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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.

Colvin, M.B. & Warren, T. (2020). Language comprehension models at different levels of explanation. Language and Linguistics Compass, 14, 1-14.

Patson, N.D. & Warren, T. (2020). Broadening interest in science through inquiry-based learning in undergraduate social science classrooms. Transformative Dialogues: Teaching and Learning Journal, 13(2).

Dresang, H.C., Dickey, M.W., & Warren, T. (2019). Semantic memory for objects and events: A novel test of event-related conceptual semantic knowledge. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 36 (7-8), 313-335.

Colvin, M., Warren, T., & Dickey, M. W. (2019). Event knowledge and verb knowledge predict sensitivity to different aspects of semantic anomalies in aphasia. In K. Carlson, C. Clifton, Jr., J. Fodor (Eds), Grammatical approaches to language processing (pp. 241-259). Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics, vol 48. Springer, Cham.

Patson, N. D. & Warren, T. (2019). Promoting interest in science through inquiry-based learning in undergraduate linguistics: A case study. In Patrick Farrell (Ed.), Proceedings of the Linguistic Society of America: Vol 4. (pp. 7: 1-8).

Milburn, E., Warren, T., & Walsh Dickey, M. (2018). Idiom comprehension in aphasia: Literal interference and abstract representation. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 47, 16-36.

Simons, A., & Warren, T. (2018). A closer look at strengthened readings of scalars. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 71, 272-279.

Warren, T., Dickey, M. W., & Liburd, T. L. (2017). A rational inference approach to group and individual-level sentence comprehension performance in aphasia. Cortex.

Tiv, M., Milburn, E. A., & Warren, T. (2016). The effects of transparency and ambiguity on idiom learning. Proceedings of the 38th annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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

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