Julie Van Dyke, Ph.D. - Comprehension Lab
Individual differences in the reading comprehension.
Memory retrieval and discourse processing.
I have conducted several studies investigating the role of memory retrieval in the construction of accurate discourse representations. These studies have shown that resolving referential relations at the level of the discourse model are sensitive to unambiguously linguistic properties (e.g., syntactic structure). However, computing sentence-level structural information, such as correctly resolving relations between nouns and verbs in a sentence, closely follows domain-general principles of cue-based memory retrieval. This work has also suggested that readers’ offline retrieval experiences can be used to index the quality of the discourse model, including whether or not critical coherence relations such as inferences have been instantiated in the mental representation. This work bridges two distinct literatures in psychology – memory and psycholinguistics – and provides evidence that both are subserved by a common memory architecture. This research was the focus of my dissertation, and I served as an investigator and collaborator on these studies.