Principal Investigator, Director
Kiel Christianson, Ph.D.
Professor & Associate Chair, Department of Educational Psychology
My research is influenced and informed by linguistic theory, as well as by cognitive psychology. My goal is to make deeper, broader connections between linguistics and various sub-fields of cognitive science. Overarching themes in my present work are (mis)interpretation in sentence processing, morphological processing during reading, and crosslinguistic research. At present I am focusing on rereading behaviors (i.e., measures related to rereading) in order to determine what, if any, relation they have to post-interpretive measures of comprehension (e.g., accuracy in responses to comprehension questions). A large proportion of my work connects to Good Enough Language Processing, a theory developed over the past 20 years with several colleagues. One recent expansion of this work is auditory perceptual simulation (APS), which describes readers’ consciously imagining a voice in their heads while reading. (Read more about APS at https://distributedmuseum.illinois.edu/exhibit/auditory-perceptual-simulation/).
Previous Graduate Student
Currently, my research focuses on memory mechanisms underlying L1 and L2 online sentence comprehension using eye-tracking. I’m also interested in language-music relations to understand domain-general/specific mechanisms underlying linguistic structural processing.
Lab Manager and Graduate Student
My research focus is on the intersection between reading behaviors and personal beliefs with an interest in second language acquisition. I am driven by the need for bilingual education settings in today’s increasingly globalized communities. I have co-authored a chapter in The Handbook of Informal Language Learning and published a few papers inside as well as outside this language learning field. I spend my free time improving my Spanish and learning Hindi.
My primary research looks at how cues like probabilistic information, frequency distributions, and preceding context influence sentence processing and, in particular, ambiguity resolution. My other interests include quantitative methods in psycholinguistics, statistical learning, reading and vision, and programming for data science.
Laura Valderrama is a doctoral student in Educational Psychology, a research assistant in the Educational Psychology Psycholinguistics Lab, and a former TA for the EPSY201-Educational Psychology and CI415 Language Varieties, Culture, and Learning courses. Her research interests focus on the biliteracy practices of Latino children and in the training of future teachers on issues pertaining to language diversity. The majority of her professional experience has focused on teaching English speakers of other languages, linguistics, language acquisition, and teacher training. Upon graduation, she intends to be a faculty member in a teacher training program and a researcher in the field of linguistics and educational psychology.
Former Graduate Students
Heeyoun Cho (Full-time Lecturer, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea)
Erika Hussey (Cognitive Science Team at US Army Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center (NSRDEC)
Ji Hyon Kim (Associate Professor and Chair, School of English for Translation and Interpretation, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, South Korea)
Sun-A Kim (Assistant Professor, Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Jung Hyun Lim (University of California, San Diego)
Kent Lee (Assistant Professor, Center for Teaching and Learning, Korea University, Seoul, South Korea)
Steven Luke (Assistant Professor, Psychology Department, Brigham Young University)
Jeong-Ah Shin (Associate Professor, Dongkuk University, Seoul, South Korea)
Kacey Wochna (Lecturer, Psychology Department, Ithaca College, New York)
Anastasia Stoops (Post-Doc, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center)
Nikos Vergis (Post-Doc, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, McGill University)
Peiyun Zhou (Post-Doc, Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences, University of Washington)
Michael Blasingame, Ellie Brindise, Hye Yoon Choi, Jules Dubin, Kyle Hartzell, Eric Juul, Mary Keutemeyer, Rachel Leddy, Austin Maske, Hye-min Mia Lee, Jooyun Lee, Yojin Park, Adina Raizen, Laeh Ragans, Aubrey Sumaydeng, Joy Shapley, Allie Stanko, Heather, Sulikowski, Kate Tyndall, Youjia Wang, Zongyuan Wang, Cassandra Phelps, Shaolingyun Guo, Mary Fran Donovan, Yilan Liu, Mien-Jen Wu