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Wendy Francis

 
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Psychology
El Paso Texas, 79968
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Professor, Psychology

Dr. Francis' research has focused on the question of how bilinguals access their vocabulary in comprehension and production using simple tasks such as picture naming, translation, and semantic classification. The experiments have examined how the speed of access to vocabulary and associated concepts changes as a function of learning, including both experimental and pre-experimental experience, and the impact of a single learning episode over time. The effects of identical and partial repetitions of these tasks on response time are used to derive the processes involved and to elucidate the mechanisms of learning involved in repetition priming. Other projects examine transfer of learning across languages and how the greater attentional demands and lower familiarity of a less fluent language impact explicit and implicit memory processes.

KEYWORDS

  1. Bilingualism
  2. Conceptual representation
  3. Lexical access
  4. Memory

UTEP STRATEGIC AREAS

  1. Education for the 21st Century Demographic
  2. Cross-cutting: U.S. –Mexico and Latin America: Social and Behavioral Issues
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