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Duane Watson

Associate Professor of Psychology and Human Development

Duane Watson’s research focuses on the cognitive processes that underlie interactions between speakers and listeners.  In particular, he focuses on how gesture, pitch, rhythm and emphasis in speech facilitate communication.  He also explores how individual differences in cognitive abilities and literacy influence language production, comprehension, and reading.

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Representative Publications

Buxo-Lugo, A. & Watson, D.G. (2016). Evidence for the influence of syntax on prosodic parsing. Journal of Memory and Language, 90, 1-13.

Jacobs, C.L, Yiu, L.K., Watson, D.G., & Dell, G.S. (2015) Why are repeated words produced with reduced durations? Evidence from inner speech and homophone production. Journal of Memory and Language, 84, 37-48.

Yiu, L.K. & Watson, D.G. (2015). When overlap leads to competition: Effects of phonological encoding on word duration.  Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 22, 1701-1708

Watson, D. G., Buxó-Lugo, A., & Simmons, D. C. (2015). The effect of phonological encoding on word duration: Selection takes time. In L. Frazier & E. Gibson (Eds.), Explicit and Implicit Prosody in Sentence Processing: Studies in Honor of Janet Dean Fodor. New York: Springer International

Toscano, J.C., Buxó-Lugo, A., & Watson, D.G. (2015). Using game-based approaches to increase level of engagement in research and education. In S. Dikkers (Ed.), TeacherCraft: Using Minecraft for Teaching and Learning. Pittsburgh: ETC Press.

Arnold, J.E. & Watson, D.G. (2015). Synthesizing meaning and processing approaches to prosody: Performance matters.  Language, Cognition, and Neuroscience, 30, 88-102. 

Lewis, M.L. & Watson, D.G. (2015) Effects of lexical semantics on acoustic prominence.  Language and Cognition, 7, 1-21.

Fraundorf, S.H., Watson, D.G., & Benjamin, A.S. (2015).  Reduction in prosodic prominence predicts speakers' recall: Implications for theories of prosody. Language, Cognition, and Neuroscience, 30, 606-619

Fraundorf, S.M. & Watson, D.G. (2014). Alice’s adventures in Um-derland: Psycholinguistic dimensions of variation in disfluency production. Language, Cognition, and Neuroscience, 29, 1083-1096. 

Tooley, K.M., Konopka, A.E.,  & Watson, D.G. (2014). Can intonational phrase structure be primed (like syntactic structure). Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory & Cognition, 40, 348-363

Gillespie, M., James, A.N., Federmeier, K.D., & Watson, D.G. (2014). Verbal working memory predicts co-speech gesture: Evidence from individual differences. Cognition, 132, 174-180. 

Lam, T. Q. & Watson, D.G. (2014) Repetition Reduction: Lexical repetition in the absence of referent repetition. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory & Cognition, 40, 829-843

Lee, E-K., Brown-Schmidt, S., & Watson, D.G. (2013). Ways of looking ahead: Incrementality in language production. Cognition, 129, 544-562

Fraundorf, S. H., Benjamin, A.S., & Watson, D.G. (2013). What happened (and what didn’t): Font emphasis promotes representation of salient alternatives in discourse. Journal of Memory and Language, 69, 196-227.

Lee, E.-K., & Watson, D. G. (2012). Sentence processing. In V. S. Ramachandran (Editor-In-Chief), Encyclopedia of Human Behavior (2nd Edition). San Diego, CA: Elsevier.