What are the cognitive and brain processes that are necessary to understand another person’s speech? For instance, understanding a sentence is more than simply understanding the constituent words — these need to be integrated into a larger conceptual framework and this very often involves resolving ambiguity in the meaning of words. People use a number of different strategies to do this and Jenni’s work aims to identify these, to understand how they work mechanistically, and to explore their underpinnings in the brain.
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On the web
- Presentation format affects the behavioural and neural processing costs of sentence reinterpretation External link Language, Cognition and Neuroscience DOI: 10.1080/23273798.2022.2159992
- Erratum to: “Causal Contributions of the Domain-General (Multiple Demand) and the Language-Selective Brain Networks to Perceptual and Semantic Challenges in Speech Comprehension” (Neurobiology of Language, 10.1162/nol_a_00081) External link Neurobiology of Language, 4 (1), i-ii DOI: 10.1162/nol_x_00103
- Contextual diversity during word learning through reading benefits generalisation of learned meanings to new contexts External link Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology DOI: 10.1177/17470218221126976
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