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Jocelyn R. Folk

Associate Professor

Education: Ph.D., University of South Carolina (1997)
Research Area: Experimental - Cognitive

Research Interests
My research interests center on understanding the cognitive processes underlying the ability to comprehend and produce written language, with emphasis on studies of reading and spelling abilities in skilled and less-skilled populations.  My laboratory includes a dual-purkinje eyetracker to explore moment-to-moment cognitive processing during reading.  Additionally, my research involves studies of neurologically impaired individuals with acquired language impairments to investigate cognitive processes and representations involved in normal language processing and how they become impaired.  I am also interested in understanding how hearing impairment influences how people read, focusing on the cognitive and linguistic skills of readers who are deaf.

Courses Frequently Taught

  • Cognitive Psychology (undergraduate)
  • General Psychology (undergraduate)
  • Cognitive Neuropsychology (graduate)
  • Reading Processes (graduate)


Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Folk, J. R., Rapp, B, & Goldrick, M. (2002). Lexical/sublexical interaction in spelling: What's the point? Cognitive Neuropsychology 19, 653-671.

Folk, J. R., & Morris, R. K. (2003). Effects of syntactic category assignment on lexical ambiguity resolution in reading: An eye movement analysis. Memory and Cognition, 31, 87-99.

Folk, J. R., & Jones, A. C. (2004). The purpose of lexical/sublexical interaction in spelling: Evidence from dysgraphia. Neurocase, 10, 65-69.

Folk, J. R., & Rapp, B. (2004). Interaction of lexical and sublexical information in spelling: Evidence from nonword priming. Applied Psycholinguistics, 25, 565-585.

Lacruz, I., & Folk, J. R. (2004). Feedforward and feedback consistency effects for high and low frequency words in lexical decision and naming. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 57(A), 1261-1284.

Goldrick, M., Folk, J. R., & Rapp, B. (2004).  Orthographic neighborhoods:  Evidence from dysgraphia.  Brain and Language, 94-95.

Jones, A. C., Folk, J. R., & Rapp, B. (2009). All Letters are not Equal: Sub-Graphemic Texture in Orthographic Working Memory. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 35, 1389-1402.

Goldrick, M., Folk, J.R., & Rapp, B. (2010).  Malaprop's neighborhood:  Using word errors to reveal neighborhood structure.  Journal of Memory and Language, 62, 113-134.

Brusnighan, S. M., & Folk, J. R., (2012).  Combining contextual and morphemic cures is beneficial during incidental vocabulary acquisition:  Semantic transparency in novel compound word processing.  Reading Research Quarterly, 47(2), pp. 172-190, doi:  10.1002/RRQ.015.

Jones, A. C., Folk, J. R., & Brusnighan, S. M. (2012):  Resolving syntactic category ambiguity:  An eye-movement analysis, Journal of Cognitive Psychology, DOI:  10.1080/20445911.2012.679925.


Jocelyn R. Folk
Department of Psychology
205 Kent Hall Addition
Phone: 330-672-4095