Dr Anna Woollams
My research interests focus on multiple aspects of normal and disordered language processing. I have primarily considered normal reading and the way in which this ability can be disrupted subsequent to brain damage, in particular by illnesses such as Semantic Dementia and Progressive NonFluent Aphasia.
The theoretical context of this work is provided by connectionist models of language processing. These models allow for consideration of the impact of systematic individual differences upon normal reading behaviour and also of the consequences that these may have for performance seen after brain damage.
I am currently validating and extending my previous work using neuroimaging techniques and repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation. In the future, I aim to apply the predictions of connectionist models to the processes involved in the very first stages of literacy acquisition, using behavioural and electrophysiological measures.
My academic life in Australia included completion of a doctorate in experimental psycholinguistics within the Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science in 2002, followed by a Psychology Lectureship at the University of Wollongong in 2003. I then moved to the UK in order to take up a postdoctoral research position within the Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge in 2004. I moved to a Psychology Lectureship at the University of Manchester in 2007, where I currently conduct research within the Neuroscience and Aphasia Research Group (NARU).
Collaborators and affiliated staff
Current Doctoral Students:
Magaret Sandars Smith
Professor Karalyn Patterson
Professor Matt Lambon Ralph
Professor Steven Rapcsak
Dr Anna Theakston
Dr Joanna Moy
Dr Daniel Roberts
Dr Lotte Meteyard
Dr Paul Hoffman
Dr Holly Robson
Dr Rebecca Butler
Dr Lauren Cloutman
Hoffman, P., Lambon Ralph, M. & Woollams, A (2015).
Triangulation of the neurocomputational architecture underpinning reading aloud. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 112(28), E3719-E3728. eScholarID:277284 | DOI:10.1073/pnas.1502032112
Woollams, A (2015).
Butler, R., Ralph, M. & Woollams, A (2014).
Woollams, A.M. (2014).
Connectionist Neuropsychology: Uncovering ultimate causes of acquired dyslexia. Philosophical Transations of the Royal Society B, eScholarID:211006
Meteyard, L., Price, C., Woollams, A. & Aydelott, J (2013).
Roberts, D.J., Woollams, A.M., Kim, E., Beeson, P., Rapcsak, S.Z., & Lambon Ralph, M.A. (2013).
Efficient Visual Object and Word Recognition Relies on High Spatial Frequency Coding in the Left Posterior Fusiform Gyrus: Evidence from a Case-Series of Patients with Ventral Occipito-Temporal Cortex Damage. Cerebral Cortex, 23(11), 2568-2580. eScholarID:176462 | DOI:10.1093/cercor/bhs224
Evans, G., Ralph, M. & Woollams, A (2012).
Woollams, A.M. & Patterson, K. (2012).
Welbourne, S., Woollams, A., Crisp, J. & Ralph, M (2011).
Woollams, A., Silani, G., Okada, K., Patterson, K. & Price, C (2011).
Word or word-like? Dissociating orthographic typicality from lexicality in the left occipito-temporal cortex. Journal of cognitive neuroscience, 23(4), 992. eScholarID:110444 | PMID:20429854 | DOI:10.1162/jocn.2010.21502
Roberts, D., Ralph, M. & Woollams, A (2010).
Woollams, A., Lambon, R., Plaut, D. & Patterson, K (2010).
Knibb, J., Woollams, A., Hodges, J. & Patterson, K (2009).
Woollams AM, Joanisse M, Patterson K. (2009).
Hodges J.R, Martinos M, Woollams AM, Patterson K, Adlam A.R. (2008).
Woollams AM, Cooper-Pye E, Hodges J.R, Patterson K. (2008).
Hauk O, Patterson K, Woollams AM, Pye E, Pulvermuller F, Rogers T.T. (2007).
How the camel lost its hump: The impact of object typicality on ERP signals in object decision. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 19, 1338 - 1353. eScholarID:1d27520 | DOI:10.1162/jocn.2007.19.8.1338
Woollams AM, Lambon Ralph MA, D.C. Plaut, K. Patterson. (2007).
Hauk O, Patterson K, Woollams AM, Watling L, Pulvermuller F, Rogers T.T. (2006).
[Q:] When would you prefer a SOSSAGE to a SAUSAGE? [A:] At about 100msec. ERP correlates of orthographic typicality and lexicality in written word recognition. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 18(5), 1-15. eScholarID:1d27521
Patterson K, Lambon Ralph MA, Jefferies E, Woollams AM, Jones R, Hodges J. R, Rogers T. T. (2006).
'Pre-semantic' cognition in semantic dementia: Six deficits in search of an explanation. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 18, eScholarID:1d9177
Andrews S, Woollams AM, Bond R. (2005).
Spelling-sound typicality only affects words with digraphs: Further qualifications to the generality of the regularity effect on word naming. Journal of Memory and Language, 53, 567-593. eScholarID:1d14860 | DOI:10.1016/j.jml.2005.04.002
Woollams AM. (2005).
Imageability and ambiguity effects in speeded naming: Convergence and divergence. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 31(5), 878-890. eScholarID:1d14853 | DOI:10.1037/0278-7318.104.22.1688