Teaching

Lecturing (University of Edinburgh Open Studies)

Psychology of Language (Credit Course, SCQF Level 7)
This course examines the psychological and neurobiological factors that enable humans to learn, use and understand language. The beginning of the course will aim to lay a conceptual foundation relevant to both psychology and linguistics, as well as a brief history of the psychology of language itself. In the remainder of the course, we will examine langauge development and acquisition, language comprehension and production, and language and cognition. Throughout, these topics will be illuminated through reference to their representation in the brain, experimental approaches to language, various pathologies that impede normal language function, and comparative structures in other animals.

Evolution of Cognition (Credit Course, SCQF Level 7)
This course will introduce the core concepts of evolution as they apply to human behaviour, drawing on a variety of literature from genetics to primatology. We will discuss the differences between biological and cultural evolution, focusing on how the two interact to shape the uniquely human experience. Topics will include: theory of mind, cultural and social cognition, brain plasticity, and the evolution of language.

Sensation and Perception
Our perception of the world through our senses shapes our experience, affecting our cognitive and personal development in important ways. This course will examine how our sensory faculties interact with our brain and mind to form our everyday experience, as well as our long-term concepts of the world around us. We will focus on how our sensory systems work, the causes and effects of abnormal sensory function, and the role of sensation and perception in general cognition.

Linguistics
Linguistics, the scientific study of human language, is a hugely broad topic, with strong connections to psychology, philosophy, and cognitive science. This course will present an overview of linguistic analysis, including the study of human speech sounds and how they interact, the structure of words, phrases and sentences, and the study of word and sentence meaning.

Tutoring (Linguistics and English Language)

  • Linguistics 1A/B (Introduction to linguistics spanning phonetics/phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and brain & language)
  • Linguistics 2B (Acoustic Phonetics and Empirical Methods modules)
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