Dr L.J. Speed (Laura)
Assistant professor - Centre for Language Studies
Assistant professor - Department of Language and Communication
Laura completed a PhD in Cognitive, Perceptual, and Brain Sciences at University College London. Her PhD investigated an embodied view of language comprehension. Specifically, her thesis focused on language that describes speed of motion and explored the contributions of vision, audition and action to the comprehension of language about speed, and factors that may affect these contributions.
Laura’s current work investigates the interaction between language and the perception and action systems. Her recent focus has been the relationship between language and olfaction. One aspect of her work addresses how the perception of odours can be influenced by contextual factors, such as verbal labels and descriptions. She also explores how odour language and cognition recruit resources from other perceptual modalities to aid in meaning, for example, how odour-colour associations in synaesthesia can enhance odour naming ability.
- Muraki, E.J., Speed, L.J. & Pexman, P.M. (2023). Insights into embodied cognition and mental imagery from aphantasia. Nature Reviews Psychology, 2 (10), 591-605. doi: 10.1038/s44159-023-00221-9
- Speed, L.J., Papies, E.K. & Majid, A. (2022). Mental simulation across sensory modalities predicts attractiveness of food concepts. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied.
- Speed, L.J. & Majid, A. (2019). Grounding language in the neglected senses of touch, taste, and smell. Cognitive Neuropsychology. doi: 10.1080/02643294.2019.1623188
- Speed, L.J. & Majid, A. (2019). Linguistic features of fragrances: The role of grammatical gender and gender associations. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 81 (6), 2063-2077. doi: 10.3758/s13414-019-01729-0 Full text
- Speed, L.J. & Majid, A. (2018). An Exception to Mental Simulation: No Evidence for Embodied Odor Language. Cognitive Science, 42 (4), 1146-1178. doi: 10.1111/cogs.12593 Full text
- Speed, L.J. & Majid, A. (2017). Superior olfactory language and cognition in odor-color synaesthesia. Journal of Experimental Psychology B-Human Perception and Performance, 43. doi: 10.1037/xhp0000469
- Bachelor's thesis
- Cross-Cultural Online Communication
- English for Specific Business Purposes
- Master Scriptie: Communicatie en Beïnvloeding
- Master's thesis: Global Communication and Diversity
- Research Design and Data Analysis in Communication
- Social Media and New Media
- Sociale media en nieuwe media