Dr. Joy Hanna, Assistant Professor of Psychology, is conducting research with support of a grant from The National Science Foundation, which was transferred to Daemen College from Oberlin College in spring 2014. The research, titled, “Human-Robot (and/or Agents) Interaction (HRI): Collaborative Research: Establishing and Breaking Conceptual Pacts with Dialog Partners,” which began in 2007 with an award of $210,405, will continue through September 2014 at the Daemen campus.
A psycholinguist with a background in cognitive science, cognitive psychology, and linguistics, Hanna served as a postdoctoral fellow at SUNY Stony Brook, working on ways to study comprehension during conversational interaction using head-mounted eyetracking technology. During her career, she has 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.
Dr. Hanna’s 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). Hanna has also conducted eyetracking reading experiments that looked at how prior discourse context affects within-sentence ambiguity resolution.
Dr. Joy Hanna