John Trueswell

Director of Graduate Studies (Interim Director during Fall 2019)
BA, Cognitive Science, University of Rochester;
Ph.D., Psychology, University of Rochester
Office Location: 
Room 254, Levin Building, 425 S. University Ave.
Research Interests: 
Developmental Psychology
Language and Communication
Memory and Learning
Sensation and Perception


Specific Research Areas: 

Word learning, grammar learning, and real-time language comprehension

Research Synopsis: 

I'm interested in word learning, grammar learning, and real-time language comprehension. In much of my research, I record the eye movements of children and adults while they hear spoken utterances hat describe the visual world around them.


Selected Publications: 

Trueswell, J. C., Lin, Y., Armstrong, B., Cartmill, E. A., Goldin-Meadow, S., & Gleitman, L. R. (2016). Perceiving referential intent: Dynamics of reference in natural parent-child interactions. Cognition, 148, 117-135. Pozzan, L., & Trueswell, J.C. (2015). Revise and resubmit: How real-time parsing limitations influence grammar acquisition. Cognitive Psychology, 80, 73-108. Trueswell, J. C., Medina, T. N., Hafri, A., & Gleitman, L. R. (2013). Propose but verify: Fast mapping meets cross-situational word learning. Cognitive Psychology, 66(1), 126-156. Hafri, A., Papafragou, A., & Trueswell, J. C. (2013). Getting the Gist of Events: Recognition of Two-Participant Actions From Brief Displays. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 142(3), 880-905. Medina, T.N., Snedeker, J., Trueswell, J.C., & Gleitman, L.R. (2011). How words can and cannot be learned by observation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108, 9014-9019. Papafragou, A., Hulbert, J. & Trueswell, J.C. (2008). Does language guide event perception? Evidence from eye movements.Cognition,108 (1), 155-184 Novick, J.M., Thompson-Schill, S. & Trueswell, J.C. (2008). Putting lexical constraints in context into the visual-world paradigm. Cognition, 107(3), 850-903. Kaiser, E. & Trueswell, J.C. (2004). The Role of discourse context in the processing of a flexible word-order language. Cognition, 94(2) 113-147. Snedeker, J. & Trueswell, J.C. (2004). The developing constraints on parsing decisions: The role of lexical-biases and referential scenes in child and adult sentence processing. Cognitive Psychology, 49(3), 238-299. Trueswell, J.C., Sekerina, I., Hill, N.M. & Logrip, M.L. (1999). The kindergarten-path effect: studying on-line sentence processing in young children. Cognition, 73, 89-134.

Courses Taught: 

PSYC 151 Language and Thought
PSYC 600 (proseminar) Language

Linguistics Graduate Group
Alon Hafri [Psychology Graduate Student]
Lucia Pozzan [Research Associate]
Masha Fedzechkina [postdoc]