Jane Morgan

Dr Jane Morgan BA (Hons), PhD, PgCert

Principal Lecturer


Jane is the Markets and Recruitment Lead and the Psychology Group Leader. She has worked at Sheffield Hallam University since 2003 in a variety of academic roles. She has been Admissions and Recruitment tutor, Level 5 Year Tutor and Course Leader for our BPS-accredited BSc Psychology and Sociology which she was involved in developing. She was appointed as a Principle Lecturer in 2012 where she works across the department as Markets and Recruitment lead. Jane is a member of the cognitive psychology teaching team and lead undergraduate and postgraduate modules in cognitive psychology as well as specialised modules in language processing and cognitive development. She is an active researcher in the field of psycholinguistics.


Jane's teaching interests mainly lie within the area of cognitive psychology. She leads and has developed core cognitive psychology modules at undergraduate level as well as a more specialised final year option module which explores language and speech processing. At Masters level modules she leads modules in cognitive psychology and cognitive development. She also contributes to the Academic and Professional Development Modules.

Teaching interests

Cognitive psychology
Language processing and in particular speech production
The processes involved in the generation and monitoring of the sound-based representation which is constructed in preparation for speech
The nature of lexical semantic representations in patients with aphasia
Visual word recognition and phonological and orthographic
Influences on novel word learning
The challenges faced by non-native speakers when processing English
The linguistic and emotional processing throughout the adult lifespan
The nature of expertise in older age



I have a number of collaborations with colleagues here at Sheffield Hallam University as well as at external institutions.

In collaboration with Dr Linda Wheeldon (University of Birmingham) I am interested in the processes involved in the generation and monitoring of the sound-based representation which is constructed in preparation for speech. Our current research investigates how the speech production architecture (and in particular phonological encoding processes) interacts with verbal short-term memory.

With Dr Ruth Herbert (University of Sheffield) I investigate the nature of lexical semantic representations in patients with aphasia (using low cognitive load tasks e.g., priming and eye movement methods).

With Dr Anna Weighall (University of Leeds) I research visual word recognition (using SMS shortcuts along with Dr Kirsten Bartlett, University of Sheffield); and phonological and orthographic influences on novel word learning.

With Dr Anna Maria Di Betta (Sheffield Hallam University) I investigate the challenges faced by non-native speakers when processing English.

Finally I collaborate with Dr Lisa Reidy (Sheffield Hallam University) to investigate linguistic and emotional processing throughout the adult lifespan and the nature of expertise in older age.

The University of Birmingham, The University of Sheffield and The University of Leeds


Journal articles

Dyson, L., Morgan, J., & Herbert, R. (2021). Novel matched stimuli for assessment of lexical semantics. Aphasiology. http://doi.org/10.1080/02687038.2021.1924354

Dyson, L., Morgan, J., & Herbert, R. (2020). Semantic processing in aphasia: evidence from semantic priming and semantic interference. Language, cognition and neuroscience. http://doi.org/10.1080/23273798.2020.1849749

Morgan, J., Edwards, S., & Wheeldon, L.R. (2014). The relationship between language production and verbal short-term memory: The role of stress grouping. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 67 (2), 220-246. http://doi.org/10.1080/17470218.2013.799216

Morgan, J.L., van Elswijk, G., & Meyer, A.S. (2008). Extrafoveal processing of objects in a naming task: evidence from word probe experiments. Psychonomic bulletin and review, 15 (3), 561-565. http://doi.org/10.3758/PBR.15.3.561

Morgan, J.L., & Meyer, A.S. (2005). Processing of extrafoveal objects during multiple-object naming. Journal of experimental psychology: learning, memory and cognition, 31 (3), 428-442. http://doi.org/10.1037/0278-7393.31.3.428

Morgan, J.L., & Wheeldon, L.R. (2003). Syllable monitoring in internally and externally generated english words. Journal of psycholinguistic research, 32 (3), 269-296. http://doi.org/10.1023/A:1023591518131

Wheeldon, L.R., & Morgan, J.L. (2002). Phoneme monitoring in internal and external speech. Language and cognitive processes, 17 (5), 503-535. http://doi.org/10.1080/01690960143000308

Theses / Dissertations

Dicks, G. (2023). Contrasting L1 profiles through early orthographic and phonological processing of written English. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Morgan, J. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00567

Dean Marshall, N. (2021). Toes in Pies: Exploring the Processing of Spanish –English Interlingual Homographs. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Dibetta, A., & Morgan, J. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00477

Dimelow, N.A. (2019). Emotion Recognition Ability in Older Adults. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Morgan, J. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00199

Hancock, R. (2016). The development of real-world and counterfactual-world inference generation abilities during adolescence. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Reidy, L., Morgan, J., & Reynolds, D.

Other activities

  • I am a Chartered Member (CPsychol) and Associate Fellow (AFBPsS) of the British Psychological Society
  • In addition I am the Academic Departmental Liaison to the BPS
  • I am a member of the Experimental Psychology Society (UK) and the European Society of Cognitive Psychology (ESCoP)
  • I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Postgraduate supervision

I supervise research projects at PhD level.

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