Michael began his career working in research into language processing, moving into lecturing on a variety of topics including research methods and biological psychology.

He also delivered general psychology seminars on a regular basis at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. In 2011 he took up a role as Research and CAE Officer at the UCO, assisting the Deputy Vice-Chancellor(Research) and Head of Research in the delivery of a variety of student research platforms. He is also the Secretary of UCO Research Ethics Committee. Michael has published in a range of publications related to language processing, including semantic context, derivational morphology, repetition priming of spoken words, electrophysiological manifestations of psycholinguistic processes, visual word recognition, verb inflection, and computation of word meanings. He is currently involved in helping to coordinate in the EBASE study. His research interests include the epidemiology and effects of musculoskeletal pain on care-seeking in occupational groups, and the psychometric properties and predictive validity of assessment and outcome questionnaires.


Ford, M.A., Randall, B., Taylor, K.I., Devereux, B.J. & Tyler, L.K. (In preparation). Semantic features and the computation of word meaning: A large correlational study.

Ellwood, J, Ford, M.A., Nicholson, A. (In press). The association between infantile postural asymmetry and unsettled behaviour in babies. European Journal of Pediatrics

Orfanidou, E., Davis, M.H., Ford, M.A. & Marslen-Wilson, W.D. (2011). Perceptual and response components in repetition priming of spoken words and pseudowords. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. Volume 64(1), 96-121.

Ford, M.A., Davis, M.H. & Marslen-Wilson, W.D. (2010). Derivational morphology and base morpheme frequency. Journal of Memory and Language. Volume 63 (1), 117-130.

Hauk, O., Pulvermüller, F., Ford, M.A., Marslen-Wilson, W.D. & Davis, M.H. (2009). Can I have a quick word? Early electrophysiological manifestations of psycholinguistic processes revealed by event-related regression. Biological Psychology, 80(1), 64-74.

Hauk, O., Davis, M.H., Ford, M.A., Pulvermüller, F. & Marslen-Wilson, W.D. (2006). The time course of visual word-recognition as revealed by linear regression analysis of ERP data, Neuroimage, 30(4), 1383-1400.

Ford, M.A., Marslen-Wilson, Davis, M.H. (2003). Morphology and Frequency: Contrasting Methodologies.  In Baayen, R. H. & Schreuder R. (Eds) Morphological Structure in Language Processing (pp. 89-124). Mouton de Gruyter, Berlin.

Hare, M. L., Ford, M.A., & Marslen-Wilson, W. D. (2001). Ambiguity and frequency effects in regular verb inflection. In Bybee, Joan & Paul Hopper (Eds.), Frequency and the emergence of linguistic structure. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Marslen-Wilson, W.D., Zhou, X, and Ford, M.A. (1996). Morphology, modality, and lexical architecture. In G. Booij & J. van Marle (Eds.) Yearbook of Morphology (pp 117-134). Dordrecht: Kluwer.