Dr Barry Devereux

Barry Devereux

University position

Research Associate


Department of Psychology


Centre for Speech, Language and the Brain

Home page

http://csl.psychol.cam.ac.uk/people/... (personal home page)

Research Theme

Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience


My research is primarily focused on lexical and semantic processing, the conceptual structure of nouns and verbs, syntactic and semantic ambiguity in language comprehension, and object processing. I am interested in interdisciplinary aspects of language research, in particular the integration of computational linguistics, experimental psycholinguistics, and functional brain imaging with the aim of providing the infrastructure for more realistic models of language processing in the mind and brain.

Research Focus




computational linguistics



Clinical conditions

No direct clinical relevance


Behavioural analysis

Computational modelling

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)



Alex Clarke

Anna Korhonen

Billi Randall

Lorraine Tyler

Associated News Items

Key publications

Devereux BJ, Clarke A, Marouchos A, Tyler LK (2013), “Representational similarity analysis reveals commonalities and differences in the semantic processing of words and objects.” J Neurosci 33(48):18906-16 Details

Devereux BJ, Tyler LK, Geertzen J, Randall B (2013), “The Centre for Speech, Language and the Brain (CSLB) concept property norms.” Behav Res Methods Details

Devereux BJ, Pilkington N, Poibeau T, Korhonen A (2010), “Generating feature-based conceptual representations through the analysis of grammatical dependencies in corpora” Research on Language and Computation 7(2) pp. 137-170.



Clarke A, Taylor KI, Devereux B, Randall B, Tyler LK (2013), “From perception to conception: how meaningful objects are processed over time.” Cereb Cortex 23(1):187-97 Details

Devereux BJ, Costello FJ (2013), “Learning to interpret novel noun-noun compounds: Evidence from category learning experiments” Cognitive Aspects of Computational Language Acquisition pp. 199-234.

Kelly C, Devereux BJ, Korhonen A (2013), “Automatic Extraction of Property Norm-Like Data From Large Text Corpora” Cognitive Science doi: 10.1111/cogs.12091

Shutova E, Devereux BJ, Korhonen A (2013), “Conceptual metaphor theory meets the data: a corpus-based human annotation study” Language Resources and Evaluation 47(4), pp. 1261-1284

Tyler LK, Cheung TP, Devereux BJ, Clarke A (2013), “Syntactic computations in the language network: characterizing dynamic network properties using representational similarity analysis.” Front Psychol 4:271 Details

Tyler LK, Chiu S, Zhuang J, Randall B, Devereux BJ, Wright P, Clarke A, Taylor KI (2013), “Objects and categories: feature statistics and object processing in the ventral stream.” J Cogn Neurosci 25(10):1723-35 Details


Taylor KI, Devereux BJ, Acres K, Randall B, Tyler LK (2012), “Contrasting effects of feature-based statistics on the categorisation and basic-level identification of visual objects.” Cognition 122(3):363-74 Details


Taylor KI, Devereux BJ, Tyler LK (2011), “Conceptual structure: Towards an integrated neuro-cognitive account.” Lang Cogn Process 26(9):1368-1401 Details

Tyler LK, Marslen-Wilson WD, Randall B, Wright P, Devereux BJ, Zhuang J, Papoutsi M, Stamatakis EA (2011), “Left inferior frontal cortex and syntax: function, structure and behaviour in patients with left hemisphere damage.” Brain 134(Pt 2):415-31 Details


Devereux BJ, Kelly C, Korhonen A (2010), “Using fMRI activation to conceptual stimuli to evaluate methods for extracting conceptual representations from corpora.” Proceedings of the NAACL Workshop on Computational Neurolinguistics pp. 70-78.


Maguire P, Devereux BJ, Cater A, Costello, FJ (2007), “A re-analysis of the CARIN model of conceptual combination” Journal of Experimental Psychology, Learning Memory and Cognition 33(4), pp. 811-821