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Adrian Staub 


Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003

(413) 545 - 5925 (office)
(413) 545 - 5952 (lab)
(413) 545 - 0996 (fax)

email: astaub at psych dot umass dot edu

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I am an Assistant Professor of cognitive psychology at the University of Massachusetts.  My lab is the UMass Eyetracking Lab.


Most of my work is in psycholinguistics, which is the study of language comprehension and production.  On the comprehension side, I study (a) syntactic parsing, i.e., the process of analyzing the grammatical structure of a sentence as it is heard or read; (b) word recognition; and (c) the interface between these two things.  In many of my experiments, participants' eye movements are monitored as they read sentences in which properties of individual words and/or syntactic structure have been manipulated.  I also have several projects (in collaboration with colleagues) that use eye movements to investigate various aspects of spoken language comprehension.  On the production side, I'm interested in detailed models of the process by which speakers make decisions as they're speaking:  what grammatical structures to use, what words to use, etc. 

My Ph.D. is also from UMass.  Prior to coming to UMass, I worked on memory for visual scenes and on attentional processes at MIT.  Before that, I received a B.A. in Psychology from Harvard, and an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh.


Some other things:


- I'm a member of the UMass Institute for the Computational and Experimental Study of Language (ICESL), and adjunct faculty in the UMass Linguistics Department.


- I'm an Action Editor for the journal Language and Cognitive Processes.  I also serve on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Memory and Language, and the Journal of Experimental Psychology:  Learning, Memory, and Cognition.


- I'm very happy to respond to queries from prospective visitors or grad students.


Here are my recent publications.  NOTE:  All electronic documents are provided for personal use only.  Downloading a document should be considered a request by you for a single copy.  Do not circulate or disseminate.  Some are pre-final versions.
 

Journal Articles:


Staub, A., & Benatar, A. (in press). Individual differences in fixation duration distributions in reading. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.

Cohen, A., & Staub, A. (in press). On-line processing of novel noun-noun compounds: Eye movement evidence. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.

Shen, E. Y., Staub, A., & Sanders, L. D. (2013).  Event-related brain potential evidence that local nouns affect subject-verb agreement processing.  Language and Cognitive Processes, 28, 498-524.

Yang, J., Staub, A., Li, N., Wang, S., & Rayner, K. (2012). Plausibility effects when reading one- and two-character words in Chinese: Evidence from eye movements. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 38, 1801-1809.

Johnson, R. L., Staub, A., & Fleri, A. M. (2012). Distributional analysis of the transposed-letter neighborhood effect on naming latency. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 38, 1773-1779.

Staub, A., Abbott, M., & Bogartz, R. S. (2012). Linguistically-guided anticipatory eye movements in scene viewing. Visual Cognition, 20, 922-946.

Bogartz, R. S., & Staub, A. (2012).   Gaze step distributions reflect fixations and saccades: A comment on Stephen and Mirman (2010).  Cognition, 123, 325-334.

Slattery, T. J., Staub, A., & Rayner, K. (2012).  Saccade launch site as a predictor of fixation durations in reading:  Comments on Hand, Miellet, O'Donnell, and Sereno (2010).  Journal of Experimental Psychology:  Human Perception & Performance, 38, 251-261.

White, S. J., & Staub, A. (2012).  The distribution of fixation durations during reading:  Effects of stimulus qualityJournal of Experimental Psychology:  Human Perception & Performance, 38, 603-617.

Staub, A., Grant, M., Clifton, C., Jr., & Rayner, K. (2011).  Still no phonological typicality effect on word reading time (and no good explanation of one, either):  A rejoinder to Farmer, Monaghan, Misyak, and Christiansen.  Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 37, 1326-1328.

Staub, A. (2011).  Word recognition and syntactic attachment in reading:  Evidence for a staged architectureJournal of Experiment Psychology:  General, 140-433.

Staub, A. (2011).  The effect of lexical predictability on distributions of eye fixation durations.  Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 18, 371-376.

