Fall 2016 Lab News

Forthcoming papers from the lab this fall are on an unusually wide range of topics.  Starns, Chen, and Staub (in press) use eye movements to investigate the forced choice recognition memory paradigm; Staub, Dillon, and Clifton (in press) find that readers do have difficulty with the matrix verb following an object relative clause; and Kingston, Levy, Rysling, and Staub (in press) learn more about the timing of the classic Ganong effect on speech perception by recording participants’ eye movements.

  • Starns, J. J., Chen, T., & Staub, A. (in press). Eye movements in forced-choice recognition: Absolute judgments can preclude relative judgments. Journal of Memory and Language.
  • Staub, A., Dillon, B., and Clifton, C., Jr. (in press). The matrix verb as a source of comprehension difficulty in object relative sentences. Cognitive Science.
  • Kingston, J., Levy, J., Rysling, A., & Staub, A. (in press). Eye movement evidence for an immediate Ganong effect. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance

The lab meeting time this Fall will be Friday at 2:00.  We will not meet every week.

Visitor news:  Francesca Foppolo was here again this summer; we worked on understanding agreement with disjunctive subjects.  We welcome Noemi Farina Diaz this semester, a visiting PhD student from the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain, and Language.


Fall 2016 Openings for Undergraduate Research Assistants

I expect to take on a couple of new undergraduate Research Assistants in the Eyetracking Lab in Fall 2016.  Interested students should contact me (Adrian Staub) by email.  Research Assistants receive course credit through Psych 398B.  Background in cognitive psychology and/or linguistics is helpful, but not required.  However, an interest in these topics is required!

Fall 2015 Lab Meetings

We will have lab meetings at 4:00 on the following Tuesdays:  9/29, 10/6, 10/27, 11/17, 12/1, and 12/8.

On 9/29, Amanda Rysling will lead a discussion of Berhard Angele and Titus von der Malsburg’s manuscript on correcting Type I error rate in eyetracking experiments.

On 10/27, Lap Keung will give a practice talk for the agreement workshop.

The other topics are still TBD.

Fall 2015 Lab News

After a sabbatical semester in the spring, and a summer spent working away from the lab, I plan to be taking on at least a few new undergrad RAs in Fall 2015.  If you’re interested in working in the lab, please contact me (Adrian Staub).

In other news….some new publications on their way to print include:

Cohen, A. L., & Staub, A. (in press). Within-subject consistency and between-subject variability in Bayesian reasoning strategies. Cognitive Psychology.

Abbott, M. J., & Staub, A. (in press). The effect of plausibility on eye movements in reading:  Testing E-Z Reader’s null predictions. Journal of Memory and Language.

Kretzschmar, F., Schlesewsky, M., & Staub, A. (in press). Dissociating word frequency and predictability effects in reading: Evidence from co-registration of eye movements and EEG. Journal of Experimental Psychology:  Learning, Memory, and Cognition.

This summer we had a research visit from Francesca Foppolo, of the University of Milan Bicocca, who was here to plan some experiments on processing of complement clause ambiguities in English, and processing of agreement with disjunctive subjects in both English and Italian.

Not sure yet what lab meeting schedule will look like for this Fall.  Stay tuned.

Summer 2014 Lab News

Some new publications:

Benatar, A., & Clifton Jr, C. (2014). Newness, givenness and discourse updating: Evidence from eye movements. Journal of Memory and Language, 71, 1-16.

Pazzaglia, A. M., Staub, A., & Rotello, C. M. (2014).  Encoding time and the mirror effect in recognition memory:  Evidence from eyetracking.  Journal of Memory and Language, 75, 77-92.

A recent conference presentation:

Wang, Cohen, & Li. (May 2013). Cultural Differences in Decision Making for the Self and Other.  Presented at 6th Chinese International Conference on Eye Movements, Beijing, PRC.

Some upcoming ones at AmLap, in Edinburgh in September:

Kretzschmar, F., Schlesewsky, M. & Staub, A. Word frequency in context shows differential effects on eye fixations and fixation-related potentials.

Weiss, A. F., Kretzschmar, F., Bornkessel-Schlesewsky, I., & Staub, A. The influence of lexical association on syntactic analysis: Eye movement evidence.

And some at Psychonomics, in Long Beach in November:

Staub, A., Kretzschmar, F., & Schlesewsky, M. Co-Registration of Eye Movements and EEG Demonstrates Dissociation of Predictability and Frequency Effects in Reading.

Cohen, A., Staub, A., & Hedrick, J. Information Use in Bayesian Reasoning.

Keung, L., & Staub, A.  Number Attraction Occurs Even When There Are No Plurals.

Finally, Chuck Clifton and Mara Breen participated in a week-long symposium “Rhythm and Intonation on the Page” the week of July 14, 2014. The symposium was organized by Peter Elbow, and was held on the top floor of the UMass Library. Chuck and Mara told a dozen or so poets, linguists, writing teachers, performing-art experts, and the like about how experimental research – especially eyetracking – could help them understand what readers got out of what they wrote. They were very interested in how eyetracking could shed light on what goes on in a reader’s head, especially as it involves the little voice that many readers report hearing. Some research collaborations may come out of the symposium (and Chuck and Mara learned a little bit about poetry).

Fall 2013 Lab Meetings

Lab meetings this semester will be on Wednesday at 4:00.  Here is a tentative schedule of the days we are meeting, and the presenter:

September 25:  Josh Levy

October 16:  Dick Bogartz

October 30:  Lap Keung

November 6:  Brian Dillon

November 20:  Shayne Sloggett

December 4:  Kris Curro



Welcome to the new Umass Eyetracking Lab website.  The site is still a work in progress.  Please do not hesitate to contact me (Adrian Staub) with questions, comments, or suggestions.