Congratulations to Tom Shortland!

Last year Tom Shortland submitted his dissertation as part of his MSc in Speech and Language Sciences course. The title was An investigation of the influence of prosodic cueing on the ablity of individuals with aphasia to make grammaticality judgments, and the project was supervised by Rosemary Varley and Vitor Zimmerer. The project is a spinoff of Sabrina Mahmood's PhD work as we started to ask more questions about modality effects in the sentence processing of aphasic and neurotypical individuals.

Tom was an excellent student who conducted his work thoughtfully and thoroughly. He received a great mark and recently was awarded a Robin Tavistock student prize for excellent work in the field of aphasia.


We are planning to turn his dissertation into a manuscript for peer-review. Tom has started his job as a speech and language therapist at a hospital in Norfolk.

- Vitor




Although Geneva does not have a lovely beach like last year's SoA venue in Venice, our lab enjoyed the gorgeous views during the conference boat trip on lake Geneva.

We presented four current projects on sentence processing in aphasia. It was great to discuss our work with colleagues from around the world. Check out #SoA2017 on twitter to find out more about what happened at the conference - you will come across our very own tweets by @Vit_Zim, @vmeitanis and @claudihei ...

- Vanessa & Claudia





The lab at the British Psychological Society conference

In case you are at the British Psychological Society conference in Newcastle, you may be interested in our symposium on Psychosis and Language on Friday, starting 9.30am. Each talk will present some of the results from our AHRC project on language in schizophrenia and aphasia. The symposium on Friday will focus particularly on language differences between people with schizophrenia with and without formal thought disorder. Here is the programme.

- Vitor

Our lab at the Science of Aphasia conference in Geneva, September 11th-14th.

We are going to present four projects at this year's SoA conference at the Université de Genève on September 11th-14th. Last year we got to know the conference as a friendly forum for idea exchange, and one very supportive of doctoral students.

Alas, no beach right next to the venue as was the case last year in Lido de Venezia. Evenings at the lake will have to suffice.

Here our abstracts (follow links for full text):

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