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Dr Emma Preece

Senior Research Assistant and Sessional Lecturer

Institute of Health & Society

Contact Details


tel: 01905 542547


PhD in Psychology, University of Worcester, 2015. Thesis title: The loci of age of acquisition and word frequency effects: Evidence from contemporary experimental paradigms and eye-tracking.

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

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests
Since I began teaching Psychology in 2007, Iíve taught on a wide variety of mandatory and optional modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. However, my areas of expertise fall within Cognitive Psychology, Psycholinguistics, Developmental Psychology and quantitative research methods.

Research Interests
My PhD investigated 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 investigated whether earlier acquired and frequently occurring words and concepts gain a processing advantage during perceptual, semantic and/or lexical processing. In my current capacity as a Senior Research Assistant, my research also includes several evaluations of NHS training initiatives which have been delivered across the West Midlands.

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies



Publications as Author

Preece, E.L. (2015). The Loci of Age of Acquisition and Word Frequency Effects: Evidence from Contemporary Experimental Paradigms and Eye-Tracking. Unpublished thesis.

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 Unpublished report for Health Education West Midlands.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

I produced the electronic resources for most of the texts in the Psychology Express series. This included the electronic resources for Biological Psychology, Statistics in Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Health Psychology, Forensic Psychology and Educational Psychology. All of these electronic resources are available at

External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities