Dr Josie Briscoe

B.Sc.(Dund.), Ph.D.(Bristol)

  • BS8 1TU


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Research interests

My research goals seek to understand the interface between memory and language skills within children’s cognitive development, particularly for children with atypical development in language, memory and communication, and from a neurobiological perspective.   

One ongoing line of research (with David Skuse) grasps the challenge of identifying a heritable phenotype within semantic cognition, within a single multi-generational family – the JR family.   By using molecular genetics methods (with Katerina Kucera and Simon Fisher), we seek to identify genomic variants that potentially co-segregate with this novel and interesting phenotype.   Further to this, I am interested in the regulation of semantic cognition in children.

A second line of research probes lexico-semantic influences on immediate memory recall.  For example, I have probed list composition effects on children’s short-term memory (with Clive Frankish), dual-task effects on immediate story memory (with Anna Kapikian) and the learning and retention of ‘proto-words’ extracted through children’s exposure to statistical regularities in speech (with Sven Mattys).  An exciting new prospect is to understand how people retain meaning from stories, particularly when misinformed, by looking for neural signatures of recall in functional MRI (with Steve Lewandowsky, Ulli Ecker, Jade Thai and Jon Brooks).

A third line of research probes cognitive and perceptual elements of self and identity associated with language and communication disorders.  For example, I am interested face-voice associations (with Mallika Sen) and whether other-identity extracted from everyday percepts (faces and voices) conveys a symbolic benefit to children’s language? Or whether children’s construct of self (self-recognition) varies systematically with self-referential language in children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders?


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Research Output

  • 15 Article (Academic Journal)
  • 5 Conference Poster
  • 2 Conference Paper
  • 1 Comment/debate (Academic Journal)

A specific cognitive deficit within semantic cognition across a multi-generational family

Briscoe, J., Chilvers, R., Baldeweg, T. & Skuse, D., 22 Sep 2012, In : Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 279, p. 3652-61 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • 6 Citations (Scopus)

    Drawing Firmer Conclusions: Autistic Children Show No Evidence of a Local Processing Bias in a Controlled Copying Task

    Smith, A. D., Kenny, L., Rudnicka, A., Briscoe, J. & Pellicano, L., Nov 2016, In : Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 46, 11, p. 3481-3492 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 5 Citations (Scopus)
    274 Downloads (Pure)

    Children's use of multimodal identity concepts to facilitate speech recognition.

    Sen, M. & Briscoe, J., May 2014.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference Poster


    • 1 Publication peer-review

    International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders (Journal)

    Josie Briscoe (Peer reviewer)


    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

    Supervised Work

    The development of semantic cognition: Effects of typicality on semantically-driven tasks in children aged five to ten

    Author: Daw, K., 19 Mar 2019

    Supervisor: Briscoe, J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Science (MSc)