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Brennan Payne


Assistant Professor of Psychology

Brain and Behavior





B.A. 2009, SUNY Oswego; M.S. 2012, University of Illinois; Ph.D 2014, University of Illinois


Cognitive Neuroscience; Aging; Language; Memory; Event-Related Brain Potentials; EEG; Eye-Movement Control

 Research in Dr. Payne’s lab is centered on understanding human language and memory systems across the adult lifespan. The lab adopts an interdisciplinary approach, merging theoretical models and methods from the cognitive and neural sciences, gerontology, linguistics, and quantitative and experimental psychology.  Research topics range across a number of areas, including cognitive and brain aging, sentence processing, visual word recognition, semantic memory, working memory, cognitive electrophysiology, eye-movement control in visual cognition, intra-individual variability in cognitive performance, and interventions to promote cognitive and brain health in adulthood.

Selected Publications:

Payne, B.R. & Federmeier, K.D. (in press). Event-related brain potentials reveal age-related changes in parafoveal-foveal integration during sentence processing. Neuropsychologia.

Payne, B.R. & Federmeier, K.D. (2017). Pace yourself: Intraindividual variability in context use during reading revealed by self-paced event-related brain potentials. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 29, 837-854.

Payne, B.R. & Stine-Morrow, E.A.L. (2016). Risk for mild cognitive impairment is associated with semantic integration deficits in sentence processing and memory. The Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 71, 243-253.

Payne, B.R., Stites, M.C., & Federmeier, K.D. (2016). Out of the corner of my eye: Foveal semantic load modulates parafoveal processing in reading. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 26, 1839-1857.

Payne, B.R., Lee, C-L., & Federmeier, K.D. (2015). Revisiting the incremental effects of context on word processing: Evidence from single-word event-related brain potentials. Psychophysiology, 52,1456-1469.

Payne, B.R., Gross, A.L, Parisi, J.M., Sisco, S., Stine-Morrow, E.A.L., Marsiske, M., & Rebok, G.W. (2014). Modeling longitudinal changes in older adults’ memory for spoken discourse: Findings from the ACTIVE cohort. Memory, 22, 990-1001.

Payne, B.R., Grison, S., Gao, X., Christianson, K., Morrow, D.G., & Stine-Morrow, E.A.L. (2014). Aging and individual differences in binding during sentence understanding: Evidence from temporary and global syntactic attachment ambiguities. Cognition, 130, 157-173. 

Last Updated: 5/24/18