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Publications

Academic Article

Year Title
2018 Validating information during reading: the effect of recencyJournal of Research in Reading.  41:S85-S101. 2018
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 narratorQuarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.  1747021818779496. 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

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

  • Resrch Methodology & Stats II Taught course 2019
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  • Doctoral Research Taught course 2018
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  • Advanced Seminar in Cognition Taught course 2018
  • Doctoral Research Taught course 2018
  • Resrch Methodology & Stats II Taught course 2018
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  • Doctoral Research Taught course 2017
  • Resrch Methodology & Stats II Taught course 2017
  • Statistics in Psychology Taught course 2017
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  • Doctoral Research Taught course 2016
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  • 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