Dr Robin Thompson PhD

Dr Robin Thompson

School of Psychology
Associate Professor
Director of Postgraduate Studies

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School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Robin Thompson is a cognitive psychologist interested in the underlying nature of human language (both signed and spoken) and, in particular, how language is related to other aspects of cognition.

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BA, Linguistics, California State University of Northridge
MA Linguistics, University of California, San Diego
PhD Cognitive Science, University of California, San Diego


Robin Thompson worked as a sign language interpreter and teacher before receiving her MA in Linguistics and then her PhD in Cognitive Science and Linguistics at University of California, San Diego.

She has worked at The Salk Institute (Laboratory for Cognitive Neuroscience) and at San Diego State University (Laboratory for Language and Cognitive Neuroscience) with Professor Karen Emmorey and at the Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre at UCL.

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Please email if you are interested in pursuing research (at any level) in multimodal communication, sign language research, linguistics, psycholinguistics or language and cognition.


Scopus ID: 26533479100

Our understanding of language is changing from a view of language as a system separated from other aspects of cognition, to one in which language is understood to be highly integrated with (and dependent on) other cognitive systems. Robin’s research deals with the interaction and dependency of language on different aspects of human cognition, with a particular focus on the relationship between language (both in terms of acquisition and processing) and modality.

For more information see the Research group website


For a comprehensive list of publications, please visit my research portal.

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