Associate Professor Jenny Burt

Honorary Associate Professor

School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences


Jenny Burt completed her PhD in associative learning in animals in 1982 at the Univeristy of NSW and was a lecturer in psychology at UQ until 2017. Her research interests are in cognitive psychology, primarily visual word identification and spelling, as well as memory and attention, especially as they relate to word processing.

Research Interests

  • Visual word identification and spelling
    The processes of word reading and the nature and acquisition of word memories that make reading and spelling possible.
  • Attention and registering events under time pressure
    Pre-conscious processing of visual items, especially words and letter strings. The processes required to achieve awareness of separate events under time pressure.

Research Impacts

My research in word reading and spelling has implications for reaidng and spelling instruction is schools, and for assessing and remediation of dyslexia. My recent work on word similarity (as a co-author on an ARC linkage projec)t has practical applciations to the procedures of brandanme registration in Australia and elsewhere.


  • BA, The University of Sydney
  • PhD (Psychology), University of New South Wales


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Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Burt, J. S. and Blackwell, P. (2006). A misspelt youth: Spelling and orthographic learning in university students as a function of spelling-sound consistency. In: O. Lipp and S. Price, Australian Journal of Psychology. The 33rd Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference, Brisbane, Australia, (66-66). 20-23 April 2006. doi:10.1080/00049530600940016

  • Burt, J. S. and Chalmers, K. A. (2004). Adults' acquisition of new lexical representations. In: M. Innes, J. Halberstadt and R. O'Shea, Australian Journal of Psychology: Combined Abstracts of 2004 Australian Psychology Conferences. 31st Conference of the Australian Experimental Psychology Society, Department of Psychology, University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ, (108-108). 16-18 April 2004.

  • Burt, J. S. and Salzgeber, A. (2003). Is the effect of reading misspellings context dependent?. In: W. Noble, Australian Journal of Psychology. 30th Conference of the Australian Experimental Psychologists, Sydney, Australia, (74-74). 2002.

  • Edwards, M. S., Burt, J. S. and Lipp, O. V. (2003). Selective attention for threatening information in anxious mood states. In: W. Noble, Australian Journal of Psychology. 30th Conference of the Australian Experimental Psychologists, Sydney, Australia, (S78-S78). 2002.

  • Burt, J. S. (2002). Reading and spelling words: Item-specific and task contributions. In: W Noble, Australian Journal of Psychology Combined Abstracts of 2002 Australian Psychology Conferences. 29th Annual Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference, Adelaide, (49-49). 5 - 7 April 2002.

  • Burt, Jennifer S. (2001). Literacy skills and cerebellar function in adults. In: Australian Journal of Psychology Combined Abstracts of 2001 Australian Psychology Conferences. 28th Annual Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference, La Trobe University, Melbourne City Campus, Victoria, (45-45). 20-22 April 2001.

  • Burt, J. S. and Healy, D. (2000). Ambiguity in old/new discrimination: The basis of negative priming effects?. In: D. Maher and G. Teehan, Australian Journal of Psychology. 27th Annual Experimental Psychology Conference, Novotel Twin Waters Resort, Queensland, (27). 27-30 April 2000.

  • Burt, J. S. (1999). Lexical decisions about correctly and incorrectly spelled words: A parallel with word frequency effects?. In: Sachiko Kinoshita and Karen Murphy, Journal of Psychology: Abstracts of the 26th Annual Experimental Psychology Conference: Australian. 26th Annual Experimental Psychology Conference, Macquarie University, Sydney, (25-25). 9 - 11 April, 1999. doi:10.1080/00049539908255102

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Note for students: Associate Professor Jenny Burt is not currently available to take on new students.

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision