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Publications

Academic Article

Year Title
2018 Processing real-world violations embedded within a fantasy-world narrative.Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.  71:2282-2294. 2018
2018 Validating semantic illusions: Competition between context and general world knowledge.Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition.  44:1414-1429. 2018
2018 Taking the perspective of the narrator.Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.  1747021818779496. 2018
2018 Competing Activation During Fantasy Text ComprehensionScientific Studies of Reading.  22:308-320. 2018
2018 Overcoming violations of real-world knowledge in a fantasy-world text.Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology2018
2018 Processing the Outcomes of Characters' Actions: The Impacts of Character Goals and Situational ContextDiscourse Processes.  55:497-509. 2018
2017 Teaching & Learning Guide for: Fundamentals of inferencing during readingLinguistics and Language Compass.  11:e12251-e12251. 2017
2017 Fundamentals of inferencing during readingLinguistics and Language Compass.  11:e12246-e12246. 2017
2017 Integrating Relational Reasoning and Knowledge Revision During ReadingEducational Psychology Review.  29:27-39. 2017
2017 Source credibility and the processing of refutation texts.Memory and Cognition.  45:168-181. 2017
2016 Validation of semantic illusions independent of anomaly detection: evidence from eye movements.Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.  71:1-11. 2016
2016 Coherence Threshold and the Continuity of Processing: The RI-Val Model of ComprehensionDiscourse Processes.  53:326-338. 2016
2016 Enhancing Memory Access for Less Skilled ReadersScientific Studies of Reading.  20:421-435. 2016
2016 Refutation Texts: Overcoming Psychology Misconceptions that are Resistance to ChangeScholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology.  2:62-74. 2016
2014 Knowledge Activation, Integration, and Validation During Narrative Text ComprehensionDiscourse Processes.  51:26-49. 2014
2014 Knowledge Revision Processes in Refutation TextsDiscourse Processes.  51:374-397. 2014
2014 The role of relevance in activation and instantiation of predictive inferencesLanguage, Cognition and Neuroscience.  29:244-257. 2014
2013 Updating during reading comprehension: why causality matters.Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition.  39:854-865. 2013
2013 Occupational stereotypes: activation of male bias in a gender-neutral worldJournal of Applied Social Psychology.  43:387-396. 2013
2012 Tracking spatial information during reading: a cue-based process.Memory and Cognition.  40:791-801. 2012
2012 Using the contradiction paradigm to assess ageismJournal of Aging Studies.  26:174-181. 2012
2011 Does the Certainty of Information Influence the Updating Process? Evidence From the Reading of News ArticlesDiscourse Processes.  48:387-403. 2011
2010 Accessibility of outdated information.Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition.  36:979-991. 2010
2009 Contextual Specificity in the Activation of Predictive InferencesDiscourse Processes.  46:426-438. 2009
2009 Examining industry perspectives related to legacy data and technology toolset implementation.Engineering Design Graphics Journal.  71. 2009
2009 The Activation and Instantiation of Instrumental InferencesDiscourse Processes.  46:467-490. 2009
2008 Context and the activation of predictive inferences.Psychonomic Bulletin and Review.  15:351-356. 2008
2008 Analysis of self-efficacy and ability related to spatial tasks and the effect on retention for students in engineeringInternational Journal of Engineering Education.  24:488-494. 2008
2007 Effect of object and rotation type on self-efficacy and spatial ability test results.Engineering Design Graphics Journal.  71:1-8. 2007
2007 Foregrounding effects during reading, revisitedDiscourse Processes.  44:91-111. 2007
2005 Components of comprehension: A convergence between memory-based processes and explanation-based processesDiscourse Processes.  39:123-124. 2005
2005 Processing an anaphor when there is no antecedentDiscourse Processes.  39:101-120. 2005
2005 The scope of memory-based processingDiscourse Processes.  39:225-242. 2005
2004 Character profiles and the activation of predictive inferences.Memory and Cognition.  32:1044-1052. 2004
2004 Updating situation models: Reply to Zwaan and Madden (2004)Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition.  30:289-291. 2004
2002 Retrieval of concepts in script-based texts and narratives: the influence of general world knowledge.Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition.  28:780-790. 2002
2001 Situation-based context and the availability of predictive inferencesJournal of Memory and Language.  44:220-234. 2001
2000 Semantic and episodic effects on bridging inferencesDiscourse Processes.  29:179-199. 2000
1998 Updating a situation model: a memory-based text processing view.Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition.  24:1200-1210. 1998
1998 Accessing the discourse representation during readingDiscourse Processes.  26:131-157. 1998
1998 Memory-Based Text ProcessingDiscourse Processes.  26. 1998
1998 What is readily available during reading? A memory-based view of text processingDiscourse Processes.  26:109-129. 1998
1997 Processes involved in the resolution of explicit anaphorsDiscourse Processes.  23:1-24. 1997
1996 Accessing global causes during reading.Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition.  22:1208-1218. 1996
1995 Strategies for resolving coherence breaks in readingDiscourse Processes.  20:167-185. 1995
1995 The role of perspective in the accessibility of goals during reading.Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition.  21:364-372. 1995
1995 Activation and suppression of antecedents during reinstatement.Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition.  21:626-634. 1995
1995 The role of perspective in the accessibility of goals during the processing of narrative text.Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition.  21:364-372. 1995
1994 MAINTAINING GLOBAL COHERENCE DURING READINGJournal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition.  20:876-886. 1994
1993 Updating a mental model: Maintaining both local and global coherence.Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition.  19:1061-1070. 1993
1992 Comprehension strategies in the development of a mental model.Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition.  18:777-784. 1992
1991 Effects of centrality on retrieval of text-based concepts.Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition.  17:932-939. 1991
1991 The role of context in accessing antecedents in text.Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition.  17:94-102. 1991
1990 Antecedent retrieval processes.Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition.  16:241-249. 1990
1990 Elaborative inferencing as an active or passive process.Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition.  16:250-257. 1990
1988 Elaborative inferences during reading: do they occur on-line?Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition.  14:410-420. 1988
1987 The role of causal connections in the retrieval of text.Memory and Cognition.  15:419-427. 1987
1987 Antecedent search processes and the structure of text.Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition.  13:278-290. 1987
1987 Comprehension difficulty and memoryUniversity of Massachusetts Occasional Papers in Linguistics1987
1986 Anaphoric inference during reading.Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition.  12:346-352. 1986
1985 When comprehension difficulty improves memory for text.Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition.  11:12-21. 1985
1984 Memory search without interference: The role of integrationCognitive Psychology.  16:217-242. 1984
1982 Effect of delay in testing on retention of plausible versus bizarre mental images.Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition.  8:148-152. 1982
1980 Familiarity-based responding in item recognition: Evidence for the role of spreading activation.Journal of experimental psychology. Human learning and memory.  6:301-318. 1980
Taking the perspective of the narratorQuarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology
Validating information during reading: The effect of recency.Journal of Research in Reading

