I work in Experimental Pragmatics, an area of Cognitive Science that employs psycholinguistic techniques to investigate theories of how we produce and interpret language in context.
I am a postdoctoral fellow working with Paula Rubio-Fernandez on the project 'Vision shapes language: referential communication in blind, sighted and newly-sighted individuals' funded by the Research Council of Norway. The aim of the project is to study the extent to which visual processes influence the development of referential communication and common ground over the course of childhood.
Prior to this, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Edinburgh working with Paula Rubio-Fernandez and Hannah Rohde on the project 'Linguistic and cognitive factors in effective referential communication' funded by the Research Council of Norway. In this project we investigated younger and older adults' choice of referring expressions in interactive contexts and how that relates to memory capacity, executive control, and Theory of Mind. My PhD thesis examined the cognitive mechanisms underlying perspective-taking over the lifespan and the impact of later-life language learning on cognitive ageing.
Personal Website: http://drmlong.github.io
2018: PhD in Linguistics, University of Edinburgh
2014: MSc in Developmental Linguistics, University of Edinburgh
2010: MA in Spanish Linguistics, Middlebury College (in Spain and Mexico)
2009: BA in Spanish and English Literature, Georgetown University
Long M, Rohde H, Rubio-Fernandez, P. (2020) The pressure to communicate efficiently continues to shape language use later in life. Scientific Reports 10, 8241.
Long M, Vega-Mendoza M, Rohde H, Sorace A, Bak H. (2019) Undergraduate factors contributing to variability in cognitive performance related to language learning. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 1-11.
Long M, Horton WS, Rohde H, Sorace A. (2018) Individual differences in switching and inhibition predictive perspective-taking across the lifespan. Cognition 170, 25-30.
Bak T, Long M, Vega-Mendoza M, Sorace A. (2016) Novelty, challenge, and practice: the impact of intensive language learning on attentional functions. PLoS ONE 11 (4): e0153485.
- Long, Madeleine; Rohde, Hannah & Rubio-Fernandez, Paula (2020). The pressure to communicate efficiently continues to shape language use later in life. Scientific Reports. ISSN 2045-2322. 10(1) . doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-64475-6 Full text in Research Archive.
- Long, Madeleine; Vega-Mendoza, Mariana; Rohde, Hannah; Sorace, Antonella & Bak, Thomas (2019). Understudied factors contributing to variability in cognitive performance related to language learning. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. ISSN 1366-7289. s 1- 11 . doi: 10.1017/S1366728919000749 Full text in Research Archive.
- Long, Madeleine; Horton, William S.; Rohde, Hannah & Sorace, Antonella (2018). individual differences in switching and inhibition predict perspective-taking across the lifespan. Cognition. ISSN 0010-0277. 170, s 25- 30 . doi: 10.1016/j.cognition.2017.09.004