Staub, A., White, S. J., Drieghe, D., Hollway, E. C., & Rayner, K. (2010).  Distributional effects of word frequency on eye fixation durations.  Journal of Experimental Psychology:  Human Perception and Performance, 36, 1280-1293.
 
Staub, A. (2010).  Eye movements and processing difficulty in object relative clausesCognition, 116, 71-86.
 
Staub, A. (2010).  Response time distributional evidence for distinct varieties of number attraction.  Cognition, 114, 447-454.

Staub, A., Grant, M., Clifton, C., Jr., & Rayner, K. (2009).  Phonological typicality does not influence fixation durations in normal reading.  Journal of Experimental Psychology:  Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 35, 806-814.
 
Staub, A. (2009).  On the interpretation of the number attraction effect:  Response time evidence.  Journal of Memory and Language, 60, 308-327.

Drieghe, D., Pollatsek, A., Staub, A., & Rayner, K. (2008).  The word grouping hypothesis and eye movements during reading.  Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition,34, 1552-1560.

Staub, A., Rayner, K., Pollatsek, A., Hyona, J., & Majewski, H.  (2007).  The time course of plausibility effects on eye movements in reading: Evidence from noun-noun compounds.  Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 33, 1162-1169.
 
Staub, A.  (2007).  The parser doesn't ignore intransitivity, after all.  Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 33, 550-569.
 
Staub, A.  (2007).  The return of the repressed: Abandoned parses facilitate syntactic reanalysis.  Journal of Memory and Language, 57, 299-323.
 
Staub, A., & Clifton, C., Jr.  (2006).  Syntactic prediction in language comprehension: Evidence from either...or.  Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 32, 425-436. 
 
Staub, A., Clifton, C., Jr., & Frazier, L.  (2006).  Heavy NP shift is the parser's last resort: Evidence from eye movements.  Journal of Memory and Language, 54, 389-406.
 
Potter, M.  C., Staub, A., & O'Connor, D.  H.  (2004).  Conceptual representation of glimpsed pictures.  Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance 30: 478-489
 
Potter, M.  C., Staub, A., & O'Connor, D.  H.  (2002).  The time course of competition for attention: Attention is initially labile.  Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance 28: 1149-1162.
 
Potter, M.  C., Staub, A., Rado, J., & O'Connor, D.  H.  (2002).  Recognition memory for briefly-presented pictures: The time course of rapid forgetting.  Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance 28: 1163-1175.
 
Book Chapters and Reviews:
 
Kretzschmar, F.,  Bornkessel-Schlesewsky, I., Staub, A., Roehm, D., & Schlesewsky, M. (2012).  Prominence facilitates ambiguity resolution: On the interaction between referentiality, thematic roles, and word order in syntactic reanalysis.  In:  Peter de Swart and Monique Lamers, (Eds.), Case, Word Order, and Prominence (pp. 239-271). Dordrecht: Springer.

Staub, A., & Clifton, C., Jr. (2011).  Processing effects of an indeterminate future:  Evidence from self-paced reading.  In:  Jesse A. Harris and Margaret Grant (Eds.), University of Massachusetts Occasional Papers in Linguistics, Vol. 38Processing Linguistic Structure (pp. 131-140).  GLSA Publishing.

Clifton, C., Jr., & Staub, A. (2011).  Syntactic influences on eye movements in reading.  In:  S.P. Liversedge, Iain D. Gilchrist and Stefan Everling (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Eye Movements (pp. 895-909).  Oxford, UK:  Oxford University Press.
 
Clifton, C., Jr., & Staub, A. (2008).  Parallelism and competition in syntactic ambiguity resolution. Language and Linguistics Compass, 2, 234-250.
 
Staub, A., & Rayner, K.  (2007).  Eye movements and on-line comprehension processes.  In: G. Gaskell (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Psycholinguistics (pp. 327-342). Oxford, UK:  Oxford University Press.
 
Clifton, C., Jr., Staub, A., & Rayner, K.  (2007).  Eye movements in reading words and sentences.  In: R. van Gompel (Ed.), Eye movements: A window on mind and brain (pp.  341-372).  Amsterdam: Elsevier.