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Liam Blything

Research student

Liam Blything

Fylde College

Lancaster University


Lancaster LA1 4YF

United Kingdom


Research Interests

I am an ESRC 1+3 funded student, supervised by Dr Kate Cain (www.psych.lancs.ac.uk/people/kate-cain).

My research questions for my PhD examine the role of connectives in children's integration of text:

-In more sensitive online measures (that are capturing the language process as it happens), are children as young as four able to take advantage of connectives to aid their integration of text?

-Why does children's knowledge of some connectives develop later than for other connectives?

-Comprehension versus production: Is the developmental sequence of comprehension skills for temporal, causal and adversative connectives similar to that of production?

Career Details


Lancaster University*                    

2012                M.Sc.,Psychology: Language, speech and hearing. Distinction (US equivalent: summa cum laude).

2011-15           ESRC 1+3 funding. The ESRC 1+3 award waives fees and has provided an enhanced tax-free stipend during both Masters and PhD training.                                

University of Liverpool**                                                                            

2010                B.Sc.,  Psychology. First Class Honours. Ranking: #1 out of 240 students (Valedictorian).               

2010                The British Psychological Society Award. The highest overall grade upon graduation from a B.Sc. accredited by the British Psychological Society at the University of Liverpool.

2010                The Leslie Spencer Hearnshaw Prize. The best overall performance on all aspects of the undergraduate programme, including written examinations.

2008 & 09      "Outstanding achievement award by an undergraduate (Psychology)."

Other Interests and Hobbies

When I make free time I love to play/practice tennis, fitness workouts, yoga, and any other new skill that sounds fun!

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