Emma Preece

Doctorial Researcher and Sessional Lecturer

Institute of Health & Society

Contact Details

email: e.preece@worc.ac.uk



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.

Professional Bodies


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.

External Responsibilities

Emma is currently working as an Instructor in the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham.