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Dr Gemma Taylor

Biography

I completed my PhD with Dr Jane Herbert at the University of Sheffield studying the role of attention on learning and memory development across infancy. I then worked as a postdoc with Professor Peter Gerhardstein at Binghamton University, New York for a year developing a gaze contingent paradigm to investigate the development of contour detection and implementing a CCTV set up to studying children’s action imitation from television. After that, I spent two years working as a postdoc at the ESRC International Centre for Language and Communicative Development at Lancaster University with Professors Padraic Monaghan and Gert Westermann investigating how children transfer words learnt from storybooks, television and apps to the 3D world. I’m very excited to join the University of Salford this year (2016) as a Lecturer in Psychology. 

Teaching

Module Leader: Introduction to Developmental and Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Introduction to Individual Differences.

Research Interests

Screen media is becoming increasingly ubiquitous in children’s day to day lives, my research strives to understand the impact of screen media on children’s early cognitive development. In particular, I am interested in children’s declarative memory development and children’s early word learning. I am currently working on an ESRC funded project titled “Investigating the educational potential of touchscreen apps for children's early vocabulary acquisition” (May 2018-May 2021).

Salford Cognitive Development Lab website: https://www.salford.ac.uk/research/health-sciences/research-groups/psychology/salford-cognitive-development-lab

Publications

Taylor, G., Monaghan, P., & Westermann, G. (2018). Investigating the association between children's screen media exposure and voculary size in the UK. Journal of Children and Media, 12(1), 51-65.

Hipp, D., Gerhardstein, P., Zimmermann, L., Moser, A., Taylor, G., & Barr, R. (2017). The dimesional divide: Learning from TV and touchscreens during early childhood. In Media Exposure During Infancy and Early Childhood (pp. 33-54). Springger International Publishing.

Taylor, G., Liu, H. & Herbert, J. (2016). The role of verbal labels on flexible memory retrieval at 12-months of age. Infant Behavior and Development, 45, 11-17.

Taylor, G. & Herbert, J.S. (2014). Infant and adult visual attention during an imitation demonstration. Developmental Psychobiology, 56(4), 770-782.

Taylor, G., Hipp, D., Moser, A., Dickerson, K. & Gerhardstein, P. (2014). The Development of Contour Detection: Evidence from Physiology and Psychophysics. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 719.

Taylor, G., Slade, P. & Herbert, J.S. (2014). Infant Face Interest is Associated with Voice Information and Maternal Psychological Health. Infant Behaviour and Development, 37, 597-605.

Taylor, G. & Herbert, J.S. (2013). Eye tracking infants: Investigating the role of attention during learning on recognition memory. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 54(1), 14-19.

OTHER PUBLICATIONS

Galpin, A., & Taylor, G., (2018). Changing behaviour: Children, adolescents and screen use. Available from http://www.bps.org.uk/sites/bps.org.uk/files/Policy%20-%20Files/Changing%20behaviour%20-%20children,%20adolescents,%20and%20screen%20use.pdf

Frost, R., Twomey, K. E., Taylor, G., Westermann, G. and Monaghan P. (2015). Word for word. Nursery World Magazine.

Taylor, G. (2015). Watching TV can actually be good for toddlers, The Conversation, 6 March.

NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE  PRESENTATIONS

Taylor, G., Monaghan, P. & Westermann, G. (2016). Can children learn verbs from touchscreen apps? LuCiD Mini Conference, Manchester, UK.

Taylor, G., Monaghan, P. & Westermann, G. (2016). Children’s verb learning: Touchscreen apps versus live interactions. British Psychological Society: Developmental Psychology Section Annual Conference, Belfast, UK.

Taylor, G., Monaghan, P. & Westermann, G. (2016). Children’s verb learning from touchscreen apps. Lancaster Conference in Infant and Child Development, Lancaster, UK. Poster

Taylor, G., Monaghan, P. & Westermann, G. (2016). The role of storybooks and screen media exposure on children’s language development. International Conference on Infant Studies, New Orleans, LA, USA. Poster.

Taylor, G., Monaghan, P. & Westermann, G. (2015). The role of time spent reading and screen media exposure on children’s language development, LuCiD Mini Conference, Manchester, UK. Poster.

Taylor, G. & Herbert, J.S. (2015). The role of language cues on flexible memory retrieval at 12-months of age, International Society for Developmental Psychobiology, San Sebastian, Spain. Poster.

Hipp, D., Taylor, G., Moser, A. & Gerhardstein, P. (2014). Eyetracking, closed circuit HDTV, and imitation: Parsing the video deficit, International Society for Developmental Psychobiology, Washington, DC. Poster.

Taylor, G. & Herbert, J.S. (2012). Exploring patterns of visual attention during learning. International Society for Developmental Psychobiology, New Orleans, LA.

Taylor, G. & Herbert, J.S. (2012). Where do infants look? Eye-tracking an imitation demonstration. British Psychological Society: Developmental Conference, Glasgow, UK.

Taylor, G. & Herbert, J.S. (2012). Are we looking at the same thing? Eyetracking infants and adults during an imitation demonstration. International Conference on Infant Studies, Minneapolis, MN. Poster.

Taylor, G., Slade, P. & Herbert, J.S. (2011). Do voices and previous experiences mediate infant attention to faces? International Society for Developmental Psychobiology, Washington, DC. Poster.

Taylor, G. & Herbert, J.S. (2011). Why don’t young infants generalise memory across contexts. International Conference on Memory, York, UK. Poster.

Taylor, G. & Herbert, J.S. (2011). Are infant looking patterns during learning related to their memory performance? Society for Research in Child Development, Montréal, Quebec. Poster.