Dr Jelena Mirkovic
Research Fellow



  • University of Belgrade, Serbia  BSc in Psychology
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA  MSc in Psychology
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA  PhD in Psychology

Moved to York for a 3-year postdoctoral fellowship, appointed as a lecturer in 2008. Research interests include computational and behavioral studies of language comprehension and production, with an emphasis on how our experience with language and the environment influence online language processing.


Departmental roles

  •  Mature Admissions Tutor



My main interests involve examining how our experience with language and the environment influence language processing in real-time. I use computational models (artificial neural networks) and a variety of methods (artificial language learning, eye-tracking, sleep studies) to study this question in language production and comprehension.

Some recent projects include: what's difficult about learning grammar, what eye movements tell us about language production and language comprehension, and what does sleep have to do with language learning.

Research group(s)

Psycholinguistics Research Group


  • Gerry Altmann,  Gareth Gaskell, Silvia Gennari, Danijela Trenkic -- University of York
  • Maryellen MacDonald -- University of Wisconsin-Madison



Selected publications

  • Mirković, J. and MacDonald, M. C. (in press): When singular and plural are both grammatical: Semantic and morphophonological effects in agreement. Journal of Memory and Language.
  • Trenkic, D., Mirković, J., and Altmann, G. T. M. (in press): Real-time grammar processing by native and non-native speakers: Constructions unique to the second language. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition.
  • Gennari, S., Mirković, J. and MacDonald, M. C. (2012): Animacy and competition in relative clause production: A cross-linguistic study. Cognitive Psychology, 65, 141-176
  • Mirković, J., Seidenberg M. S. and Joanisse, M. F. (2011): Rules vs. Statistics: Insights from a highly inflected language. Cognitive Science, 35, 638-681.
  • Mirković, J., Forrest, S. F. and Gaskell, M. G. (2011): Semantic regularities in grammatical categories: Learning grammatical gender in an artificial language. In L. Carlson, C. Holscher, T. Shipley (Eds.), Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 324-329). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society, 324-329.
  • Altmann, G. T. M. and Mirković, J. (2009): Incrementality and prediction in human sentence processing. Cognitive Science, 33, 583-609.
  • Mirković, J., Seidenberg, M. S. and MacDonald, M. C. (2008): Acquisition and representation of grammatical categories: grammatical gender in a connectionist network. In B. C. Love, K. McRae, & V. M. Sloutsky (Eds.), Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, (pp. 1954-1959). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.
  • Mirković, J., MacDonald, M. C. and Seidenberg, M. S. (2005): How is gender represented? Evidence from a complex inflectional system. Language and Cognitive Processes, 20, 139-167.

Contact details

Dr Jelena Mirković
Research Fellow
Room PS/B103, Department of Psychology
The University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: 01904 433166