My research focuses on how the brain copes with the large vocabularies we own.  Do the characteristics of the words (e.g., their frequency, length, degree of concreteness) determine the way we process them? Are the words we use a reflection of our personality? How do bilingual speakers keep two vocabularies apart and interacting at the same time?
I use a mix of quantitative methods (behavioural and neuroscientific) and qualitative methods (discourse analysis and interviews). 


  1. Izura, C., Wright, V., Fouquet, N. Hemispheric asymmetries in word recognition as revealed by the orthographic uniqueness point effect Frontiers in Psychology: Cognition 5 244
  2. Izura, C., Cuetos, F., Brysbaert, M., Izura, C. Lextale-Esp: A test to rapidly and efficiently assess the Spanish vocabulary size Psicologica 35
  3. Playfoot, D., Izura, C., Izura, C., Playfoot, D. Imageability, age of acquisition, and frequency factors in acronym comprehension The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 66 6 1131 1145
  4. Playfoot, D., Izura, C., Tree, J. Are acronyms really irregular? Preserved acronym reading in a case of semantic dementia Neuropsychologia 51 9 1673 1683
  5. Izura, C., Playfoot, D., Izura, C., Playfoot, D. A normative study of acronyms and acronym naming Behavior Research Methods

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  • PS-M12 Computing Skills

    These seminars give students grounding in the skills necessary to use computer software for their research. The seminars focus on Superlab and E-Prime, which are two of the main computer programs for generating psychology experiments and collecting behavioral data via a computer. Students are taught most aspects of these programmes, including presentation of visual or auditory stimuli, the provision of feedback, and multi-block experiments. Additionally, students are taught how to employ Excel to automate the analysis. These skills are developed through workshop-style seminars, the conduct of practical tasks, and constructive peer evaluation. StudentsÂż skills are assessed by their application in a project comprising the writing of a computer programme to run a psychological experiment in Superlab.

  • PSY211 Cognition II: Higher Level Processes

    The module provides an in depth look at the cognitive processes underlying important higher level functions such as language, thinking, problem solving, reasoning and making decisions. The module will start covering a series of topics within perception and attention such as visual perception, biological motion, auditory perception, chemical senses, touch and proprioception, multisensory experiences, attentional mechanisms, and attention in driving. This will be followed by the most important and hotly debated issues in psycholinguistics, including how children acquire language, how language is processed in the adult mind with particular emphasis on reading, spelling dyslexia and bilingualism. The last part of the module will deal with the way in which humans make judgments, reach decisions and resolve problems and puzzles by examining the research evidence and exploring the classical and current theories.

  • PSY319 Final Year Independent Research Project

    Students conduct an independent research project under the supervision of a member of staff. The research topic is decided in conjunction with supervisors and Research topics. Students must obtain ethical approval, design, conduct, analyse and write up a piece of research in order to achieve Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

  • PSY325 Independent Research Project - Joint Honours

    Students conduct an independent research project under the supervision of a member of staff. Students must obtain ethical approval, design, conduct, analyse and write up a piece of research in order to achieve Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society.


  • A Neuropsychological Assessment of Bilingualism, Cognitive Reserve and Subjective Cognitive Complaints (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Jeremy Tree
  • Detection and Prevention of Online Child Sexual Abuse: Understanding children’s vulnerabilities and strengths (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Tracey Maegusuku-Hewett
  • How does UK employment policy equate to the experience of access to and engagement in economic life in the UK for people with intersecting minority characteristics? The case of Gender, Sexuality and Race. (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Alys Einion- Waller
  • Deconstructing Deception in Online Grooming Communications: A Deceptive Truth (awarded 2019)

    Other supervisor: Prof Nuria Lorenzo-Dus
    Other supervisor: Prof Jason Davies
  • Understanding Age of Acquisition (AoA) effects in morphological processing (awarded 2019)

    Other supervisor: Prof Jeremy Tree
  • 'A Neuropsychological Investigation of Non-clinical Anxiety and information processing speed in Ageing, Subjective And Objective Cognitive Functions (awarded 2018)

    Other supervisor: Prof Andrea Tales
  • Information processing speed in Ageing: Is it task dependent? (awarded 2018)

    Other supervisor: Prof Jeremy Tree
    Other supervisor: Dr Megan Crawford
    Other supervisor: Prof Andrea Tales

Research Groups

  • Language Research Centre

    Language Research Centre

  • Spanish Experimental Psychological Society (SEPEX)

    Spanish Experimental Psychological Society (SEPEX)

  • Brain and Cognition Group

    Brain and Cognition Group

Awards And Prizes

Date Description
2015 Swansea University Scholarship, Online Grooming
2014 Research Initiatives Fund, Online Grooming, From communicative modelling to paedophile profiling
2014 Swansea University Scholarship, An Investigation of the Interfacing of Dementia, Cognitive Reserve and Cognitive Decline
2012 Winner of the 'Best Paper of the Year' award by the Spanish Society for Experimental Psychology
2012 Bridging the Gaps Escalator Fund - Communicative profiling of online sex predators
2012 Bridging the Gaps Escalator Fund - A comparative exploration of the distinctive qualities of oral, hand written and language
2010 Profiling the mental lexicon