I am a Speech & Language Therapist and Experimental Psychologist.
I complete research into language processing in healthy adults and those with acquired language and communication difficulties as a result of neurological damage.
I work primarily with individuals who have aphasia following stroke.
Link to my staff page at the University of Reading
Please see Research pages for my interests.
Go to Lab & PhDs if you want to come and work with me.
Go to Publications if you want to see what I've done so far.
University of Reading 2020 Research Fellowship awarded
I have been awarded a research fellowship and research leave for Spring/Summer 2017. The fellowship will be used to prepare and publish some important papers that I've been meaning to write for some time!
The fellowship provides £4000 to buy-out my teaching duties for two University terms, to allow me to focus on writing.
Media Coverage of Paper: When semantics aids phonology
Meteyard, L., Stoppard, E., Snudden, D., Cappa, S.F., Vigliocco, G (2015)
When semantics aids phonology: A processing advantage for iconic word forms in aphasia. Neuropsychologia, pp.264-275. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2015.01.042
Coverage in GetReading newspaper: link to page
Appearance on BBC Radio Berkshire, Anne Diamond Show, 29th October 2015
(starts around 35 minutes into the show): link to BBC page
We investigated whether iconic words provide a processing advantage in aphasia. Iconic words have a consistent relationship between their form and meaning, in English, these are usually sound words e.g. 'bash', 'chatter', 'crunch'. We asked a group of 13 individuals with aphasia to complete four tasks (repetition, reading aloud, auditory lexical decision, written lexical decision). We compared their performance on a set of iconic and non-iconic words. We found that iconic words were responded to more accurately for some patients, and this pattern was more consistent across the group when the task tapped into the semantics-phonology link (reading aloud and auditory lexical decision). This suggests that iconicity may be a protective factor following language impairment, just as it has been shown to aid language acquisition in children.
I am a Lecturer in Clinical Language Sciences at the University of Reading, UK. This post allows me to work clinically as a Speech and Language Therapist (SLT), continue research and teach trainee SLTs and postgraduate students.
I completed a doctorate at University College London (UCL), with Professor Gabriella Vigliocco and then post-doctoral research with Professor Karalyn Patterson at the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge, UK. I completed training to be an SLT at UCL, before starting my post at the University of Reading.