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Dr Mary-Jane Budd


Cognition and Neuroscience

, School of Psychology

Mary-Jane's research interests are in digital communication of language and emotion. Mary-Jane is the Course Lead for the popular MSc Psychology conversion course and leads the Experimental Research Methods module on the masters' course.

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My research interests are within the areas of language processing and communication. In particular, I have studied language production in typically and atypically developing children and adults using both behavioural and electrophysiological approaches. During my PhD, I investigated children's speech errors and then completed a three year post-doctoral project funded by the Leverhulme Trust investigating morphological processing in adults and children. Since being at UEL, I have extended my research in language and communication by investigating language processing in different populations e.g.dyslexics, people with ASD and have explored different platforms that are used in communication e.g. social media. My teaching is mainly on Experimental Research methods and I also teach Language at level 4 and how emojis are used on a level 6 Cyberpsychology module. 


  • Language and communication using social media


Previous Research 1 

  • The neural correlates of dyslexia 


Previous Research 2

  • Emojis: language or emotion? 




  • Budd, M.-J., Paulmann, S., Barry, C., & Clahsen, H. (2015). Producing morphologically complex words: an ERP study with children and adults. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 12, 51-60. doi:10.1016/j.dcn.2014.11.002
  • Hanley, J. R., Cortis, C., Budd, M.-J., & Nozari, N. (2016). Did I say dog or cat? A study of semantic error detection and correction in children. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 142, 36-47. doi:10.1016/j.jecp.2015.09.008
  • Clahsen H, Paulmann S, Budd M-J, Barry C (2018) Morphological encoding beyond slots and fillers: An ERP study of comparative formation in English. PLoS ONE 13(7): e0199897.
  • Warner, N. & Budd, M-J. (2019). The impact of peer-to-peer coaching on self-esteem, test anxiety, and perceived stress in adolescents. The Coaching Psychologist. 14 (2), pp. 69-79.


Subject Area 1 
- Experimental Research Methods 

Subject Area 2 
- Language 

Subject Area 3 
- Emojis