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Amit Almor

Associate Professor (Psychology)
University of South Carolina

Office: Barnwell 460
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Ph.D., Cognitive Science, Brown University

Research Interests

Professor Almor's main research are psycholinguistics and neuroimaging of language. His general research interest is on the relation between language and other cognitive mechanisms. More specifically, he has conducted research on the processing of anaphoric expressions in discourse, sentence production and comprehension, lexical representations and processing, the connection between language and memory performance in aging and in patients with Alzheimer's Disease, and more recently, the relation between spatial cognition and language.

For specific details about Dr. Almor's research please visit his home page.

Representative Publications

Shoji, S., Almor, A. Dubinsky, S. (in press). U-shape Effect in Bilingual and Monolingual Anaphor Processing in Japanese. Linguistics Vanguard.

Boiteau, T. W., Smith, C. M., Almor, A. (2017). Syntax response-space biases for hands, not feetAttention, Perception, & Psychophysics. doi:10.3758/s13414-016-1271-8

Conder, J., Fridrikson, J. Baylis, G., Smith, C., Boiteau, T. W., Almor, A. (2017). Bilateral parietal contributions to spatial languageBrain and Language, 164, 16-24.

Almor, A., de Carvalho Maia, J., Cunha Lima, M. L., Vernice, M., Gelormini-Lezama, C., (2017). Language Processing, Acceptability, and Statistical Distribution: A Study of Null and Overt Subjects in Brazilian PortugueseJournal of Memory and Language, 92(1), 98-113.

de Carvalho Maia, J., Vernice, M., Gelormini-Lezama, C.,Cunha Lima, M. L., Almor, A. (2016). Co-referential processing of pronouns and repeated names in ItalianJournal of Psycholinguistic Research. doi:10.1007/s10936-016-9450-2

Peters, S. A, & Almor, A. (2016). Creating the Sound of SarcasmJournal of Language and Social Psychology. doi: 10.1177/0261927X16653640

Peters, S., Wilson, K., Boiteau, T. W., Gelormini-Lezama, C., Almor, A. (2016). Do you hear it now? A native advantage for sarcasm processingBilingualism: Language and Cognition, 19(2), 400 - 414.

Boiteau, T. W., & Almor, A. (2016). Transitivity, space, & hand: The spatial grounding of syntaxCognitive Science. doi: 10.1111/cogs.12355.

Cheng, W. & Almor, A. (2016). Referent predictability is affected by syntactic structures: Evidence from Chinese. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research. doi:10.1007/s10936-016-9430-6

Cheng, W. & Almor, A. (2016). The effect of implicit causality and consequentiality on nonnative pronoun resolutionApplied Psycholinguistics. doi: 10.1017/S0142716416000035

Peters, S., Boiteau, T. W., & Almor, A. (2016). Pronouns, definite references and semantic relations in spoken language comprehensionFrontiers in Psychology. 7. 

Boiteau, T. W., Bowers, E., Nair, V. A., & Almor, A. (2014). The neural representation of plural discourse entitiesBrain and Language, 137, Pages 130-141

Boiteau, T. W., Malone, P. S., Peters, S. A., Almor, A. (2014). Interference between Conversation and a Concurrent Visuomotor TaskJournal of Experimental Psychology: General. 143(1) 295–311.

Gelormini-Lezama, C. & Almor, A. (2014). Singular and Plural Pronominal Reference in SpanishJournal of Psycholinguistic Research, 43(3) 299-313.

Gelormini-Lezama, C. & Almor, A. (2011) Repeated Names, Overt Pronouns and Null Pronouns in SpanishLanguage and Cognitive Processes. 26 (3), 437-454.

Almor, A., Aronoff, J. M., Macdonald, M. C., Gonnerman, L. M., Kempler, D., Hintiryan, H., Hayes, U. L., Arunachalam, S., and Andersen, E. S. (2009). A common mechanism in verb and noun naming deficits in alzheimer's patientsBrain and Language111 (1), 8-19

Almor, A., Smith, D. V., Bonilha, L., Fridriksson, J., Rorden, C. (2007). What's in a name?  Spatial brain circuits are used for tracking personal reference during discourseNeuroreport, 18 (12), 1215-1219.

Almor, A. & Nair, V. A. (2007). The Form of Referential Expressions in DiscourseLanguage and Linguistics Compass, 1 (1-2), 84–99.

MacDonald, M. C., Almor, A., Henderson, V. W., Kempler, D., & Andersen, E. S. (2001). Assessing working memory and language comprehension in Alzheimer's diseaseBrain and Language, 78(1), 17-42.

Almor, A. (1999). Noun-phrase anaphora and focus: The informational load hypothesis. Psychological Review,106,748-765.