Eleanor Smith

Smith, Eleanor


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I graduated from the University of Dundee with an MA (Hons) in Psychology with German in summer 2015. After working in an administrative position in the School of Education and Social Work for 9 months I returned to complete my MSc in Psychology Research Methods, graduating in winter 2017. I then worked as administrator for the School of Medicine and Life Sciences Research Ethics Committee until securing funding from the SGSSS (School of Scottish Social Sciences), enabling me to commence my doctoral research in October 2018.


My current research is concerned with psycholinguistics. I developed a passion for the field while interning as a research apprentice in the Caet (Communication and Eye-Tracking) Lab as an undergraduate. Having enjoyed my work there I asked the lead researcher, Dr Yuki Kamide, if she would supervise my honours project. Thankfully she agreed, so under her guidance I undertook a study of local coherence, a type of syntactic ambiguity. Upon returning for my masters I decided to look at a different question, this time investigating dialect. My masters dissertation investigated people's ability to adapt to hearing different dialects and the work sparked media interest in Scotland and the rest of the UK. Following the success of this, I applied to the Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences for a funded studentship, explaining the importance of my work in today's globalising world. I was awarded the place, and together with Dr Yuki Kamide and my second supervisor Dr Alissa Melinger, I am undertaking a project entitled 'Investigation of dialectal representation and adaptation in communication', in which we are looking at how adaptation and audience design in a cross-dialectal context unfold over time using a novel experimental design.

Research interests

As well as my primary research area (psycholinguistic issues surrounding dialect comprehension and use), I am also interested in mental health research. During my MSc in Psychological Research Methods, I collaborated in a study investigating patterns of suicidal behaviour at a local area of interest. The paper was published in Neurology, Psychiatry and Brain Research with me listed as a co-author. I believe strongly in reducing the stigma around suicide and replacing it with frank and open consideration. To that end I have completed the ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) module and act as a community resource in suicide awareness and intervention.


  • Psychological Research Skills (Level 3)
  • Caet Lab eye-tracking training (all levels)
  • Understanding the Mind (Level 2)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

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  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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