Madeleine Rebecca Anne Long

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Visiting address Blindernveien 31 Georg Morgenstiernes hus 0313 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1020 Blindern 0315 Oslo

Academic interests

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.

About me

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 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

Higher education

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

Tags: Cognitive Psychology, Pragmatics, Psycholinguistics, Cognitive Ageing, Language Learning

Publications

Shukla V, Long M, Bhatia V, Rubio-Fernandez P, 2021. Some sentences prime pragmatic reasoning in the verification and evaluation of comparisons. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. [link]

Long M, Moore I, Mollica F, Rubio-Fernandez P, 2021. Contrast perception as a visual heuristic in the formulation of referential expressions. Cognition. [link]

Long M, Shukla V, Rubio-Fernandez P, 2021. The development of simile comprehension: from similarity to scalar implicature. Child Development. [link]

Long M, Rohde H, Rubio-Fernandez P, 2020. The pressure to communicate efficiently continues to shape language use later in life. Scientific Reports 10, 8214. [link]

Long M, Vega-Mendoza M, Rohde H, Sorace A, Bak T, 2019. Understudied factors contributing to variability in cognitive performance related to language learning. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition 1-11. [link]

Long M, 2018. The lifelong interplay between language and cognition: from language learning to perspective-taking, new insights into the ageing mind. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh. [link]

Long M, Horton WS, Rohde H, Sorace A, 2018. Individual differences in switching and inhibition predict perspective-taking across the lifespan. Cognition 170, 25-30. [link]

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. [link]

Under review

Long M, Rohde H, Oraa Ali M, Rubio-Fernandez P. Pronoun production remains stable over the adult lifespan for contexts with topic continuity. (Revised and resubmitted.)

Shukla V, Long M, Rubio-Fernandez P. Children’s acquisition of discourse markers in English, Hindi, Mandinka and Spanish: effects of optionality, grammaticalization and narrative elicitation. (Revised and resubmitted.)

Long M, MacPherson S, Rubio-Fernandez P. Age-related differences in how speakers relay news in face-threatening contexts.

Long M, Turner G, Vega-Mendoza M, Sorace A, Bak T. Cognitive psychology meets sociolinguistics: effects of brief intensive language learning on attentional functions and language attitudes.

Rubio-Fernandez P, Long M, Shukla V, Bhatia V, Sinha P. Visual perspective taking is not automatic in a simplified Dot task: evidence from newly sighted children, primary school children and adults.

Conference presentations

Long M, MacPherson S, Rubio-Fernandez P, 2021. Ageing and communication in face-threatening contexts. Short talk presented at the 34th CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Philadelphia, PA.

Long M, Moore I, Mollica F, Rubio-Fernandez P, 2021. Perceptual contrast as a visual heuristic in the formulation of referential expressions. Short talk presented at the 34th CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Philadelphia, PA.

Shukla V, Long M, Bhatia V, Rubio-Fernandez P, 2021. Priming pragmatic reasoning in the verification and evaluation of comparisons. Short talk presented at the 34th CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Philadelphia, PA.

Shukla V, Long M, Bhatia V, Rubio-Fernandez P, 2020. Children’s acquisition of new/given mark- ers in English, Hindi, Mandinka and Spanish. Short talk presented at the 34th CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Philadelphia, PA.

Long M, Shukla V, Rubio-Fernandez P, 2020. The development of simile comprehension: From similarity to scalar implicature. Poster presented at the 33rd CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Amherst, MA.

Long M, Shukla V, Rubio-Fernandez P, 2020. The development of simile comprehension: from comparison to scalar implicature. Poster presented at the Budapest CEU Conference on Cognitive Development, Budapest, Hungary.

Rubio-Fernandez P, Shukla V, Long M, Jallow F, Bialecka-Pikul M, Jara-Ettinger J, 2019. Two cross-linguistic studies on the acquisition of definiteness and Theory of Mind. Paper presented at the Meaning in Flux Conference, New Haven, CT.

Long M, Rohde H, Oraa Ali M, Rubio-Fernandez P, 2019. The role of communicative strategies and cognitive control on referential efficiency across the adult lifespan. Poster presented at the 8th Experimental Pragmatics (XPrag) Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Long M, Rohde H, Oraa Ali M, Rubio-Fernandez P, 2019. Referential efficiency across adulthood: communicative strategies and cognitive control. Poster presented at the 32nd CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Boulder, CO.

Long M, Horton WS, Rohde H, Sorace A, 2017. Individual differences in perspective taking: inhibition and switching across the lifespan. Poster presented at the 30th CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Boston, MA.

Long M, Vega-Mendoza M, Sorace A, Bak T, 2016. Effects of later-life language learning on cognitive ageing. Paper presented at the 6th Aging and Society Conference, Norrk ̈oping, Sweden.

Long M, Vega-Mendoza M, Sorace A, Bak T, 2015. In praise of novelty and practice: language learning improves and maintains attention. Poster presented at the 40th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, Boston, MA.

Long M, Vega-Mendoza M, Sorace, A, Bak T, 2015. Language learning as cognitive training: attentional improvement after a one-week intensive Gaelic course. Poster presented at the 21st Annual Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing conference, Valetta, Malta.

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