Emma James


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Research interests

I am fundamentally interested in how children and adults learn, drawing upon memory, language, and literacy research. My research asks questions such as:

  • How do we learn and remember new words?
  • How does the way in which we learn words change across development?
  • How does poor language knowledge affect reading and educational achievement?
  • How do learning difficulties affect broader life outcomes and wellbeing?

I address these questions using behavioural experiments that train and test new words, as well as analyses of real-world data and national cohort datasets.


I completed my undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford (2010-2013), and subsequently spent a year as a Research Associate at Lancaster University. I first joined the University of York in 2014, completing a Masters, PhD and Postdoctoral Fellowship as part of the Sleep, Language and Memory Lab. I then spent two years back in Oxford, working as a Postdoctoral Researcher within ReadOxford Group and Stipendiary Lecturer at St Catherine’s College. I rejoined the York Psychology Department as a Lecturer in 2022.

External positions

Stipendiary Lecturer, St Catherine's College, University of Oxford

1 Oct 202130 Sept 2022

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford

5 Oct 202030 Sept 2022

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