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.
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
Publications for the 2020-2021 academic year
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: PSYCO 258. [Faculty of Arts]Winter Term 2022
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 PSYCO. [Faculty of Science]Fall Term 2021 Winter Term 2022