University of Nottingham Malaysia
School of Psychology

Cognition & Language

Our Research



Malaysia’s multilingual education system makes it a highly strategic country in which to conduct linguistic research. Our cross-campus, multidisciplinary research group utilizes the university’s unique tri-campus setting to conduct psycholinguistic research across disciplines such as Psychology, English, and Modern Languages and Culture, involving mono- and multilinguals of different linguistic backgrounds.  

We use multiple techniques (behavioural, eye-tracking, and ERPs) to conduct basic and applied research into human cognition and language, focusing on areas, such as bilingualism and multilingualism, language acquisition, recognition memory, word recognition, and speech perception.   

Research themes include the impact of language background on executive functions, processes that help us ignore distractions, suppress inappropriate responses, and shift performance across tasks. Other research focuses on how language background influences discourse comprehension and word recognition.


Ongoing Projects and Research Interests



Current Projects

    • Cross-modal recognition memory across the lifespan using ERPs
    • Identifying the role of learning environment and SES status on executive function in bilingual or multilingual children and adults
    • Developing a cost-effective language assessment tool in Malaysia
    • Examining phonetic representations and training perceptual sensitivity in young and adult second language speakers

Research Interests

  • Bilingualism and multilingualism
  • Executive function
  • Speech perception
  • Discourse comprehension
  • Language assessment methods
  • Second language acquisition
  • Cognitive Development

Walter van Heuven, School of Psychology, University of Nottingham (UK)

Nicola Pitchford, School of Psychology, University of Nottingham (UK)

Azlina Amir Kassim, Bangor University (UK)

Wei Lin Poh, Heriot Watt University Malaysia


School of Psychology

University of Nottingham Malaysia
Jalan Broga, 43500 Semenyih
Selangor Darul Ehsan

telephone: +6 (03) 8924 8000
fax: +6 (03) 8924 8018

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