Our research in the UMass Eyetracking Laboratory focuses on the cognitive mechanisms involved in real-time human language comprehension. How do we recognize individual words? How do we assign grammatical structure to sentences? How do we combine the meanings of individual words to construct a representation of the meaning of a phrase, clause, or sentence? We address these questions by means of a number of experimental techniques, but primarily by tracking readers' eye movements on a millisecond-by-millisecond time scale.
In other experiments, we use eye movements as a way of investigating aspects of memory, reasoning, or auditory perception; where the eyes look in a visual display tells us where visual attention is directed, and this is often informative about underlying cognitive processes.
- BA Harvard University, 1992
- MA University of Pittsburgh, 2002
- PhD University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2008