Dr Carmel Houston-Price

Position/Job Title:

Associate Professor




+44 (0)118 378 5378



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Director of Teaching and Learning, Psychology


Undergraduate: Cognitive Development, Language Development, Lexical Processes & Aphasia; Postgraduate: Methods in Language Development Research

PhD Project Supervision:

Language and Cognition

Areas of interest:

Language acquisition, especially vocabulary development. Cognitive development, especially gaze-following and Theory of Mind understanding. Infant health: Measuring & altering infants' food preferences.

Research groups & Centres:

Language and Cognition; Nutrition and Health; Child Development Group; Lifespan Development


"The development of an innovative, evidence-based, multi-sensory strategy for enhancing young children’s enjoyment of healthy food products and associated personal and in-store brand experiences". £166,638. Ella's Kitchen/KTP.

"A visual exposure strategy to facilitate the introduction of fruits and vegetables into the diets of toddlers". £99,724. Economic and Social Research Council.


BSc, London; DPhil, Oxford


Wilkinson, K. S. and Houston-Price, C. (2013) Once upon a time, there was a pulchritudinous princess…: the role of word definitions and multiple story contexts in children’s learning of difficult vocabulary. Applied Psycholinguistics, 34 (3). 591-613 . ISSN 1469-1817 doi: 10.1017/S0142716411000889

Naish, K. R., Reader, A. T., Houston-Price, C., Bremner, A. J. and Holmes, N. P. (2013) To eat or not to eat? Kinematics and muscle activity of reach-to-grasp movements are influenced by the action goal, but observers do not detect these differences. Experimental Brain Research, 225 (2). pp. 261-275. ISSN 0014-4819 doi: 10.1007/s00221-012-3367-2

Houston-Price, C., Goddard, K., Seclier, C., Grant, S. C., Reid, C. J.B., Boyden, L. E. and Williams, R. (2011) Tracking speakers’ false beliefs: is theory of mind available earlier for word learning? Developmental Science, 14 (4). pp. 623-634. ISSN 1363-755X doi: 10.1111/j.1467-7687.2010.01003.x

Heath, P., Houston-Price, C. and Kennedy, O. B. (2011) Increasing food familiarity without the tears. A role for visual exposure? Appetite, 57 (3). pp. 832-838. ISSN 0195-6663 doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2011.05.315

Mather, E., Schafer, G. and Houston-Price, C. (2011) The impact of novel labels on visual processing during infancy. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 29 (4). pp. 783-805. ISSN 0261-510X doi: 10.1348/2044-835X.002008

Houston-Price, C. M. T., Caloghiris, Z. and Raviglione, E. (2010) Language experience shapes the development of the mutual exclusivity bias. Infancy, 15 (2). pp. 125-150. ISSN 1525-0008 doi: 10.1111/j.1532-7078.2009.00009.x

Houston-Price, C., Burton, E., Hickinson, R., Inett, J., Moore, E., Salmon, K. and Shiba, P. (2009) Picture book exposure elicits positive visual preferences in toddlers. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 104 (1). pp. 89-104. ISSN 0022-0965 doi: 10.1016/j.jecp.2009.04.001

Houston-Price, C., Butler, L. and Shiba, P. (2009) Visual exposure impacts on toddlers' willingness to taste fruits and vegetables. Appetite, 53 (3). pp. 450-453. ISSN 0195-6663 doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2009.08.012

Farran, E.K., Brown, J.H., Cole, V.L., Houston-Price, C. and Karmiloff-Smith, A. (2008) A longitudinal study of perceptual grouping by proximity, luminance and shape in infants at two, four and six months. European Journal of Developmental Science, 2 (4). pp. 353-369. ISSN 1863-3811

Houston-Price, C., Mather, E. and Sakkalou, E. (2007) Discrepancy between parental reports of infants' receptive vocabulary and infants' behaviour in a preferential looking task. Journal of Child Language, 34 (4). pp. 701-724. ISSN 0305-0009 doi: 10.1017/s0305000907008124

Farran, E.K., Brown, J.H., Cole, V.L., Houston-Price, C. and Karmiloff-Smith, A. (2007) The development of perceptual grouping in infants with Williams syndrome. European Journal of Developmental Science, 1 (3). pp. 253-271. ISSN 1863-3811

Farran, E.K., Brown, J.H., Houston-Price, C., Cole, V.L. and Karmiloff-Smith, A. (2006) Atypical perception in Williams syndrome. In: SET for Britain event, House of Commons, London, UK.

Houston-Price, C., Plunkett, K. and Duffy, H. (2006) The use of social and salience cues in early word learning. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 95 (1). pp. 27-55. ISSN 0022-0965 doi: 10.1016/j.jecp.2006.03.006

Houston-Price, C., Plunkett, K., Duffy, H., Mather, E. and Schafer, G. (2005) Co-variation as a cue to words' meanings. In: International Congress for the Study of Child Language, Berlin, Germany.

Houston-Price, C., Plunkett, K. and Duffy, H. (2005) Cues infants use to learn the meanings of words. In: First Scottish Dutch Workshop on Language Evolution: Formal Modelling meets Empirical Data, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Houston-Price, C., Plunkett, K. and Harris, P. (2005) 'Word-learning wizardry' at I;6. Journal of Child Language, 32 (1). pp. 175-189. ISSN 0305-0009 doi: 10.1017/s0305000904006610

Houston-Price, C., Sakkalou, E., Mather, E. and Szlarek, K. (2005) The accuracy of parental vocabulary report using the CDI [poster]. In: Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Farran, E.K., Brown, J.H., Houston-Price, C., Cole, V.L. and Karmiloff-Smith, A. (2005) The development of perceptual grouping in infancy [poster]. In: Society of Research into Child Development Biennial meeting., Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Saxton, M., Houston-Price, C. and Dawson, N. (2005) The prompt hypothesis: clarification requests as corrective input for grammatical errors. Applied Psycholinguistics, 26 (3). pp. 393-414. ISSN 1469-1817 doi: 10.1017/S0142716405050228

Houston-Price, C. and Nakai, S. (2004) Distinguishing novelty and familiarity effects in infant preference procedures. Infant and Child Development, 13 (4). pp. 341-348. ISSN 1522-7227 doi: 10.1002/icd.364

Houston-Price, C. (2004) Infants' use of cues to word meaning. In: Linguistic Circle, Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University of Edinburgh, UK.

Houston-Price, C. and Nakai, S. (2004) Response to commentaries by Leslie B. Cohen and Alan Slater. Infant and Child Development, 13 (4). pp. 357-359. ISSN 1522-7227 doi: 10.1002/icd.381

Towse, J. N. and Houston-Price, C. M. T. (2001) Combining representations in working memory: A brief report. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 19 (3). pp. 319-324. ISSN 0261-510X doi: DOI:10.1348/026151001166100

Towse, J. N. and Houston-Price, C. M. T. (2001) Reflections on the concept of the central executive. In: Andrade, J. (ed.) Working memory in perspective. Psychology Press, Hove, pp325. ISBN 9780415211987

Towse, J. N., Redbond , J., Houston-Price, C. M. T. and Cook, S. (2000) Understanding the dimensional change card sort: Perspectives from task success and failure. Cognitive Development, 15 (3). 347-365 . ISSN 0885-2014 doi: DOI:10.1016/S0885-2014(00)00021-6

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