A bit about Samantha Durrant
I currently split my time between two roles, both at the University of Manchester. Half of my time is spent working as a Lecturer in Psychology on the Speech and Language Therapy programme and with the other half of my time I work on a LuCiD project with Dr Katie Twomey as a post-doctoral research associate. My research interests are focused on using a range of methods (naturalistic and experimental) to understand the influence of the environment, both linguistic and nonlinguistic, on language development in young children.
I completed my PhD at the University of Plymouth looking at the impact of linguistic variation on children’s early representations. After earning my PhD I joined LuCiD as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Liverpool and spent 5 years working on the longitudinal Language 0-5 Project with Caroline Rowland. We tracked the development of 90 children from 6 months until they were 4.5 years collecting data on a range of different abilities. I am using the video data from when these children were 11 months old in my current post-doctoral project.
My Role in LuCiD
In LuCiD I am a post-doctoral research associate working on the LuCiD work package linking curiosity-driven behaviour with language development in the research stream beyond 0-5. This project seeks to use naturalistic data from the Language 0-5 Project to explore the relationship between curiosity behaviours, specifically interactions with objects, and language development in 11 month olds.
LuCiD publications (33) by Samantha Durrant
Lee, C., Jessop, A., Bidgood, A., Peter, M., Pine, J., Rowland, C. & Durrant, S. (2023). How executive functioning, sentence processing, and vocabulary are related at 3 years of age Journal of Experimental Child Psychology
Byers-Heinlein, K., Tsui, RK-Y., van Renswoude, D., Black, A., Barr, R., Brown, A., Colomer, M., Durrant, S., Gampe, A., Gonzalez-Gomez, N., Hay, J.F., Hernik, M., Jartó, M., Kovács, A.M., ... (2021). Infancy. 26: 4–38.
Delle Luche, C., Kwok, R., Durrant, S., Chow, J., Horvath, K., Cattani, A., Abbot-Smith, K., Krott, A., Mills, D., Plunkett, K., Rowland, C., Floccia, C. (2016). International Conference on Infant Studies, New Orleans, USA.
Keren-Portnoy, T., Floccia, C., DePaolis, R., Duffy, H., Delle Luche, C., Durrant, S., White, L., Goslin, J., & Vihman, M. (2017). Paper presented at the International Association for the Study of Child Language, Lyon, France.
Floccia, C., Keren-Portnoy, T., DePaolis, R., Duffy, H., Delle Luche, C., Durrant, S., White, L., Goslin, J., & Vihman, M. (2016). British English infants segment words only with exaggerated infant-directed speech stimuli. Cognition, 148, 1-9
Delle Luche, C., Durrant, S., Poltrock, S., Floccia, C. (2015). A methodological investigation of the Intermodal Preferential Looking paradigm: Methods of analyses, picture selection and data rejection criteria. Infant Behaviour and Development, 40, 151-72
Frost, R. L. A., Peter, M., Durrant, S., Bidgood, A., Rowland, C., Monaghan, P. & Christiansen, M. H. (2016). How do infants use nonadjacent dependencies during language development? Poster presented at the XX Biennial International Conference on Infant Studies, New Orleans, LA, USA.
Frost, R. L. A., Peter, M., Durrant, S., Bidgood, A., Rowland, C., Monaghan, P. & Christiansen, M. H. (2016). How do infants use nonadjacent dependencies during language acquisition? Poster to be presented at the Fifth Implicit Learning Seminar. Lancaster, UK.
Serratrice, L. & Durrant, S. (2015). Confused? Nursery World Magazine, 21 September, 22-24.