Delphine Dahan

Department of Psychology

Room 412

3401 Walnut street

Philadelphia, PA 19104-6228

Phone: (215) 898 0326

Fax: (215) 573 9247





I am interested in how adults represent and access the words they know. I have been using an eye-tracking methodology that consists of monitoring participants' eye movements to visually present objects as they process spoken instructions asking them to pick up one of the objects. The time it takes people to fixate the referred object, as well as fixations to the other objects, are informative about the mapping of sound forms onto lexical representations.


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Academic History

M.A., Cognitive Psychology, University of Paris La Sorbonne René Descartes, 1991

Ph.D., Psychology, University of Paris La Sorbonne René Descartes, 1994

Postdoc fellow, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 1995-1996

Postdoc fellow, Department of Cognitive Science, Johns Hopkins University, 1996-1997

Postdoc fellow, Department of Brain and Cognitive Science, University of Rochester, 1997-1999

Scientific staff member, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 1999-2003

American Psychological Association, Division of Experimental Psychology, New Investigator Award in Experimental Psychology: General, 2000

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, 2003-present




o       Psyc 135-001 Psychology of Language.
Offered: Spring 2004, Spring 2005
This course describes the nature of human language, as well as the linguistic knowledge and mental processes involved in language use (in production, comprehension, and acquisition).
The syllabus for Spring 2004 can be viewed here.

o       Psyc 335-301 Research Experience in Language
Offered: Fall 2004
This course focuses on how to conduct research in psycholinguistics, and more precisely, on the comprehension of spoken language, using behavioral methods such as the monitoring of eye movements during listening. Students are involved in designing an experiment, constructing materials, testing, as well as analyzing the data.


o       Psyc 736-301 Special Topics in Language
Offered: Spring 2005
This seminar examines core areas of research on language processing (in particular speech perception and [spoken and written] word recognition) based on behavioral, neuropsychological, and brain imaging data, with an emphasis on computational models.

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