The DReaM Laboratory
Discourse, Reading, & Memory Research
As a cognitive psychologist, Dr. Upadhyay's research focuses on understanding the cognitive processes that inform reading.
Discourse processing - or text and narrative comprehension - involves more than simply understanding the individual words on a page.
Our mental representations for what we read build from the smallest units of language to the broadest higher-order
representations, and include word and sentence level comprehension, memory, attention, and social and pragmatic information.
Several broad questions guide Dr. Upadhyay's research:
We know our memory for the information we read is not infinite; what captures our attention as readers?
Are readers guided by a story character’s experience?
To what extent does a reader’s “inner voice” reflect a character’s voice?
If these questions intrigue and motivate you, click below to learn how to become a DReaM Lab Research Assistant!
Department of Psychology
James Madison University
91 E. Grace Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22807