Dr Ekaterini Klepousniotou

Dr Ekaterini Klepousniotou


I am a cognitive neuroscientist working on language processing. My research interests lie in the area of meaning access and representation, as well as language localization. I joined the School of Psychology at the University of Leeds in 2008. Prior to that, I undertook studies and training in the following institutions:

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, McConnell Brain Imaging Centre - Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI) & Centre for Research on Brain, Language and Music (CRBLM), McGill University, Canada.
  • Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders (Dean's Honor List), McGill University, Canada.
  • M.St. in General Linguistics and Comparative Philology, University of Oxford, Somerville College, UK.
  • B.A. in English Language and Literature, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.


  • EEG Lab Manager
  • Clinical Psychology Liaison

Research interests

My research interests lie in the area of meaning access and representation patterns, as well as language localization. My research involves behavioural measures and neuroimaging methodologies, such as electroencephalography (EEG), transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), to investigate the following:

  • Lexical ambiguity processing
  • The mental representation of homonymy and polysemy
  • Literal and figurative language processing
  • Effects of bilingualism and SES on language development and academic attainment
  • Neural bases of language processing
  • Temporal dynamics of language processing
  • Cognitive bases of neurological communication disorders
  • Language deficits subsequent to left- and right-hemisphere brain damage
  • Cognitive processes in ageing

I am the EEG Lab Manager and a member of the Cognitive Neuroimaging Group (CoNi), the Ageing Lab and the Language and Memory Lab (LaM Lab) within the School of Psychology as well as a member of Language@Leeds within the University.

My research interests fall predominantly within the Nervous System and Its Disorders, the Successful Ageing and the Successful Childhood Development Grand Challenge areas in the School of Psychology.


  • Postdoctoral Fellow in Neurology & Neurosurgery, McGill University, Canada
  • PhD in Communication Sciences & Disorders, McGill University, Canada
  • MSt in General Linguistics, University of Oxford, UK
  • BA in English Language & Literature, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Professional memberships

  • Academy of Aphasia
  • Experimental Psychology Society

Student education

I deliver lectures and lead modules on Cognitive Neuroscience, Neuropsychology and Language across the UG and TPG (MSc & MPsyc) degrees.

Research groups and institutes

  • Cognitive neuroimaging
  • Language and memory
  • Perception, action, cognition
  • Successful ageing
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