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Tessa Warren

Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychology

Affiliated Faculty, University of Pittsburgh Department of Linguistics

Research Scientist, Learning Research & Development Center

Research Interests

The general question that drives my research is how people understand language. I'm interested in characterizing the mental system that allows a reader or listener to read or hear a string of words and form an appropriate mental representation based on those words and a mental representation of the context. My work is informed by formal linguistics as well as cognitive psychology.

Warren, T., Dickey, M.W., & Lei, C. (2016). Structural prediction in aphasia: Evidence from “either”. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 39, 38-48.

Millburn, E., Warren, T., Dickey, M. W. (2016). World knowledge affects prediction as quickly as selectional restrictions: evidence from the visual world paradigm. Language, Cognition, and Neuroscience, 31(4), 536-548.

Hayes, R. A., Dickey, M. W., Warren, T. (2016). Looking for a Location: Dissociated Effects of Event-Related Plausibility and Verb–Argument Information on Predictive Processing in Aphasia. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 25.

Lei, C-M., Dresang, H. C., Holcomb, M. B., Warren, T. C., Dickey, M. W. (2016). Neural bases of semantic-memory deficits for events. Proceedings of the 38th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, 3026-3031.

Tuninetti, A., Warren, T., & Tokowicz, N. (2015). Cue strength in second-language processing: An eye-tracking study. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. 

Hayes, R. A., Dickey, M. W., Warren, T. (2015). Prediction of arguments and adjuncts in aphasia: Effects of event-related and verb-specific knowledge. Frontiers in Psychology.

Dickey, W., & Warren, T. (2015). The influence of event-related knowledge on verb-argument processing in aphasia. Neuropsychologia, 67, 63-81.

Warren, T., Millburn, E., Patson, N. D., & Dickey, M. W. (2015). Comprehending the impossible: What role do selectional restriction violations play? Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 30(8), 932-939.

Dickey, M.W., Warren, T., Milburn, E.A., Hayes, R.A., Lei, C-M. (2015). Verb-based anticipatory processing in aphasia. Frontiers in Psychology.

Warren, T., Liburd, T., & Dickey, M. W. (2014). Sentence comprehension in aphasia: A noisy channel approach. Academy of Aphasia-52nd Annual Meeting, Miami, FL.

Patson, N., George, G., & Warren, T. (2014). The conceptual representation of number. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 67, 1349-1365.

Dickey, M. W., Warren, T., Hayes, R., & Milburn, E. (2014). Prediction during sentence comprehension in aphasia. Frontiers in Psychology Conference Abstract: Academy of Aphasia -- 52nd Annual Meeting.

Patson, N. D. & Warren, T. (2014). Comparing the roles of referents and event structures in parsing preferences. Language and Cognitive, 29(4), 408-423. 

Patson, N. D., & Warren, T. (2014). The mental representation of plural events. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 22, 1-47.

Patson, N.D., Gerret, G. & Warren, T. (2013). The mental representation of plurals. Cognition.

Vanyukov, P. M., Warren, T., Wheeler, M. E., & Reichle, E. D. (2012). The emergence of frequency effects in eye movements. Cognition, 123, 185-189.

Warren, T., & Dickey, M. W. (2011). On line costs for predicting upcoming syntactic structure. In J. Harris & M. Grant (Eds.), UMass occasional papers in linguistics 38: Processing structure.

Warren, T. (2011). The influence of plausibility and anomaly on eye movements in reading. In I. Gilchrist, S. Everling, & S. Liversedge (Eds.), The Oxford handbook on eye movements.

Tuninetti, A., Tokowicz, N., & Warren, T. (2011). Cross-language similarity in L2 learning: An eye-tracking study. Poster to be presented at the 8th International Symposium on Bilingualism, Oslo, Norway.

Vanyukov, P. M., Warren, T., & Reichle, E. D. (2011). Effects of frequency on eye movements in reading and visual search. Poster to be presented at the European Conference on Eye Movements, Marseilles, France.

Warren, T., Reichle, E. D., & Patson, N. D. (2011). Lexical and post-lexical complexity effects on eye movements in reading. Journal of Eye-Movement Research, 4, 1-10.

Patson, N. D., & Warren, T. (2011). Building complex reference objects from dual sets. Journal of Memory and Language, 64(4), 443-459.

White, S. J., Warren, T., & Reichle, E. D. (2011). Parafoveal preview during reading: Effects of sentence position. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.

Tokowicz, N., & Warren, T. (2010). Beginning adult L2 learners' sensitivity to morphosyntactic violations: A self-paced reading study. European Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 22(7), 1092-1106.

Patson, N. D., & Warren, T. (2009). Eye movements when reading implausible sentences: Investigating potential structural influences on semantic integration. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 1(1), 1-17.

A list of recent LRDC award recipients is on page 18 of the August 28 issue of the University Times. Einat Heyd-Metzuyanim, Melissa Libertus, Diane Litman, Charles Perfetti, Christian Schunn, Natasha Tokowicz, Tessa Warren, and Jingtao Wang were all mentioned.

August 2014


Congratulations to Tessa Warren who has won a Women in Cognitive Science Mentorship Award.

May 2014

Editorial Board, Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.

Contributor to The Blackwell Guide to Research Methods in Bilingualism and Multilingualism, winner of the 2009 British Association of Applied Linguistics Book Prize

Burnett Fellowship


Full funding award for an outstanding graduate student in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences department.

The Angus MacDonald Award for Outstanding Teaching Assistance

March 2000

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship