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I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Richmond

My research focuses on the cognitive mechanisms that contribute to language comprehension, from lower-level processes of word recognition to higher-level processes of sentence interpretation.  Some of the overarching questions that motivate my work include:

  • What is the nature of the memory processes that support language comprehension? 
  • How do we represent sentence meaning and sentence structure in the mind, and how do these representations interact? 
  • What cognitive constructs best account for individual variability in reading behavior? 
  • What sources of information do listeners exploit to generate predictions during the processing of speech, particularly when the speaker becomes disfluent? 
  • What is the nature of the cortical network underlying language processing, and how does this system change as sentence complexity increases? 
To address these questions, I rely primarily on eyetracking methodology, but also incorporate approaches from cognitive neuroscience and computational linguistics.