Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Job opportunities at the University of Bristol

The School of Psychological Science at the University of Bristol is seeking to appoint a Senior Lecturer with a track record of high-quality research in the areas of neuropsychology/neuroscience of human cognition, emotion and behaviour. The successful applicant will join a collegiate, supportive department with a vibrant research environment and a passion for excellence in research and teaching. 
Funding for this opportunity follows from the creation of a new MSci programme in Psychology and Neuroscience that will be jointly taught with the School of Physiology, Pharmacology, and Neuroscience.  It is available on a full-time basis with the new MSci starting in September 2020.  
The successful applicant will have a strong, well-developed research profile beyond doctoral level, with an established record of high-quality publishing commensurate with the applicant’s career stage.  You will be able to demonstrate your ability to contribute effectively to the management and delivery of the new MSci programme and existing teaching, including supervising student dissertations and running tutorials. 
The successful candidate will assume responsibility for an appropriate share of administration and will be expected to interact effectively with other academic colleagues within and across subject areas and with external partners. 
The School holds a departmental Bronze Athena SWAN Award. We are committed to the equality of opportunities and to selection on merit. The School and University have a wide range of policies aimed at ensuring fair and effective recruitment and supporting staff in work. 
For further information about the role please contact the Head of School, Professor Chris Jarrold  (, or the School Education Director, Dr Chris Kent ( 
Interviews will be held on Tuesday 31st March 2020. 
We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join us.
The University of Bristol is seeking to appoint an outstanding academic leader as the Head of the School of Psychological Science.
This is an exciting opportunity for someone with inspirational leadership skills to lead and manage the academic business of the School in relation to both strategy and operations, fostering its academic strengths, and promoting research and teaching at the forefront of Psychology.
Outstanding leadership and academic credentials, an open and inclusive approach, and a track record of excellent partnership working are key requirements of the role.
Applications should be made online at (job number ACAD104404).
For more information or an informal discussion please contact Professor Jeremy Tavaré, Dean of Life Sciences,
The closing date for applications is 11.59pm on 15 March 2020.  The interview process will take place over two days on 25/26 March 2020.
We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join us.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Word comprehension in people with left temporal lobe damage

[This is a snippet from a book I'm (slowly) working on for MIT Press. The comprehension task we used here was adapted from Baker et al. 1981 and looked like this, where the auditory presented word to be comprehended was "bear" or on other trials "pear":


With the help of my collaborator and former student Corianne Rogalsky, I probed our chronic stroke dataset, identifying 24 cases of left unilateral temporal lobe damage. The image below shows a lesion overlap map with warmer colors indicating more overlap across patients. 

The average score on the bear-pear-moose-grapes test was 97.9% correct; 16 people had a perfect score, 6 got 95%, and the 2 lowest scorers were at 90% accuracy. Not bad given the sustained damage to Wernicke’s area.