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Lucy MacGregor
Research staff, Hearing and language group
    My research focuses on the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying speech comprehension. I am particularly interested in how listeners use contextual information to understand a speaker's intended meaning, given that many of the words we use have multiple meanings (e.g. "ace" can refer to a tennis serve or to a playing card and is also a synonym for "brilliant"). Working with Matt Davis, I am using EEG, MEG and behavioural methods to test cognitive theories and learn more about the brain networks that support successful language comprehension.
      MacGregor, L.J., Rodd, J.M., Gilbert, R.A., Hauk, O., Sohoglu, E., & Davis, M. (2020). The neuromagnetic time course of semantic ambiguity resolution in speech comprehension. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 32(3), 403-425.
      Cope, T., Shtyrov, Y., MacGregor, L.J., Holland, R., Pulvermüller, F., Rowe, J. & Patterson, K. (2020). Anterior temporal lobe is necessary for efficient lateralised processing of spoken word identity. Cortex, 126, 107-118.
      Shtyrov, Y. & MacGregor, L.J. (2016). Near-instant automatic access to words in the brain: Neuromagnetic evidence. Scientific Reports, 6, 26558.
          Mohr, B., MacGregor, L.J., Difrancesco, S., Harrington, K., Pulvermüller, F. & Shtyrov, Y. (2016). Hemispheric contributions to language reorganization: An MEG study of neuroplasticity in chronic post-stroke aphasia. Neuropsychologia, 93(ptB), 413-424.
          MacGregor, L.J., Bouwesema, J. & Klepousniotou, E. (2015). Sustained activation for polysemous but not homonymous words: Evidence from EEG. Neuropsychologia, 68, 126-138.
          MacGregor, L.J., Difrancesco, S., Pulvermüller, F.P., Shtyrov, Y.S., & Mohr, B. (2015). Ultra-rapid access to words in chronic aphasia: The effects of intensive language action therapy (ILAT). Brain Topography, 28, 279-291.
          Featherstone, C., Morrison, C., Waterman, M. & MacGregor, L.J. (2014). Musical training affects semantic integration in sentence processing: Tales of the unexpected. Psychomusicology: Music, Mind and Brain, 24, 291-297.
          Palmer, S.D., MacGregor L.J. & Havelka, J. (2013). Concreteness effects in the acquisition of novel concepts. Brain Research, 1538, 135-150.
          Featherstone, C.R. Morrison C.M., Waterman M.G., & MacGregor L.J. (2013). Semantics, syntax or neither? A case for resolution in the interpretation of N500 and P600 responses to harmonic incongruities. PLoS ONE 8(11): e76600.
          MacGregor, L.J. & Shtyrov, Y.S. (2013). Multiple routes for compound word processing in the brain: Evidence from EEG. Brain and Language, 126, 217-219.
          Bakker, I., MacGregor, L.J., Pulvermüller, F.P., & Shtyrov, Y.S. (2013). Past tense in the brain's time: Neurophysiological evidence for dual-route processing of past-tense verbs. Neuroimage, 71, 187-195.
          MacGregor, L.J., Pulvermüller, F., van Casteren, M., & Shtyrov, Y. (2012). Ultra-rapid access to words in the brain. Nature Communications, 3: 711.
          MacGregor, L.J., Corley, M., & Donaldson, D.I. (2010). Listening to the sound of silence: Investigating the consequences of disfluent silent pauses in speech for listeners. Neuropsychologia, 48, 3982.
          Li L., & MacGregor, L.J. (2010). Investigating the receptive vocabulary size of university-level Chinese learners of English: how suitable is the Vocabulary Levels Test? Language and Education, 24, 239-249.
          MacGregor, L.J., Corley, M., & Donaldson, D.I. (2009). Not all disfluencies are are equal: the effects of disfluent repetitions on language comprehension. Brain and Language, 111, 36-45.
          Collard, P., Corley, M., MacGregor, L.J., & Donaldson, D.I. (2008). Attention orienting effects of hesitations in speech: evidence from ERPs. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 24, 696-702.
          Corley, M., MacGregor, L.J., & Donaldson, D.I. (2007). It's the way that you, er, say it: hesitations in speech affect language comprehension. Cognition, 105, 658-668.