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Sri Siddhi N. Upadhyay, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology

James Madison University


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!


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Published Work

Contact Information

Department of Psychology

James Madison University

MSC 7704

91 E. Grace Street

Harrisonburg, VA 22807

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