Emma James

Emma James

Researcher in Psychology

Welcome to my website. This is my way of sharing my latest research activities, publications, and general thoughts.

I am currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford. You can find out more about my research projects below.

Interests

  • Learning and memory
  • Language acquisition
  • Literacy development
  • Reproducible science

Education

  • PhD in Psychology, 2019

    University of York

  • MSc in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 2015

    University of York

  • BA in Experimental Psychology, 2013

    University of Oxford

Recent Blog Posts

From little to large: the importance of understanding morphemes for understanding texts

Lots of words are made up of smaller units of meaning, called morphemes. We measured children’s awareness of morphemes, and looked at its importance for reading comprehension.

Using prior knowledge to build vocabulary

Within education, the Matthew effect describes how the “rich get richer” in literacy skills. We focused on this effect in vocabulary, and asked how existing vocabulary knowledge might support memory for new words.

Upcoming & Recent Talks

Word learning through the lens of prior knowledge

9th EPS Frith Prize Lecture

It'll be alright on the night? Exploring bedtime benefits for vocabulary learning

UCL Language and Cognition Seminar

When the wabon flew to the intergalatic zoo: Accessing prior lexical knowledge in explicit and incidental word learning

Guest speaker at the Language, Learning, & Cognition Lab meeting, Royal Holloway, University of London.

Projects

Precursors and consequences of reading comprehension difficulties

Ongoing: Secondary data analysis with Prof. Kate Nation

Identifying difficulties in reading comprehension

Ongoing; collective effort in combining reading comprehension datasets

Sleep-associated consolidation in app-based language learning

Ongoing; ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship research

Understanding memory processes across development

2019: Postdoctoral research with Dr Aidan Horner

Individual differences in word learning and consolidation

2014–2019: PhD research with Dr Lisa Henderson and Prof. Gareth Gaskell

The role of morphological awareness in reading comprehension

2013–2014: Research Associate for Prof. Kate Cain

Recent Publications

(2020). Make or break it: Boundary conditions for integrating multiple elements in episodic memory. Royal Society Open Science (accepted).

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(2020). The role of prior lexical knowledge in children’s and adults’ word learning from stories.

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