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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.

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.

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., 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.

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.