BA (Sydney), PhD (UNSW)
I worked as a research officer for the Australian Government, before doing my PhD research at UNSW on associative learning in pigeons. I came to the University of Queensland after several years at the University of Adelaide, and developed research interests in cognition and language.
Member, Psychonomic Society,
Australian Psychological Society, Australian Experimental Psychology Society.
Visual word recognition; spelling and literacy in adults; attention, especially the Attentional Blink (AB), episodic and working memory, especially in language processing.
Burt, J. S., & Long, J. (2011). Are word representations abstract or instance-based? Effects of spelling inconsistency in orthographic learning. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, 65(3), 214-228.
Burt, J. S. Howard, S., & Falconer, E. K. (2011). T1 difficulty affects the AB: Manipulating T1 word frequency and T1 orthographic neighbor frequency. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 73(3), 751-765.
Burt, J. S. (2009). Identifiable orthographically similar word primes interfere in visual word identification. Journal of Memory and Language, 61, 259 - 284.
Burt, J. S., & Blackwell, P. (2008). Sound-spelling consistency in adult orthographic learning. Journal of Research in Reading, 31, 77-96
Burt, J. S. (2006). Spelling in Adults: The Combined Influences of Language Skills and Reading Experience. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 35, 447-470.
Burt, J. S. (2006). What is orthographic processing skill and how does it relate to word identification in reading? Journal of Research in Reading, 29(4), 1-18.
Herbert, D. M. B., & Burt, J. S. (2004). What do students remember?: Episodic memory and the development of schematisation. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 18, 77-88.
Healy, D., & Burt, J. S. (2003). Attending to the distractor and old/new discriminations in negative priming. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 56A, 421-443.
Burt, J. S. (2002). Why do non-color words interfere with color naming? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 28, 1019-1038.
Burt, J. S.,& Tate, H. (2002). Does a reading lexicon provide orthographic representations for spelling? Journal of Memory and Language, 46, 518-543.
Burt, J. S. & Fury, M. (2000). Spelling in adults: The role of reading skills and experience. Reading and Writing, 13, 1-30.
Burt, J. S. (1999). Associative priming in color naming: Interference and facilitation. Memory and Cognition, 27, 454-464.
Note: Coordinator roles prior to 2009 and tutor roles prior to 2006 are not included.
Visual word identification and spelling in adults; memory and language; attention, especially in relation to word processing, and the phenomenon of repetition blindness. I also work in learning and memory, with a specific focus on the testing effect.
In 2017 I plan to offer one project in word identification. It concerns the effects of word repetition in short sequences of briefly displayed words. Although a repeated word is more easily processed by the reading system, word repetition has an adverse effect on event separation and sequencing in working memory.
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