Chapter

Year Title
2018 Reading Comprehension Theories: A View from the Top Down. 2018
2016 Prior Knowledge Acquisition and Revision.  151-163. 2016
2016 Separating the Activation, Integration, and Validation Components of ReadingPsychology of Learning and Motivation - Advances in Research and Theory. 249-276. 2016
2015 Models of discourse comprehension.  217-231. 2015
2015 Passive activation and instantiation of inferences during reading.  Ed. O'Brien, Edward.  19-41. 2015
2015 Preface.  Ed. O'Brien, Edward.  xv-xvi. 2015
2014 The Knowledge Revision Components (KReC) Framework: Processes and Mechanisms.  353-377. 2014
2011 INTERWEAVING MEMORY-BASED PROCESSES INTO THE GOAL-FOCUSING MODEL OF TEXT RELEVANCE.  75-94. 2011
2001 Psychology of knowledge activation in text comprehension and problem solving..  8114-8117. 2001
1999 Text Comprehension: A view from the bottom up..  159-176. 1999
1995 Automatic components of discourse comprehension.  Ed. O'Brien, Edward.  159-176. 1995
1995 Goal Processing and the Maintenance of Global Coherence..  Ed. O'Brien, Edward.  159-176. 1995
Detecting differences between adapted narratives: Implication of order and modality on exposure
Fundamental Components of Reading Comprehension

Conference Proceeding

Year Title
2001 Situation-based context and the availability of predictive inferencesJournal of Memory and Language. 220-234. 2001

Teaching Activities

  • Research Methodology & Stats I Taught course 2018
  • Statistics in Psychology Taught course 2018
  • Advanced Seminar in Cognition Taught course 2018
  • Doctoral Research Taught course 2018
  • Resrch Methodology & Stats II Taught course 2018
  • Doctoral Research Taught course 2017
  • Research Methodology & Stats I Taught course 2017
  • Statistics in Psychology Taught course 2017
  • Doctoral Research Taught course 2017
  • Resrch Methodology & Stats II Taught course 2017
  • Statistics in Psychology Taught course 2017
  • Research Methodology & Stats I Taught course 2016
  • Statistics in Psychology Taught course 2016
  • Doctoral Research Taught course 2016
  • Appl Psyc/Research Experience Taught course 2015
  • Doctoral Research Taught course 2015
  • Statistics in Psychology Taught course 2015
  • Statistics in Psychology Taught course 2015
  • Advanced Seminar in Cognition Taught course 2015
  • Resrch Methodology & Stats II Taught course 2015
  • Research Methodology & Stats I Taught course 2014
  • Statistics in Psychology Taught course 2014
  • Resrch Methodology & Stats II Taught course 2014
  • Statistics in Psychology Taught course 2014
  • Education And Training

  • B.A. Psychology, Framingham State College
  • M.A. Experimental Psychology, State University of New York at Oswego
  • Ph.D. CognitivePsyc&Psycholinguistic, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
  • Full Name

  • Edward O'Brien