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Greg Maciejewski

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Area of academic expertise - outline

My main research focusses on two areas:

Language comprehension - my work in this area aims to understand how we rapidly and accurately understand the meanings of each word we read/hear, with a particular focus on words with multiple meanings (e.g., money/river bank) and non-literal expressions (e.g., to ruffle someone's feathers).

Language learning - my work in this area aims to understand how we learn new words or new meanings for words we already know, with a particular focus on technical terms (e.g., echolalia) and words with highly predictable shifts in meaning (e.g., fluffy/spicy rabbit).

I seek converging evidence from behavioural (e.g., eye-tracking, semantic priming, artificial language paradigms) and cognitive neuroscience methods (e.g., EEG, tDCS).

Current research activities

I am currently interested in:

  • Incidental learning of technical terms during textbook reading, and factors/methods that affect its effectiveness
  • Contrbution of visual information about the speaker/discourse setting to successful speech comprehension
  • Impact of repetitive transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on language comprehension skills

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

EEG/ERP, eye-tracking, web-based experiments, mixed-effects modelling, reaction-time distributional analysis, R, Qualtrics

Desired research direction

The goal of my research is to understand how the language system works in adults. As this research continues I aim to identify what things might go wrong and how to improve comprehension skills in children who may read fluently but struggle to understand the meaning of what they read.

Target collaborative organisations

  • Local schools
  • Local education authorities
  • Speech and language therapists

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Research Output

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    The cost of learning new meanings for familiar words

    Maciejewski, G., Rodd, J. M., Mon-Williams, M. & Klepousniotou, E., 12 Jul 2019, In : Language, Cognition and Neuroscience. 24 p.

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  • Exploring the measurement of markedness and its relationship with other linguistic variables

    Ingram, J., Hand, C. J. & Maciejewski, G., 9 Jun 2016, In : PLoS ONE. 11, 6

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    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Relative meaning frequencies for 100 homonyms: British eDom norms

    Maciejewski, G. & Klepousniotou, E., 6 Dec 2016, In : Journal of Open Psychology Data. 4, 1, e6.

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    Open Access