Edward J. O'Brien

Phone: (603) 862-3171
Office: Psychology, McConnell Hall Rm 173, Durham, NH 03824
Edward O'Brien


  • Ph.D., CognitivePsyc&Psycholinguistic, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
  • M.A., Experimental Psychology, State University of New York at Oswego
  • B.A., Psychology, Framingham State College

Research Interests

  • Models of basic memory and comprehension processes during reading

Courses Taught

  • PSYC 402: Statistics in Psychology
  • PSYC 595: Appl Psyc/Research Experience
  • PSYC 905: Research Methodology & Stats I
  • PSYC 906: Resrch Methodology & Stats II
  • PSYC 914: Advanced Seminar in Cognition
  • PSYC 999: Doctoral Research

Selected Publications

Williams, C. R., Cook, A. E., & O'Brien, E. J. (2018). Validating Semantic Illusions: Competition Between Context and General World Knowledge. JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY-LEARNING MEMORY AND COGNITION, 44(9), 1414-1429. doi:10.1037/xlm0000526

Chan, G. C., Magliano, J. P., & O’Brien, E. J. (2018). Processing the Outcomes of Characters’ Actions: The Impacts of Character Goals and Situational Context. Discourse Processes, 55(5-6), 497-509. doi:10.1080/0163853X.2018.1435147

Creer, S. D., Cook, A. E., & O’Brien, E. J. (2018). Competing Activation During Fantasy Text Comprehension. Scientific Studies of Reading, 22(4), 308-320. doi:10.1080/10888438.2018.1444043

Creer, S. D., Cook, A. E., & O’Brien, E. J. (2018). Taking the perspective of the narrator. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 174702181877949. doi:10.1177/1747021818779496

Walsh, E. K., Cook, A. E., & O'Brien, E. J. (2018). Overcoming violations of real-world knowledge in a fantasy-world text.. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.

Gerrig, R., & O'Brien, E. (2005). The Scope of Memory-Based Processing. Discourse Processes, 39(2), 225-242. doi:10.1207/s15326950dp3902&3_7

Myers, J. L., & O'Brien, E. J. (1998). Accessing the discourse representation during reading. Discourse Processes, 26(2-3), 131-157. doi:10.1080/01638539809545042

O'Brien, E. J., Rizzella, M. L., Albrecht, J. E., & Halleran, J. G. (1998). Updating a situation model: A memory-based text processing view.. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 24(5), 1200-1210. doi:10.1037/0278-7393.24.5.1200

Cook, A. E., Halleran, J. G., & O'Brien, E. J. (1998). What is readily available during reading? A memory‐based view of text processing. Discourse Processes, 26(2-3), 109-129. doi:10.1080/01638539809545041

Myers, J. L., O'Brien, E. J., Albrecht, J. E., & Mason, R. A. (1994). Maintaining global coherence during reading.. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 20(4), 876-886. doi:10.1037/0278-7393.20.4.876

Most Cited Publications