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Dr Glenn Williams

Assistant Professor

Department: Psychology

I graduated from Northumbria University in 2011 and 2012, obtaining my BSc (Hons) Psychology and MRes Language & Cognition degrees respectively. In 2016 I graduated with a PhD in Psychology at the University of Dundee under the supervision of Dr. Yuki Kamide.

Following this, I worked as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow on a Leverhulme funded grant with Prof Vera Kempe at Abertay University exploring the impact of dialect on literacy acquisition. I was then appointed as Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Sunderland in 2019 before I returned to Northumbria University as Assistant Professor in Psychology in 2022.

Glenn Williams

My research interests are centred on language processing and literacy acquisition. I'm exploring how we represent (spatial) events as discourse unfolds, and how this influences the accessibility of discourse referents during processing. I'm also interested in how exposure to a dialect influences literacy acquisition, language comprehension, and production.

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  • Time spent playing video games during periods of isolation has no effect on loneliness or mental health, Hodgetts, S., Butler, J., Williams, G. 25 Oct 2023, In: Behaviour and Information Technology
  • Uncovering the social determinants of brain injury rehabilitation, Dunne, S., Williams, G., Bradbury, C., Keyes, T., Lane, A., Yang, K., Ellison, A. 1 Sep 2023, In: Journal of Health Psychology
  • Adverse effects of loneliness but no effect of gaming on mental health in gamers during three UK COVID-19 lockdowns, Hodgetts, S., Williams, G., Butler, J. 18 Feb 2022
  • Exposure to dialect variation in an artificial language prior to literacy training impairs reading of words with competing variants but does not affect decoding skills, Williams, G., Panayotov, N., Kempe, V. 1 Dec 2022, In: Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition
  • Uncovering the social determinants of brain injury rehabilitation, Dunne, S., Williams, G., Bradbury, C., Keyes, T., Lane, A., Yang, K., Ellison, A. 25 Jul 2022
  • How does dialect exposure affect learning to read and spell? An artificial orthography study, Williams, G., Panayotov, N., Kempe, V. 1 Dec 2020, In: Journal of Experimental Psychology: General
  • Implicit Sequence Learning in Applied Game Design, Panayotov, N., Williams, G., Kirk, N., Kempe, V. 7 Jan 2020
  • Spatial narrative context modulates semantic (but not visual) competition during discourse processing, Williams, G., Kukona, A., Kamide, Y. 1 Oct 2019, In: Journal of Memory and Language
  • The psychological science accelerator: Advancing psychology through a distributed collaborative network, Moshontz, H., Campbell, L., Ebersole, C., Ijzerman, H., Urry, H., Forscher, P., Grahe, J., McCarthy, R., Musser, E., Antfolk, J., Castille, C., Evans, T., Fiedler, S., Flake, J., Forero, D., Janssen, S., Keene, J., Protzko, J., Aczel, B., Solas, S., Ansari, D., Awlia, D., Baskin, E., Batres, C., Borras-Guevara, M., Brick, C., Chandel, P., Chatard, A., Chopik, W., Clarance, D., Coles, N., Corker, K., Dixson, B., Dranseika, V., Dunham, Y., Fox, N., Gardiner, G., Garrison, S., Gill, T., Hahn, A., Jaeger, B., Kačmár, P., Kaminski, G., Kanske, P., Kekecs, Z., Kline, M., Koehn, M., Kujur, P., Williams, G., Wilson, J. 1 Dec 2018, In: Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science

Mathew Ciesla Dialect Effects on Language Development and Comprehension Start Date: 01/10/2023

You can read more about me and my work at

  • Psychology PhD June 30 2016
  • Education PGCert
  • Linguistics MRes
  • Psychology BSc (Hons)

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