Edinburgh Research Explorer

Dr Hugh Rabagliati

Chancellor's Fellow - Lecturer

Phone: 0131 650 3454

Education / Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), New York University
Shifting senses in semantic development

Research Interests

Language provides a code for learning and teaching new and complex ideas. I study the mental representations and mechanisms that we use to translate from concepts and ideas to words and sentences. My focus is on how these abilities develop, and how they break down in neurodevelopmental disorders, particularly schizophernia and autism.

Biography

Language provides a code for learning and teaching new and complex ideas. I study the mental representations and mechanisms that we use to translate between concepts, words and sentences. My focus is on how these abilities develop, and how they break down in neurodevelopmental disorders, particularly schizophrenia and autism.

I took a BA in psychology at Oxford, before moving to New York University to study for a PhD in psychology and linguistics with Gary Marcus and Liina Pylkkänen. I was a postdoc at Harvard with Jesse Snedeker and Gina Kuperberg, where I began my work on language processing in psychosis and other neurodevelopmental disorders. I arrived in Edinburgh in 2013.

Websites

Visiting and Research Positions

2013- present - Chancellors Fellow, Department of Psychology, University of Edinburgh

Qualifications

2010 -PhD Psychology, New York University 

2004 - B.A Experimental Psychology, Worcester College, University of Oxford

Administrative Roles

Invited Reviewer: Autism Research, Cognition, Cognitive Development, Frontiers in Language Sciences, Frontiers in Psychology, Journal of Child Language, Journal of Memory and Language, Language and Cognition Processes, Lingua, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, PLOS One, Schizophrenia Bulletin, Neurobiology of Language Conference, CUNY conference on Human Sentence Processing, Architectures and Mechanisms in Language Processing. 

Organiser of Innovative Learning Week, Organiser of Developmental psycolinguistics reading group, Member of Departmental ethics board, inter alia

2012- Organiser of Language and Cognition Seminar Series, Harvard University

2011- Co-Chair of the symposium entitled "Learning to use words flexibly: The development of abstract structure in the mental Lexicon and the symposium entitled "Excursions down the kindergarten path: Prospects and Consequences, at the Biennial meeting of the Society for research in Child Development, Montreal Canada. 

2007-2008 - Coordinator, Brown Bag Talk Series, New York University 

2007-2008- Research Assistant to Professors' Gary Marcus and Scott Johnson, New York University 

2005 - Research Assistant to Prof. Heather van der Lely, University College London

Research activities & awards

  1. Error and expectation in children's language learning

    Activity: External academic engagementInvited talk

  2. Bricks and mortars for building meanings

    Activity: External academic engagementInvited talk

  3. Semantic Composition: The role of temporal binding.

    Activity: External academic engagementInvited talk

View all (56) »

Research projects

  1. The evolution of linguistic complexity

    Project: Funded ProjectResearch

  2. The Development of Lexical Flexibility

    Project: Funded ProjectResearch

  3. Expectation-driven language learning

    Project: Funded ProjectResearch

View all (8) »

ID: 5521733