Motivation and Reward for Word Learning

I am presently starting to explore the role of reward signals and motivation during language learning.

The BOLD study

This project investigates the neural basis of developmental language disorders. It is based at the University of Oxford, headed by Professors Kate Watkins and Dorothy Bishop. I was involved in setting up this project, recruitment of study participants and data collection. I am presently analysing data from this study.

The role of sensorimotor experience in perception

In collaboration with Professor Sophie Scott at UCL, I study how motor experience can influence neural activity for perception. In 2015, we collected data from 20 beatboxers, 20 guitarists and 20 non-musicians. We have published a key dataset from this study, but are currently analysing data about how experience with objects influences sound perception.