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Fabio Parente

Assistant Professor in Psycholinguistics, Faculty of Arts

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Expertise Summary

Psycholinguistics of reading behaviour; eye-tracking; cognitive psychology

Teaching Summary

Modules taught (2018/2019)

Undergraduate

  • ENGL1002 - Language and Context
  • ENGL2016 - Language Development
  • ENGL3051 - Language and the Mind

Postgraduate

  • ENGL4036 - Psychology of Language

Distance Learning

  • ENGL4039 - Descriptive Linguistic Analysis

Research Summary

The core of my current research involves the use of eye-tracking technology to study attention allocation - and the factors that influence it - during reading behaviour. I am involved in ongoing work… read more

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Current Research

The core of my current research involves the use of eye-tracking technology to study attention allocation - and the factors that influence it - during reading behaviour. I am involved in ongoing work with literature scholars investigating the attentional capture of minor and more substantive textual variants in prose texts. Additionally, I have been working with Dr Kathy Conklin, the Linguistic Profiling for Professionals (LiPP) unit in the School of English, and with Dr Richard Hyde in the School of Law, on a project investigating the readability and intelligibility of legal contracts, with the goal of making legal contracts more accessible for the end users and of affecting existing policies.

Past Research

My doctoral research focused on how we construct mental representations of environments we cannot see, e.g. when we read descriptions of them. Parente, F. (2016, December 14). Moving through language: a behavioural and linguistic analysis of spatial mental model construction. https://doi.org/10.31237/osf.io/8a2g5

Future Research

I am interested in exploring the potential of electrophysiological data to improve existing sentiment analysis algorithms, and the impact of differences in mental imagery abilities (e.g. aphantasia) on a range of cognitive processes (including the reading and comprehension of literary texts).

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