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Emma Preece

Senior Research Assistant, Sessional Lecturer and PhD Candidate

Institute of Health & Society

Contact Details


tel: 01905 542547


BSc First Class (Hons) Psychology. University of Worcester, 2007.

PhD in Psychology (pending approval of amendments)


‘The Loci of Age of Acquisition and Word Frequency Effects: Evidence from Contemporary Experimental Paradigms and Eye-Tracking’

I’m currently working as a research assistant, sessional lecturer and PhD candidate in the Institute of Health and Society. My areas of expertise include psycholinguistics, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology and research methods.

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests:

I’ve taught widely on the Psychology programmes since 2007. This has included Introduction to Psychology, Research Methods, Cognitive Psychology, Introduction to Developmental Psychology, Psychology and The Child, Biopsychology and Neuropsychology. I’ve also lead modules in Developmental and Biological Psychology at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate level.

Research Interests:

My PhD investigates how the average age at which words and concepts are learnt, and their frequency of occurrence within the environment, influences subsequent processing speed and response accuracy. More specifically, it investigates whether earlier acquired and frequently occurring words and concepts gain their processing advantage during perceptual, semantic and/or lexical processing. My current projects as a Senior Research Assistant include evaluations of three training initiatives for NHS staff in the West Midlands.

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies



Publications as Author

Bennett, C., Farquharson, N., & Preece, E. (2015). Sexual abstinence and young people: A subject worthy of consideration? British Journal of School Nursing. 10 (14), 176-180.

Bennett, C., Farquharson, N., Perry, J., & Preece, E. (2014). Skills Enhancement in Rural Communities (SERC): A Realist Evaluation of Phase One. Unpublished report for Health Education West Midlands. Available:

Catling, J., Dent, K., Preece, E., & Johnston, B. (2013). Age of Acquisition effects in novel picture naming: A laboratory analogue. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 66 (9), 1756-1763.

Preece, E.L. (2012). Psychology Express: Biological Psychology. London: Prentice Hall.

Publications as Contributor

Upton, P.U. and Upton, D.U. (Eds.). (2011). Test Yourself: Cognitive Psychology. London: Learning Matters.
Upton, P.U. and Upton, D.U. (Eds.). (2011). Test Yourself: Biological Psychology. London: Learning Matters.

Electronic Resources

Emma produced the electronic resources for the following texts in the Psychology Express series. These resources are available at;

  • Biological Psychology ?
  • Statistics in Psychology ?
  • Cognitive Psychology ?
  • Social Psychology ?
  • Developmental Psychology ?
  • Health Psychology ?
  • Forensic Psychology ?
  • Educational Psychology       
External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities