Joy Hanna

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Biographical Information

Joy HannaI am a psycholinguist with a background in cognitive science, cognitive psychology, and linguistics. After my graduate training, I was a postdoctoral fellow at SUNY Stony Brook,working on ways to study comprehension during conversational interaction using head-mounted eyetracking technology. During my career, I have set up two eyetracking laboratories, one for use in experiments that use computer-based displays and one for use in experiments where participants are in face-to-face,conversational settings.

I have taught a number of standard courses within the Psychology major, including Introduction to Psychological Science, Cognitive Psychology, and Methods in Cognitive Psychology.  I have also developed an upper level Seminar in Psycholinguistics, as well an introductory level seminar called Psychological Mythbusters: What do we believe, why do we believe it, and is it true? The course I most love to teach is Introduction to Psychological Science; I find it particularly rewarding to introduce students to the science of psychology, whether they will end up a major or not, and to explore with them the theories and data that speak to how and why we think and behave the way we do.

My research focuses on the sources of information that contribute to moment-by-moment language comprehension, including linguistic factors (such as syntax and semantics), as well as factors that come from the context of being involved in a conversation(such as the common ground between interlocutors, their spatial perspectives,or their eye gaze). I have also conducted eyetracking reading experiments that looked at how prior discourse context affects within-sentence ambiguity resolution.

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts, Vassar College, 1991 (Cognitive Science)
  • Master of Arts, University Rochester, 1999 (Brain and Cognitive Sciences)
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University Rochester, 2001 (Brain and Cognitive Sciences)
  • NIH National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Fellow, SUNY Stony Brook, 2001-2004

Selected Articles

Hanna, J.E., Brennan, S.E., & Savietta, K.J. (Under revision). Costsand benefits of using a speaker's eye gaze in face-to-face communication.Accepted with revisions at Cognitive Science.

Brown-Schmidt, S. & Hanna, J.E. (2011).Talking in another person's shoes: Incremental perspective-taking inlanguage processing.  Dialog and Discourse, 2, 11-33.

Brennan, S.E. & Hanna, J.E. (2009).Partner-specific adaptation in dialogue.  Topics in Cognitive Science(Special Issue on Joint Action), 1, 274-291.

Hanna, J.E. & Brennan, S.E. (2007).  Speakers' eye gazedisambiguates referring expressions early during face-to-face conversation.Journal of Memory and Language, 57, 596-616.

Hanna, J.E. & Tanenhaus, M.K. (2004). Pragmatic effects onreference resolution in a collaborative task: evidence from eyemovements. Cognitive Science, 28, 105-115.

Hanna, J.E., Tanenhaus, M.K., & Trueswell, J.C. (2003). The effects ofcommon ground and perspective on domains of referential interpretation. Journalof Memory and Language, 49, 43-61.


NSF HCC-Small:Establishing and breaking conceptual pacts with dialog partners.  Co-PI oncollaborative grant with D. Byron (joint review by Information and IntelligentSystems/Human Centered Computing and Behavioral and CognitiveSciences/Perception, Action, and Cognition).  10/2007-9/2010; No costextension through 9/2011; NSF approved extensions through 3/2013; Supplementawarded to J.E. Hanna 6/2012.

NIH National ResearchService Award Postdoctoral Fellow, SUNY Stony Brook, 2001-2004. Title: The useof perspective during referential communication. Sponsor: Dr. Susan E.Brennan.

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