About

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.

Currently I'm a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oslo working with Paula Rubio-Fernandez on the project 'Vision shapes language: referential communication in blind, sighted and newly-sighted individuals'. Prior to this, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Edinburgh working with Hannah Rohde and Paula Rubio-Fernandez on a project investigating 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.

Work


Publications
Shukla V, Long M, Bhatia V, Rubio-Fernandez P. (in press). Some sentences prime pragmatic reasoning in the verification and evaluation of comparisons. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition.
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.
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. Speaker-internal biases in referential choice remain stable over the adult lifespan.
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.
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.
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.