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Nick Cooper


Language & Cognitive Development Research Group (Nation Lab)

  • Chair of the GJCC

I am in the second year of my DPhil, supervised by Professor Kate Nation, looking at what we can infer from a person's eye movement patterns while they are reading. 

My current research focuses on the effects of working memory load on our processing of complex sentences, and using eye-tracking to examine this in real-time. This will hopefully give a greater insight into why differences in working memory (especially those that come with ageing) are associated with comprehension and reading difficulties. I am also more broadly interested in what exactly we mean when we say "working memory load" from a theoretical perspective.

Aside from research, I am the Chair of the Graduate Joint Consultative Committee, which gives graduate students the opportunity to give feedback about their courses and Departmental life.