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Patrick Plummer

Research Associate, Dr. Perfetti

Research Interests

My research examines the cognitive mechanisms and mental representations that underlie language comprehension. Much of my work investigates the influence of linguistic context and sentence processing on word identification and various aspects of eye movement control during reading. More broadly, I am interested in how comprehension unfolds across various tasks and how semantic representations within the cognitive system (both symbolic and nonsymbolic) are stored and retrieved.

Plummer, P., DeWolf, M., Bassok, M., Gordon, P.C., & Holyoak, K. (2017) Reasoning strategies with rational numbers revealed by eye-tracking. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics 79(5), 1426-1437.

Rayner, K., Abbott, M. J., & Plummer, P. (2015). Individual differences in perceptual processing and eye movements in reading. Handbook of Individual Differences in Reading: Reader, Text, and Context (pp. 348-363). New York: Taylor & Francis/Routledge.

Plummer, P., Perea, M., & Rayner, K. (2014). The influence of contextual diversity on eye movements in reading. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 40(1), 275-283.

Gordon, P. C., Plummer, P., & Choi, W. (2013). See before you jump: Full recognition of parafoveal words precedes skips during reading. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 39(2), 633-641.

Plummer, P., Wang, H., Tzeng, Y., Pomplun, M., & Rayner, K. (2012). Modeling concept activation in working memory during online sentence processing. Proceedings of the 34th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, 875-880.

Plummer, P., & Rayner, K. (2012). Effects of parafoveal word length and orthographic features on initial fixation landing positions in reading. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 74(5), 950-963.

University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Award (2015-2017).