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Ross Macdonald

Researcher

A bit about Ross Macdonald

I attained a BSc in Psychology from the University of Dundee in 2010. I then stayed on as a postgraduate for an MSc in Eye Movements and Cognition followed by a PhD in Psychology. In 2014, I began my first Research Associate post at Saarland University (Germany). My research to date has broadly focused on the interplay between vision and language as well as the use of non-verbal cues in natural communication. I have primarily investigated these issues using eye-tracking methods, which I will continue to use as part of LuCiD.

See my University of Manchester profile for my publications.

My Role in LuCiD

I am working as a Research Associate on The comprehension and production of restrictive relative clauses project, led by Ludovica Serratrice. With this project we aim to to investigate how a number of factors predict children’s comprehension and production of relative clauses. In addition we will assess the role of cognitive flexibility, working memory and sentence recall abilities in understanding individual variation in children’s syntactic choices of a complex syntactic construction.

LuCiD publications (5) by Ross Macdonald

MacDonald, R., Brandt, S., Theakston, A., Lieven, E. & Serratrice, L. (2018). Animacy and children's processing of subject and object relative clauses. Poster presented at the Child Language Symposium, Reading, UK

MacDonald, R. G., Serratrice, L., Brandt, S., Theakston, A., & Lieven, E. (2017). Animacy and children's online processing of restrictive relative clauses. Paper presented at the European Conference on Eye Movements (ECEM), Wuppertal, Germany.

MacDonald, R. G, Serratrice, L., Brandt, S., Lieven, E., & Theakston, A. (2017). The effect of animacy on children's online processing of relative clauses. Paper presented at Architectures and Mechanisms of Language Processing (AMLap), Lancaster, UK.

Macdonald, R. G., Serratrice, L., Brandt, S., Lieven, E, & Theakston, A. (2017). The influence of animacy on children’s online processing of restrictive relative clauses. Paper presented at the 3rd Annual LuCiD Language and Communication Development Conference, Lancaster, UK.

Cameron-Faulkner, T., Macdonald, R., Serratrice, L., Melville, J., & Gattis, M. (2017). Plant Yourself Where Language Blooms: Direct Experience of Nature Changes How Parents and Children Talk about Nature. Children, Youth and Environments, 27 (2), 110-124.

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