Background and activities

As a psycholinguist, my research is driven by one basic question: "During language comprehension, where does meaning come from?" I use eyetracking and behavioral methods to investigate this question in several areas of sentence processing. In particular, I am interested in figurative language comprehension, particularly idioms. One of my current projects involves exploring how idiom-internal characteristics interact with linguistic context to drive meaning access during idiom comprehension. However, I am also interested in how extra-linguistic semantic information--such as gesture and world knowledge--interact with language. My research involves a wide range of participants, from college-age students to healthy older adults to people with aphasia, and I have recently expanded into second-language processing as well.

Scientific, academic and artistic work

Journal publications