Department of Educational Psychology
Roberta Corrigan is an educational psychologist who focuses on how children learn and what factors influence learning. Her research examines the relationships between language acquisition or processing and cognition or social cognition in adults and children. She is also interested in vocabulary and how it relates to literacy development. She uses language as a window to examine basic cognitive processes, particularly how language processing in young children is similar to or different from that of adults. Her recent work focuses on the role of the linguistic input in language learning. Corrigan has published the results of her research in numerous journals and is co-editor of four books.
Corrigan teaches learning and development, social cognition, and infancy and early childhood development. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Denver.
Corrigan is currently working on a project that examines the comprehension of storybooks written for young children. Specifically, she is examining what information is available in the books' pictures that is not available in the text itself, how this influences coherence, and how it influences comprehension. Corrigan is also working on an edited volume with colleagues in the Linguistics department on Formulaic Language (idioms, chunks, words that are typically used together and stored in memory as a unit) based on an international conference that was hosted at the university last Spring.