Christina Gagne, PhD
Area of Study / Keywords
cognitive psychology psycholinguistics compositionally concepts language representation
My overall research program focuses on the human conceptual system, and my overall goal is to determine the cognitive mechanisms that allow people to represent and use conceptual knowledge. A hallmark of the conceptual system is productivity; the system is capable of generating new concepts based on existing conceptual structures. My current research examines the process of conceptual combination. The primary aim of this research is to understand how relational information is stored in the conceptual system and how such information influences the way people understand and use concepts. I am also investigating how people use language to convey information about such structures.
Overview of some areas of research that I have been working on.
- DEVELOPMENT OF A THEORY OF CONCEPTUAL COMBINATION
- EXAMINATION OF THE COGNITIVE MECHANISM(S) UNDERLYING THE PROCESSING OF COMPOUND AND PSEUDO-COMPOUND WORDS
- PROPERTY ATTRIBUTION AND FEATURE AVAILABILITY
- METAPHOR COMPREHENSION
- EXAMINATION OF THE NATURE OF CONCEPTS FROM AND ARISTOTELIAN-THOMISTIC PERSPECTIVE
Google Scholar Profile: http://scholar.google.ca/citations?user=WDMdNasAAAAJ
Academia Profile (not frequently updated): https://ualberta.academia.edu/ChristinaGagne/Papers
Books and edited volumes
- Lieber, R. (Ed.), Arndt-Lappe, S., Fàbregas, A., Gagné, C.L., & Masini F. (Assoc Eds). (August 2020) The Oxford Encyclopedia of Morphology (3-volume set). Oxford: Oxford Press. https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-oxford-encyclopedia-of-morphology-9780190682361?cc=us&lang=en&#
- Gagné, C.L. & Spalding, T.L. (Ed.) (2020). Special Issue: Semantics and Psychology of Complex Words. The Mental Lexicon. John Benjamins Publishing.
- Spalding, T.L., Stedman, J.M., Gagné, C.L., & Kostelecky, M. (2019). The Human Person: What Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas Offer Modern Psychology. New York: Springer. https://www.springer.com/us/book/9783030339111
Publications for the 2020-2021 academic year
- Lieber, R. (Ed.), Arndt-Lappe, S., Fàbregas, A., Gagné, C.L., & Masini F. (Assoc Eds). (August 2020) The Oxford Encyclopedia of Morphology (3-volume set). Oxford: Oxford Press.
- Sana, F., Park, J. Gagné, C.L. & Spalding, T.L. (2021). The interplay between inhibitory control and metaphor conventionality. Memory & Cognition. 49, 1267-1284.
- Park, J., Sana, S., Gagné, C.L. & Spalding, T.L. (2021) Factors that influence the processing of noun-noun metaphors, Metaphor and Symbol, 36, 20-44.
- Al-Azary, H., Gagné, C.L. & Spalding, T.L (2021) Flute birds in creamy skies: The Metaphor interference effect in modifier-noun compounds. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, 75, 175-181.
- Al-Azary, H.; Gagné, CL; Spalding, TL. (2020). From the sea to the sky: Metaphorically mapping water to air. Metaphor and Symbol, 35, 206-219.
- Auch, L., Gagné, C.L.; Spalding, T.L. (2020) Conceptualizing semantic transparency: A systematic analysis of semantic transparency measures in English compound words. Methods in Psychology, 3, Article 100030.
A survey of theories and research on the production and comprehension of spoken and written language. Topics include speech perception, printed word recognition, sentence production and comprehension, discourse processing, reading, language development, and language pathologies. The focus will be on the processing mechanisms implicated by findings in the area. Prerequisite: PSYCH 258. [Faculty of Arts]
Provides the background necessary to design and analyze data in any area of experimental psychology and prepares students to conduct original research. Topics include sampling distributions and hypothesis testing; issues in and analysis of between-subjects, within-subjects, and mixed designs; trend analysis; planned and post hoc comparisons; fixed and random effects factors; and efficiency and power of various experimental designs. Prerequisite: STAT 141 or 151 or 161 or SCI 151 and any 300-level PSYCH. [Faculty of Science]
Prerequisite: PSYCH 531 or equivalent. [Faculty of Science]