- Ph.D., Linguistics, Michigan State University, 2002
- M.A., Applied Linguistics/TEFL, Ball State University, 1992
- B.S., East Asian Studies, Augsburg College, 1988
Key Professional Appointments
- Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2004--
- NIH Postdoctoral Trainee, Department of Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Amhurst, 2002-2004
- Assistant Professor, , University of Aizu, Japan, 1993-1996
Activities & Honors
- 2012 COE Graduate Teaching Award, College of Education, 2012-
- Arnold O. Beckman Award, Awarded to projects of special distinction or unusual promise for designation as Arnold O. Beckman Awards., Campus Research Board, 2008-2009
- Review panel member, http://www.govtilr.org/, Interagency Language Roundtable, 2008-
- CUNY 2009 Proposal Reviewer, CUNY 2009, CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, 2008-
- Was member of Faculty Adviroy Committee for SLRF, Second Language Research Forum, Second Language Research forum, 2007-
- Became a member of APS, APS, Association for Psychological Science, 2007-
- Guest commentary, The News Gazette, 2005-
Research StatementMy research is heavily influenced and informed by linguistic theory. At the same time, my goal is to make deeper, broader connections between linguistics and various sub-fields of cognitive psychology. Overarching themes in my present work are (mis)interpretation in sentence processing, morphological processing during reading, and crosslinguistic research. In particular, at present I am or will soon be conducting experiments in sentence comprehension and production, visual word recognition, reading, and second language acquisition.
- Principal Investigator, Faculty Summer Support: Reading, Comprehending, and Solving Algebraic Word Problems, Bureau of Educational Research, 2008-2008
- Principal Investigator, GRA Support: Lexical, Syntactic, and World Knowledge in Foreign Language Comprehension and Translation, Bureau of Educational Research, 2007-2008
- Principal Investigator, The Interaction of Two Languages in the Minds of Korean-English Bilinguals, Campus Research Board, 2006-2006
- Principal Investigator, Visual Word Processing in Korean, Campus Research Board, 2005-2006
- Principal Investigator, Exploring Multiple Representations Derived from a Single Linguistic Input, Campus Research Board, 2005-2006
- Shin, J-A. & Christianson, K. (2012). Structural priming and second language learning. Language Learning, 62, 931-964.
- Lim, J-H. & Christianson, K. (in press). Integrating meaning and structure in L1-L2 and L2-L1 translations. Second Language Research.
- Stites, M. C., Luke, S. G., & Christianson, K. (in press). The Psychologist Said Quickly, “Dialogue Descriptions Modulate Reading Speed!” Memory & Cognition.
- Luke, S. G. & Christianson, K. (2012). Semantic predictability eliminates the transposed-letter effect: Insights from a combined self-paced reading and masked-priming paradigm. Memory & Cognition, 40, 628-641.
- Christianson, K., Mestre, J., & Luke, S. G. (2012). Practice makes (nearly) perfect: Solving "students & professors"-type algebra word problems. Applied Cognitive Psychology. DOI: 10.1002/acp.2863.
- Kim, J-H. & Christianson, K. (2012). Sentence complexity and working memory effects in ambiguity resolution. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research. DOI 10.1007/s10936-012-9224-4.
- Luke, S. G. & Christianson, K. (2012). SPaM: A combined self-paced reading and masked-priming paradigm. Behavior Research Methods. DOI 10.3758/s13428-012-0239-4.
- Lim, J-H. & Christianson, K. (2012). Second language sentence processing in reading for comprehension and translation. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. DOI: 10.1017/S1366728912000351.
- Christianson, K. & Luke, S.G. (2011). Context strengthens initial misinterpretations of text. Scientific Studies of Reading, 15, 136-166.
- Luke, S. G. & Christianson, K. (2011). Stem and whole-word frequency effects in the processing of inflected verbs in and out of a sentence context. Language and Cognitive Processes, 26, 1173-1192.
- Shin, J.-A., & Christianson, K. (2011). The status of dative constructions in Korean, English, and in the minds of Korean-English bilinguals. In H. Yamashita, J. Packard & Y. Hirose (Eds.), Processing and Producing Head-final Structures (pp. 153-169). New York: Springer.
- Lin, T-J., Anderson, R. C., Ku, Y-M., Christianson, K., & Packard, J. (2011). Chinese children's concept of word. Writing Systems Research, 3, 41-57.
- Christianson, K., Luke, S.G., & Ferreira, F. (2010). Effects of plausibility on structural priming. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 36, 538-544.
- Shin, J-A., & Christianson, K. (2009). Syntactic processing in Korean-English bilinguals: Evidence from cross-linguistic structural priming. Cognition, 112, 175-180.
- Christianson, K. & Cho, H.Y. (2009) Interpreting null pronouns (pro) in isolated sentences. Lingua, 119(7), 989-1008.
- Christianson, K. (2008). Sensitivity to changes in garden path sentences. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 37, 391-403.
- Christianson, K., Williams, C. C., Zacks, R. T., & Ferreira, F. (2006). Misinterpretations of garden-path sentences by older and younger adults. Discourse Processes, 42, 205-238.
- Schmitt, L. M., Christianson, K., & Gupta, R. (2006). Linguistic computing with UNIX tools. In A. Kao & S. Poteet (Eds.), Text mining and natural language processing (pp. 221-258). New York: Springer.
- Christianson, K., Johnson, R. L., Rayner, K. (2005). Letter transpositions within and across morphemes. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 31, 1327-1339.
- Beretta, A., Campbell, C., Carr, T., Huang, J., Schmitt, L.M., Christianson, K., et al. (2003). An ER-fMRI investigation of regular and irregular inflection in German. Brain and Language, 85(1), 67-92.
- Christianson, K. (2001). Optimality theory in language production: The choice between direct and inverse in Odawa. Linguistica Atlantica, 23, 93-126.
- Christianson, K., Hollingworth, A., Halliwell, J. F., & Ferreira, F. (2001). Thematic-roles assigned along the garden path linger. Cognitive Psychology, 42, 368-407.
- Ferreira, F., Christianson, K., & Hollingworth, A. (2001). Misinterpretations of garden- path sentences: Implications for models of sentence processing and reanalysis. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 30(1), 3-20.
In The News
Bureau of Educational Research holds seminar: 'Long but Fulfilling Journey to Distinguished Teaching and Advising'
Dec. 19, 2012
Students, faculty, and staff joined together to hear advice and reflections of College of Education teaching award recipients at the Bureau of Educational Research's fall seminar, held on December 6. After sharing a meal, attendees enjoyed hearing down-to-earth and practical teaching and advising insight from three panel members, all of whom won a 2011-12 outstanding graduate teaching award. Read more...
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