Doctorial Researcher and Sessional Lecturer
Institute of Health & Society
BSc First Class (Hons) Psychology. University of Worcester, 2007.
‘The Loci of Age of Acquisition and Word Frequency Effects: Evidence from Contemporary Experimental Paradigms and Eye-Tracking’
Emma’s PhD investigates how the average age at which words and concepts are learnt and their frequency of occurrence within a language community influence adults subsequent perceptual, semantic and lexical processing. This research is incorporates a wide variety of experimental techniques including picture-category verification, picture-name verification, picture naming, reading and eye-tracking.
Teaching & Research
Emma has regularly taught on a wide variety of topics in Psychology including Research Methods, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Language. She also worked for the University of Worcester as a research assistant for several years and contributed towards projects in health psychology, cognitive psychology, educational psychology and occupational psychology.
Catling, J., Dent, K., Preece, E., & Johnston, B. (in-press). Age of Acquisition effects in novel picture naming: A laboratory analogue. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.
Preece, E.L. (2012). Psychology Express: Biological Psychology. London: Prentice Hall.
Emma is currently working as an Instructor in the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham.