Tessa Warren

Professor, University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychology

Affiliated Faculty, University of Pittsburgh Department of Linguistics

Senior Scientist, Learning Research & Development Center



Education and Training

PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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.

2nd Language Learning Cognitive Neuroscience Comprehension Learning & Memory Memory Reading Processes

Related Research Areas

Cognitive & Neural Foundations of Learning Reading & Language

Recent Publications

Albu, E., Dudschig, C., Warren, T., & Kaup, B. (2023). Does negation influence the choice of sentence continuations? Evidence from a four-choice cloze task. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.

Milburn, E., Dickey, M.W., Warren, T., & Hayes, R. (2021). Increased reliance on world knowledge during language comprehension in healthy aging: evidence from verb-argument prediction. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition.

Dresang, H.C.*, Hula, W.D., Yeh, F-C., Warren, T., & Dickey, M.W. (2021). White matter neuroanatomical predictors of aphasic verb retrieval. Brain Connectivity.

Dresang, H.C.*, Warren, T., Hula, W.D. & Dickey, M.W. (2021). Rational adaptation in using conceptual versus lexical information in adults with aphasia. Frontiers in Psychology - Language Sciences: Rational Approaches in Language Science, 12, 1-32.

Warren, T., & Dickey, M.W. (2021). The use of linguistic and world knowledge in language processing. Language and Linguistics Compass.

Tessa Warren's Google Scholar profile

News and Awards

Jamie Hanson, Timothy Nokes-Malach, Christian Schunn and Tessa Warren collaborated on a new website, 'Teaching in Psych," and were featured in a LRDC brief.

September 26,2022


The Psychology Department and the University Center for Teaching & Learning just launched a new website, "Teaching in Psych." LRDC faculty members Jamie Hanson, Timothy Nokes-Malach, Christian Schunn and Tessa Warren collaborated on this site which features helpful resources for improving and addressing barriers to teaching in Psychology.

September 26, 2022


Tessa Warren, Associate Professor, Psychology, and LRDC Research Scientist, was an invited Keynote Address speaker at the Linguistic Evidence Conference in Tuebingen, Germany.

February 2016

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