BiographyI took a BA in Psychology and Philosophy at the University of Oxford (St John's College) from 1974 to 1977. I then studied for a DPhil with Phil Johnson-Laird at the University of Sussex from 1977-1981, including one year at the Center for Cognitive Science, University of Texas at Austin (1979-1980), where I took classes in Psychology, Linguistics, and Computer Science, wrote my DPhil thesis ("Mental Models as Representations of Discourse and Text"), and carried out some experiments on referential continuity and coherence of texts. After a six month temporary lectureship and Sussex, I became a postdoctoral research fellow there for two years, before spending another 2 years as a member of faculty at the University of Reading. Since 1985, I have been back at Sussex as lecturer (to 1994), reader (to 1999), and professor.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Psycholinguistics, especially anaphora, inference, and comprehension
Thinking and Reasoning
Research Methods (Quantitative)