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Megan Saylor

Contact Information

320 Hobbs

Research Area

  • Developmental Science
  • Education

    MA in Linguistics (2005) Moscow State University

    MA in Psychology (2010) Vanderbilt University

    Maria Osina

    Graduate Student
    Research Area: Developmental Science

    The primary focus of my research is language comprehension in young children and adults.  With infants I study their ability to comprehend references to absent objects. In particular, I am interested in ways their memory and representational abilities shape their language comprehension. 

    With adults and preschoolers I study the relation between grammatical structures and mental representation. Specifically, I am interested in how the choice of syntax affects what the listener represents when processing speech. I am also interested in how the speaker’s perceived situation influences the choice of grammatical structures.

    Overall I favor modal views on language comprehension and plan to study more closely processes like mental simulation and imagery during word, sentence and text processing at different ages.