Scott Fraundorf

Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychology

Research Scientist, Learning Research & Development Center


Education and Training

PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Research Interests

My research focuses on the interplay between language and long-term learning. How does long-term learning about language contribute to our ability to understand language quickly and accurately, and how do linguistic devices in turn affect what we learn and remember over the long term? A related line of work concerns metacognition: how learners understand and reason about their own learning, and how they may leverage that when studying and retrieving information.

Comprehension Interventions Memory Reading Processes Research/Practice Partnerships

Related Research Areas

Motivation & Engagement Reading & Language

Recent Publications

Morett, L. M., Fraundorf, S. H., & McPartland, J. C. (2021). Eye see what you're saying: Contrastive use of beat gesture and pitch accent affects online interpretation of spoken discourse. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition.

Lee, E.-K., & Fraundorf, S. H. (2021). Do L1-L2 differences in discourse processing reflect processing demands or difficulty of form-function mapping? Evidence from self-paced listening of contrastive prosody. Studies in Second Language Acquisition.

Tullis, J.G., & Fraundorf, S.H. (2021) "Selecting effectively contributes to the mnemonic benefits of self-generated cues." Memory and Cognition

Norberg, K.A. & Fraundorf, S.H. (2021). Memory benefits from contrastive focus truly require focus: Evidence from clefts and connectives.Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 36(3).

Morett, L. M., Roche, J. M., Fraundorf, S. H., & McPartland, J. C. (2020). Contrast is in the eye of the beholder: Infelicitous beat gesture increases cognitive load during online spoken discourse comprehension.Cognitive Science, e12912.

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News and Awards

Kudos to LRDC Research Scientist Scott Fraundorf, Department of Psychology, who has earned tenure.

June 22, 2020

LRDC Research Scientist Scott Fraundorf is quoted in "Filler Words Like 'Um' Aren't All Bad, and Can Be Used to Your Advantage" in the weblog “lifehacker.”

July 28, 2016


Scott Fraundorf, LRDC Research Scientist and Assistant Professor, Psychology, was cited in the Quartz article “Can’t Quit Saying “um” and “ah”? Just Learn How to Use Them Better”


LRDC awarded a grant to Scott Fraundorf, LRDC Research Scientist and Assistant Professor, Psychology, and Brian Galla, LRDC Research scientist and Assistant Professor, School of Education for “Uniting Cognitive and Motivation Science: An Opportunity-Cost Model of Self-Regulated Learning.”


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