Duane Watson’s primary interest is in understanding the cognitive mechanisms that underlie human communication. He studies how speakers use varying aspects of prosody such as speech rate, rhythm, pausing, and intonation to communicate, and how listeners use this information in decoding speech. Duane is also deeply interested in how individual differences in language experience and cognitive abilities contribute to language production, comprehension, and reading. He use a variety of different methods to study these questions, including referential communication games, reading experiments, and eye-tracking studies.
Duane Watson received his doctorate from M.I.T., working with Ted Gibson. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Rochester, he took a faculty position in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2005. Duane joined Vanderbilt University as an Associate Professor of Psychology and Human Development in 2016.
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