Lab members

Yanxi Lu, PhD student, is working on the effect of culture and language (native vs. second language) on emotional engagement during language comprehension.

Nikoletta Alexandri, PhD student, is working on emotional and cognitive responses to literary reading; she investigates how different media – e-books, paper books, tablets and audiobooks – affect comprehension, empathy and immersion during reading of fictional and non-fictional stories.

Carina, visiting PhD student, has conducted a project here at Lancaster on conceptual metaphors in poetry interpretation. This is part of her now completed PhD work at the Alpen-Adria University of Klagenfurt, Austria.

Francesca Citron, lab founder, is currently developing future research on the comprehension and affective responses to creative metaphors, in native as well as second language speakers. She is also working on several ongoing projects: a) Visual metaphors in print advertising; b) Aesthetic perception during literary reading; c) Emotions in doctoral distance learners; d) A database of written and spoken natural stories containing idiomatic expressions. Download CV here.


External collaborators:
Jeannette Littlemore, University of Birmingham;
Cristina Soriano, Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, Geneva, Switzerland;
Ana Werkmann Horvat, University of Osijek, Croatia;
Ljiljana Saric, University of Oslo, Norway;
Marianna Bolognesi, University of Bologna, and Francesca Strik-Lievers, University of Genoa, Italy;
Kate Cain, Lancaster University, Psychology, UK;
Padraic Monaghan, Lancaster University, Psychology, UK;
Kyungmee Lee, Lancaster University, Education, UK;
Carina Rasse and Alexander Onysko, University of Klagenfurt, Austria;
Chun-Ting Hsu, Kokoro Research Centre, Kyoto, Japan;

Adele Goldberg, Princeton University, NJ;
Friedemann Pulvermueller, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.