Dr Ross Macdonald


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I attained a BSc in Psychology from the University of Dundee in 2010. I then stayed on as a postgraduate for an MSc in Eye Movements and Cognition followed by a PhD in Psychology. In 2014, I began my first Research Associate post at Saarland University (Germany). My research to date has broadly focused on the interplay between vision and language as well as the use of non-verbal cues in natural communication. I have primarily investigated these issues using eye-tracking methods, which I continue to use as part of the ESRC International Centre for Language and Communicative Development (LuCiD).

In LuCiD, I am working as a Research Associate on The comprehension and production of restrictive relative clauses project, led by Ludovica Serratrice. With this project we aim to to investigate how a number of factors predict children’s comprehension and production of relative clauses. In addition we will assess the role of cognitive flexibility, working memory and sentence recall abilities in understanding individual variation in children’s syntactic choices of a complex syntactic construction.


External positions

Postdoctoral Researcher, Universitat des Saarlandes

1 Nov 20144 May 2016

Areas of expertise

  • BF Psychology - Cognitive Science, Social Cognition, Psycholinguistics, Visual cognition, Eye tracking, Social Attention, language Acquisition

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2015 - PhD Psychology , University of Dundee (2011 - 2014)
  • 2011 - MSc (Distinction) Eye Movements and Cognition, University of Dundee (2010 - 2011)
  • 2010 - BSc (hons) Psychology, University of Dundee (2007 - 2010)

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