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Emily T. Troscianko

Research Associate

Emily came to the Knowledge Exchange Fellowship Scheme within TORCH from a Junior Research Fellowship in Modern Languages at St John’s. During her JRF she investigated what makes literary texts seem realistic, incorporating findings, methods, and debates from cognitive science into the investigation of literary effects. She also started to explore how insights from cognitive literary studies can feed back into the cognitive sciences, as well as how to carry out constructive experiments with literature and real readers. Emily published her monograph Kafka’s Cognitive Realism with Routledge in 2014, and writes a blog on eating disorders for the US website Psychology Today. She is now investigating ways of more closely linking her academic research and her interest in mental-health welfare to the advantage of both. In her spare time she is a keen powerlifter, and is working towards a strength and conditioning accreditation to help share the physical and mental benefits of the sport with more people, especially women.