Rachel Ryskin



2016 – PhD in Cognitive Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2010 – BA in Cognitive Science, Northwestern University

Research Interests



Visuo-spatial context and comprehension

Pragmatic effects on language processing

Speaker-specific learning in comprehension

Current Projects

The contents of a communicated message are often corrupted by noise, for instance, when the speaker makes an error; yet, listeners are remarkably adept at inferring the intended meaning, in part because they have some representation of what that noise is likely to be. In current work, I aim to clarify the mechanisms by which listeners adapt their comprehension system to account for different types of noise and to examine whether this process differs in persons with aphasia.


Ryskin, R. A., Qi, Z., Duff, M., & Brown-Schmidt, S. (in press). Verb biases are shaped through lifelong learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition.
Ryskin, R. A., Wang, R. F., & Brown-Schmidt, S. (2016). Listeners use speaker identity to access representations of spatial perspective during online language comprehension. Cognition, 147, 75-84.
Ryskin, R. A., Benjamin, A. S., Tullis, J. & Brown-Schmidt, S. (2015). Perspective-taking in comprehension, production, and memory: an individual differences approach. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General,144, 898-915.
Ryskin, R. A., Yoon, S., & Brown-Schmidt (2015). Language, Memory, and Perspectives, in Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (eds.) Robert Scott and Stephen Kosslyn, Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons. DOI: 10.1002/9781118900772.etrds0200
Brown-Schmidt, S., Yoon, S., & Ryskin, R. A. (2015). People as Contexts in Conversation. In B. H. Ross (Ed.), Psychology of Learning and Motivation, Vol. 62, pp. 59-99. San Diego, CA: Elsevier Academic Press.
Ryskin, R. A., Brown-Schmidt, S., Canseco-Gonzalez, E., Yiu, L., & Nguyen, E. (2014). Visuospatial perspective-taking in conversation and the role of bilingual experience. Journal of Memory and Language, 74, 46-76. doi: 10.1016/j.jml.2014.04.003
Ryskin, R. A. & Brown-Schmidt, S. (2014). Do adults show a curse of knowledge in false-belief reasoning? A robust estimate of the true effect size. PLoS ONE, 9(3): e92406. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0092406
Rapp, D.N., Hinze, S.R., Kohlhepp, K., & Ryskin, R.A. (2014). Reducing reliance on inaccurate information. Memory & Cognition, 42, 11-26. doi: 10.3758/s13421-013-0339-0