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Dr. Upadhyay's DReaM Lab

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The DReaM Team

Members of the Discourse, Reading, & Memory Laboratory

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.

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, apply to become a member of the DReaM Lab Team!


Dr. Sri Siddhi N. Upadhyay

Director of the Discourse, Reading, & Memory Lab

Dr. Upadhyay earned her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Binghamton University in New York. Her doctoral dissertation was titled Bringing Characters to Life: What Do Readers “Hear” When Reading Stories? Dr. Upadhyay's research focuses on understanding the cognitive processes that inform reading. Her favorite novel is The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster because it showed her how remarkable human language is. Dr. Upadhyay is currently reading American Gods by Neil Gaiman.


"We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading."

B.F. Skinner

Where to Find Us

The DReaM Lab is in the Department of Psychology at James Madison University.

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