Cognitive Mechanisms of Language Processing
Our research investigates how people understand language in real time. Much of this employs an experimental paradigm that tracks listeners' eye movements as they listen to and comprehend spoken language, because eye fixation patterns provide important time-course information about ongoing interpretation processes. Our work is particularly focused on the cognitive control mechanisms that support interpretation and re-interpretation procedures as language input unfolds moment by moment.
Dr. Novick's Background
I received my Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania (2000-2005), where I studied with John Trueswell and Sharon Thompson-Schill. After Penn, I did post-doctoral training in functional neuroimaging methods with John Gabrieli at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2005-2007). My undergraduate training was completed at the University of Rochester in Brain and Cognitive Sciences (BA, 1998). I am now an assistant professor at the University of Maryland, Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, and an associate research scientist in the Center for Advanced Study of Language. I am also an active member of Maryland's vibrant Language Science community and the Program in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science.
For Prospective Grad Students & Post-Docs
I supervise Ph.D. students in the Department of Hearing & Speech Sciences (HESP) and through the Program in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (NACS) at UMD. Application information for HESP can be found here, and for NACS here. If you would like to work with me as a student in one of those departments, please feel free to contact me directly. I am also eager to discuss post-doctoral grants (e.g., NRSA) with those who might be interested.