Richard Gerrig, Ph.D.
Stanford University (1984)
Professor, Psycholinguistics
Office: Psychology B-201
Office Hours: Flexible, by appointment
Phone Number: (631) 632-7847

Areas of Interest:
Psycholinguistics, text understanding and representation, nonconventional language, cognitive experiences of narrative worlds

Current Research:

Dr. Gerrig's research focuses on several theoretical issues in psycholinguistics including the implications of nonconventional language for theories of language processing and processes that give rise to readers' experiences of being transported by narratives, the isolation that narrative worlds provide, and the consequences of readers' narrative experiences for real-world beliefs and judgments. Current projects focus on memory-based text processing with a particular emphasis on the effects of readers' perspectives on text processing and representation.

Representative Publications:

Horton, W. S., & Gerrig, R. J. (2005). The impact of memory demands on audience design during language production. Cognition, 96, 127-142.

Gerrig, R. J., & O'Brien, E. J. (2005). The scope of memory-based processing. Discourse Processes, 39, 225-242.

Horton, W. S., & Gerrig, R. J. (2005). Conversational common ground and memory processes in language production. Discourse Processes, 40, 1-35.

Rapp, D. N. & Gerrig, R. J. Predilections for narrative outcomes: The impact of story contexts and reader preferences. Journal of Memory and Language, in press.

Current Research Support:

NSF, "Adaptive Spoken Dialog with Human and Computer Partners."
November 2003 - October 2007. $1,500,000 (total costs)
Co-investigators: Susan Brennan (Psychology), Marie Huffman (Linguistics), Arthur Samuel (Psychology), and Amanda Stent (Computer Science)