Laura Wakeford

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Postdoctoral Researcher
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Biography

MA (with hons) in Psychology; University of Dundee, 2008

M.Sc. in Psychological Research Methods; University of Dundee, 2010

Ph.D. in Psychology; University of Dundee, 2015

I was awarded a Ph.D. from the University of Dundee for my Thesis: The link between fixation location and attention during reading: Its extent and nature. Following my Ph.D., I worked as a Researcher in Psychology at the University of Bath on a project that used machine learning to identify online radicalisation.

I returned to Dundee 2017 to take up the position of Postdoctoral Researcher on an ESRC-funded project awarded to Dr Roger van Gompel (University of Dundee) and Dr Leila Kantola (Umeå University). This three-year project is designed to further investigate syntactic priming – the finding that speakers tend to repeat recently encountered syntactic structures as opposed to constructing new ones, an effect that can be enhanced when the verb repeats between the prime and target sentence, termed the lexical boost. The project involves a series of experiments on syntactic priming and lexical boost that I will carry out both at that University of Dundee and at Ghent University in Belgium. For more details, please see: http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk/projects?ref=ES%2FP001866%2F1.

Publications

Wakeford, L.J. & Murray, W.S. (2013). Effects of Parafoveal Plausibility During Reading. In M. Knauff, M. Pauen, N. Sebanz, & I. Wachsmuth (Eds.), Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp.3723-3728). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. 

Wakeford, L.J. & Murray, W.S. (Submitted). Plausible accounts of parafoveal meaning effects.  

Wakeford, L.J. & Murray, W.S. (In Prep). The consequences of mislocated fixations during reading.

Murray, W.S., Rayner, K. & Wakeford, L.J. (In Prep). Preview benefit or preview cost?

Book Chapter 

Wakeford, L.J. & Smith, L.G.E (Submitted). Islamic State and Social Media. In S. Baele & T. Coan (Ed.). ISIS Propaganda

Conference and Workshop Presentations 

Wakeford, L. (2017). Features of Islamic State. Talk presented at the Predicting Online Radicalisation end of project workshop; University of Bath, UK, 2016, July.

Wakeford, L., Smith, L.E. (2017). Islamic State and Social Media. Talk presented at the CREST (Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats) book workshop; London, 2017, July.

Wakeford, L., Smith, L.E., Cribbin, T., Barnett, J. & Broxburn, C. (2016). Predicting Online Radicalisation. Talk presented at the DARPA (Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency) workshop organised by CREST; University of Bath, UK, 2016, August. 

Wakeford, L.J. & Murray, W.S. (2014). The consequences of mislocated fixations during reading. Paper presented at the 20th AMLAP conference; Edinburgh, Scotland, 2014, September. 

Wakeford, L.J. & Murray, W.S. (2013). Parafoveal plausibility effects on wordn+1 and wordn+2 during reading. Paper presented at the 17th ECEM conference; Lund, Sweden, 2013, August. 

Murray, W.S., Rayner, K. & Wakeford, L.J. (2013). Preview benefit or preview cost? Paper presented at the 17th ECEM conference; Lund, Sweden, 2013, August. 

Wakeford, L.J. & Murray, W.S. (2013) Effects of parafoveal plausibility during reading. Paper presented at the 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Homboldt University, Berlin, Germany, 2013, August. 

Wakeford, L.J., & Murray, W.S. (2011). Can isolated word pairs be lexically processed in parallel?  
Combining tachistoscopic presentation with same-different matching. Paper presented at the 17th AMLaP conference; Paris, France, 2011, September. 

Wakeford, L.J., & Murray, W.S. (2011). Breadth of attention, word length and word n+2 effects. Paper presented to the 16th ECEM conference; Marseille, France, 2011, August. 

Murray, W.S., Wakeford, L.J., Vladeanu, M & Paul, S. (2010). As he read the professor believed the idea that it was just listening was wrong. Workshop on serial and parallel processing in reading. Presented at the Workshop on Parallel and Serial Processing, Dundee, 2010, October. 

Murray, W.S., Wakeford, L.J., & Vladeanu, M. (2008). Just one word at a time? Word n+2 preview effects revisited. Paper presented at 49th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Chicago, 2008, November. 

Murray, W.S., Wakeford, L.J., & Vladeanu, M. (2008). Just one word at a time? Presented at 'MACCS ForsterFest', Macquarie University, Sydney, 2008, June. 

Invited Talk

Wakeford, L.J. (2013). Parafoveal meaning effects during reading. Talk presented to the Centre for Vision and Cognition (CVC); University of Southampton, UK, April, 2013. 

Grants

  • Leng Travel Award for conference attendance (2013; £200). 
  • Experimental Psychology Society (EPS) Postgraduate Workshop Grant to host a national workshop on linear mixed models (LMMs) in R (2012; £2500). 
  • Economic and Social Research Council - Doctoral Training Centre (ESRC-DTC) Grant to cover delegate’s travel to attend the ‘LMM in R’ workshop (2012; £840). 
  • Scottish Universities Psychology Postgraduate Research Training (SUPPORT) funding for the ‘LMM and R’ workshop (2012: Offered but not required). 
  • EPS Grindley Grant for Conference Attendance (2011; £500). 
  • Competitive ESRC 1+3 Studentship (2009; ES/H018824/1).
  • Carnegie-Caledonian Ph.D. Scholarship (2009; reserve)