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Joseph Stafura

Graduate Student, Dr. Perfetti

Department of Psychology

Cognitive Program

Faculty Advisor: Charles Perfetti

Research Interests

My interests within cognitive psychology are broad, but revolve around a core focus on language comprehension, primarily written language. Through a variety of experimental approaches, including behavioral and electrophysiological methods, I hope to gain a better understanding of how the brain/mind perceives and understands words under any number of conditions, such as within the context of sentences. Also, through the study of other languages such as Chinese, I will be looking at the similarities and differences in the cognitive processes involving in learning and reading in different language systems.

Helder, A., Perfetti, C. A., van den Broek, P., Stafura, J. Z., & Calloway, R. C. (2018). ERP indicators of local and global text influences on word-to-text integration. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 33(8).

Stafura, J. Z., & Perfetti, C. A. (2017). Integrating word processing with text comprehension: Theoretical frameworks and empirical examples. In K. Cain, D. Compton, & R. Parrila, (Eds.) Theories of Reading Development.

Fang, X., Perfetti, C. A., & Stafura, J. (2017). Learning new meanings for known words: Biphasic effects of prior knowledge. Learning Cognition and Neuroscience, 32(5), 637-649.

Chang, L. Y., Stafura, J. Z., Rickles, B., Chen, H. C., & Perfetti, C. A. (2016). Incremental learning of Chinese orthography: ERP indicators of animated and static stroke displays on character form and meaning acquisition. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 33, 78-95.

Stafura, J. Z., Rickels, B., & Perfetti, C. A. (2015). ERP evidence for memory and predictive mechanisms in word-to-text integration. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 30(10), 1273-1290.

Perfetti, C., & Stafura, J. (2015). Comprehending implicit meanings in text without making inferences. In E. O’Brien, A. Cook, & R. Lorch, R. (Eds.), Inferences During Reading (pp. 1-18). Cambridge University Press.

Elgort, I., Perfetti, C. A., Rickles, B., & Stafura, J. (2015). Contextual learning of L2 word meanings: Second language proficiency modulates behavioural and ERP indicators of learning. Language, Cognition, and Neuroscience, 30(5), 506-528. DOI: 10.1080/23273798.2014.942673.

Stafura, J. Z., & Perfetti, C. A. (2014). Word-to-text integration: Message level and lexical level influences in ERPs. Neuropsychologia, 64, 41-53.

Perfetti, C., & Stafura, J. (2014). Word knowledge in a theory of reading comprehension. Scientific Studies of Reading, 18(1), 22-37.

Perfetti, C. A., Stafura, J., & Adlof, S. M. (2013). Reading Comprehension and Reading Comprehension Problems: A Word-to-Text Integrative Perspective. In B. Miller, L. Cutting, & P. McCardle (Eds.). Unraveling the Behavioral, Neurobiological, and Genetic Components of Reading Comprehension. Baltimore: Paul Brookes Publishing.