- Bachelor of Arts, Vassar College, 1991 (Cognitive Science)
- Master of Arts, University Rochester, 1999 (Brain and Cognitive Sciences)
- Doctor of Philosophy, University Rochester, 2001 (Brain and Cognitive Sciences)
- NIH National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Fellow, SUNY Stony Brook, 2001-2004
I am a psycholinguist with a background in cognitive science, cognitive psychology, and linguistics. After my graduate training, I was a postdoctoral fellow at SUNY Stony Brook, working on ways to study comprehension during conversational interaction using head-mounted eyetracking technology. At Oberlin, I have set up two eyetracking laboratories, one for use in experiments that use computer-based displays and one for use in experiments where participants are in face-to-face, conversational settings.
I participate in the team-taught introductory course (Introduction to Psychological Science), and teach Cognitive Psychology, Advanced Methods in Cognitive Psychology, and an upper level Seminar in Psycholinguistics. I have also developed a First Year Seminar called Psychological Mythbusters: What do we believe, why do we believe it, and is it true?
My research focuses on the sources of information that contribute to moment-by-moment language comprehension, including linguistic factors (such as syntax and semantics), as well as factors that come from the context of being involved in a conversation (such as the common ground between interlocutors, their spatial perspectives, or their eye gaze). I have also conducted eyetracking reading experiments that looked at how prior discourse context affects within-sentence ambiguity resolution.
Hanna, J.E., Brennan, S.E., & Savietta, K.J. (Under revision). Costs and benefits of using a speaker's eye gaze in face-to-face communication. Accepted with revisions at Cognitive Science.
Brown-Schmidt, S. & Hanna, J.E. (2011). Talking in another person's shoes: Incremental perspective-taking in language processing. Dialog and Discourse, 2, 11-33.
Brennan, S.E. & Hanna, J.E. (2009). Partner-specific adaptation in dialogue. Topics in Cognitive Science (Special Issue on Joint Action), 1, 274-291.
Hanna, J.E. & Brennan, S.E. (2007). Speakers' eye gaze disambiguates referring expressions early during face-to-face conversation. Journal of Memory and Language, 57, 596-616.
Hanna, J.E. & Tanenhaus, M.K. (2004). Pragmatic effects on reference resolution in a collaborative task: evidence from eye movements. Cognitive Science, 28, 105-115.
Hanna, J.E., Tanenhaus, M.K., & Trueswell, J.C. (2003). The effects of common ground and perspective on domains of referential interpretation. Journal of Memory and Language, 49, 43-61.
NSF HCC-Small: Establishing and breaking conceptual pacts with dialog partners. Co-PI on collaborative grant with D. Byron (joint review by Information and Intelligent Systems/Human Centered Computing and Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences/Perception, Action, and Cognition). 10/2007-9/2010; No cost extension through 9/2011; NSF approved extensions through 3/2013; Supplement awarded to J.E. Hanna 6/2012.
NIH National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Fellow, SUNY Stony Brook, 2001-2004. Title: The use of perspective during referential communication. Sponsor: Dr. Susan E. Brennan.