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Dr Anuenue Baker-Kukona

Job: Associate Professor in Quantitative Methods

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 250 6184




Personal profile

Dr Baker-Kukona is a cognitive psychologist. He joined De Montfort University in 2014, following a postdoc at the University of Dundee and PhD at the University of Connecticut. His research focuses on the psychology of language.

Language and cognition

Dr Baker-Kukona’s research investigates the moment-by-moment cognitive processes that support real-time language comprehension. Much of his research uses eye tracking: where we look when we process (spoken) words and sentences can reveal both how we comprehend language in real time and relate this information to the world around us. One aspect of comprehension Dr Baker-Kukona is interested in concerns spatial language: how do we learn and make sense of words and sentences that refer to spatial locations and events (e.g., Kamide, Lindsay, Scheepers, & Kukona, 2016; Kukona, Altmann, & Kamide, 2014)? Another aspect of comprehension he is interested in concerns prediction: how much thinking ahead do we do during language processing, and what do our predictions tell us about the language system (e.g., Kukona, Cho, Magnuson, & Tabor, 2014; Kukona, Fang, Aicher, Chen, & Magnuson, 2011)?

Individual differences

Language comprehension involves a complex array of processes and skills, and comprehenders show tremendous individual differences in language performance. Dr Baker-Kukona is interested in understanding how characteristics such as memory capacity, processing speed and vocabulary size relate to real-time comprehension processes (e.g., Magnuson, et al., 2011; Van Dyke, Johns, & Kukona, 2014).

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Research group affiliations

  • Psychology

Research interests/expertise

  • Language
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Sentence processing
  • Computational modelling
  • Eye movements
  • Statistics

Areas of teaching

  • Cognitive psychology
  • Research methods
  • Statistics



Courses taught

  • PSYC1090 Introductory research methods in psychology (Year 1)
  • PSYC1091 Core areas of psychology (Year 1)
  • PSYC2092 Cognitive psychology (Year 2)

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • British Psychological Society
  • Cognitive Science Society
  • Experimental Psychology Society
  • Higher Education Academy

Internally funded research project information

  • Eye tracking in the psychological sciences, Capital equipment, works and IT/AV, SR Research EyeLink 1000 Plus, 2015-2016, Sponsor.
  • Electroencephalography: Understanding brain and behaviour, Research Capital Investment Fund (RCIF2), BioSemi ActiveTwo, 2014-2015, Investigator, Coulthard, H., Hall, J., Lopes, B., Song, J., Van den Tol, A., & Yu, H.