UCL Summer School


Language and the Mind: An Introduction to Psycholinguistics

Key Information

Module code
Taught during
Session Two
Module leader
Dr. Bruno Fernandes
None. Standard UCL Summer entry criteria apply.
Assessment method
Three class quizzes (75%; 25% each), Presentation (25%)
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Language and the Mind: An Introduction to Psycholinguistics

Module overview

This module is an introduction to Psycholinguistics, an interdisciplinary field of study which aims to understand how humans learn, represent, comprehend, and produce language. It will begin by asking what it means to know a language and explore the nature of our linguistic competence. Students will examine core properties of mental representations and processes involved in acquiring and understanding language, and how linguistic processes unfold in real time. Finally, students will explore issues in perception, production and acquisition in three core domains: speech sounds, words, and sentences.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Appreciate of the relations between Linguistics and Cognitive Psychology and make links between different areas of Cognitive Science
  • Appreciate how knowledge is created in Cognitive Science through hands-on experience
  • Be familiar with major theoretical models of language processing and representation
  • Have gained a solid understanding of both the research methodologies used in Psycholinguistics and many of the well-established major findings in the field
  • Have developed active-learning and transferable skills (e.g. critical thinking, communication, and group work skills)

Module prerequisites

This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). No prior subject knowledge is required to study this module but students are expected to have a keen interest in the subject area.

Module hours

Classes (usually three or four hours per day) take place on the Bloomsbury campus from Monday to Friday any time between 9am and 6pm.


  • Three short quizzes (75%; 25% per quiz)
  • Oral presentation (25%)

Module leader

Dr. Bruno Fernandes recently finished his PhD in Psycholinguistics at Universidade Nova de Lisboa and spent three years at the linguistics department of UCL as a visiting researcher. His research examines ambiguity resolution and how humans process language in real time, which lies at the intersection of Linguistics and Cognitive Psychology.

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