In my research I investigate lexical processing, object processing, and their relationship to underlying semantic representations. In particular, I am interested in the role that conceptual structure -- the statistical regularities between semantic features in a distributed semantic system -- plays in the representation and activation of conceptual information in the brain. My research utilizes multi-voxel pattern analysis of fMRI data and computational modelling.
More generally I am also interested in computational neurolinguistics -- investigating how empirical linguistic data and models from computational linguistics can shed light on lexical, syntactic and semantic processing in the brain.
In 2007 I completed my Ph.D. at University College Dublin, which was on the topic of conceptual combination and the interpretation of noun-noun compounds.