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Dr Jacky Chan

Senior Research Associate

Jacky Chan

County South



Research Interests

I am primarily interested in language acquisition and bilingualism, specific research interests include langauge comprehension, word learning, and the role of langauge in cognition. More broadly, I am interested in the early development of children.

Current Research

I study language acquisition and cognitive development in young children using experimental studies, corpus methods, and naturalistic observation.

I am currently a postdoc on the LuCiD project Putting lexical cues into discourse context. This project looks into how language users use contextual and lexical information to understand simple and complex sentences through a mix of corpus, eye-tracking, and behavioural methods.

For my PhD research, I compared how monolingual and bilingual children utilise different strategies to learn the meaning of words and explored how preschool teachers could support the langauge development of children learning English as an additional language using a mix of behavioural experiments, naturalistic observation, and corpus methods.

Other projects I have worked on include the link between langauge and categorisation in infants and young children's multi-sensory processing of word labels and objects.

Current Teaching


PSYC112 Introduction to Neuroscience - Seminar Tutor

PSYC115 Introduction to Developmental Psychology - Seminar Tutor


LING228 Child Language Acquisition - Guest Lecturer

LING316 Psycholinguistics - Guest Lecturer

PSYC101 Understanding Psychology - Seminar Tutor


LING228 Child Language Acquisition - Guest Lecturer

PSYC101 Understanding Psychology - Seminar Tutor


LING228 Child Language Acquisition - Guest Lecturer

PSYC102 Investigating Psychology - Analysis Lab Demonstrator

MSc Language Support


PSYC102 Investigating Psychology - Skills and Analysis Lab Demonstrator


2016-20 PhD Psychology (Lancaster University)

2015-16 MSc Developmental Disorders (Lancaster University) - Distinction

2012-15 BSc Psychology (Lancaster University) - First Class Honours

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