Rebecca Frost


I was awarded my PhD (Psychology) from Lancaster University (UK) in 2014. I completed my MSc (Cognitive Neuroscience) at the University of York (UK) in 2011, and my BSc (Psychology) at Lancaster University (UK) in 2010.

I have worked as a post-doctoral research scientist in the Language Development department since October 2017. Prior to this post, I held a 3-year senior post-doctoral position at the ESRC International Centre for Language and Communicative Development (LuCiD, Lancaster University, UK).

My research investigates the cognitive mechanisms that support language acquisition, and examines the development of such mechanisms in children, with a particular focus on statistical learning. My research seeks to further our understanding of both the way that learners draw on the distribution of information in the world around them during language learning, and the processes that shape their ability to do so. I am also interested in the way that language acquisition is supported by sleep.

Current PhD Students: Katja Stärk (2017-ongoing)

Funding, Grants, and Awards
  • Best Talk, for “Exploring the relationship between infants' statistical learning ability and language development”, at the 4th Annual conference for the ESRC International Centre for Language and Communicative Development (LuCID), Liverpool, UK, awarded July 2018.


  •  Early Career Researcher Grant,  Language Learning, John Benjamins. (PI; $9998, awarded April 2017) 


  • ESRC LuCiD Centre Summer Internship (£1,200; with Dr. Katie Twomey and Dr. Katie Alcock). Funding to host a 6-week research placement. Awarded June 2017. Intern: Charlotte Rothwell.


  • ESRC LuCiD Centre Travel Grant (approx. £3000). Funding to visit Cornell University, USA, to work with Prof. Morten H. Christiansen for a 3-week research visit. Awarded October 2016.


  • ESRC LuCiD Centre Summer Internship (£1,200, PI). Funding to host a 6-week research placement. Intern: Kasha Visagie


  • Experimental Psychology Society (EPS) Grindley Grant for conference attendance (£500). Awarded 2015.


  • PsyPAG domestic conference bursary (£100). Awarded 2014.


  • EPS Grindley Grant for conference attendance (£500). Awarded 2013.


  •  EPS Study Visit Grant (£1,200). Funding to undertake a research visit at The University of Arizona, to work with Prof. Rebecca Gomez for 4-weeks.


  • EPS Grindley Grant for conference attendance (£500). Awarded 2011.


  • PhD Studentship, Faculty of Science and Technology, Lancaster University. Faculty Teaching Studentship; £15,000 p.a. plus full scholarship covering fees for 3 years. Awarded 2011-2014.


Teaching and Supervision

Teaching Qualifications

  • SEDA/HEDA Supporting Learning Programme (Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy)


Courses Taught

  • Lecturer, DGCN18 Language Acquisition (Masters level), Radboud University, NL. 2017/2018, 2018/2019, 2019/2020.


  • Lecturer, LING316 Psycholinguistics (Undergraduate level), Lancaster University, UK. 2015/2016, 2016/2017. 


  • Lecturer, PSYC505 Developmental Psychology (Masters level), Lancaster University, UK. 2015/2016


Tutoring and Seminars

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Lancaster University, 2011-2014

    • Statistics drop-in sessions
    • Research methods labs
    • Statistics labs 
    • Cognitive psychology seminars
    • Introduction to psychology seminars   



  • PhD students

    • Katja Stark (2017-ongoing, primary supervisor)
    • Tony Trotter (2015-2018, informal supervision)


  • MSc/MA students

    • Yevheniy Skyra
    • Niza Hj Jainal
    • Lisa Sanders


  • Interns and casual RAs

    • I have supervised/managed over 25 interns and casual RAs. More information is available on my CV.


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