Dr. Gwen Rehrig, Ph.D.

           
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Projects

Current Projects

If You See Something, Say Something

with Taylor R. Hayes, John M. Henderson, and Fernanda Ferreira

Speakers often use language to describe the world around them, yet we know little about the real-world interaction of these systems. To talk about a scene, speakers convert a static image into a dynamic description using language (the linearization problem; Levelt, 1993). Visual attention also has a linearization problem because the eye moves dynamically across a scene. The goal of this project is to understand the relationship between scene level information available to the visual system (visual salience, meaning), visual attention, and speech.


Manuscripts related to this project: Henderson, Hayes, Rehrig, & Ferreira (2018), Ferreira & Rehrig (2019), Rehrig, Peacock, Hayes, Henderson, & Ferreira (2020), Rehrig, Hayes, Henderson, & Ferreira (accepted)

Publications

Papers

Published

Rehrig, G., Hayes, T. R., Henderson, J. M., & Ferreira, F. (2020). When scenes speak louder than words: Verbal encoding does not mediate the relationship between scene meaning and visual attention. Memory & Cognition, 1-15. doi:10.3758/s13421-020-01050-4 [access PsyArXiv preprint here]
Rehrig, G., Peacock, C. E., Hayes, T. R., Henderson, J. M., & Ferreira, F. (2020). Where the action could be: Speakers look at graspable objects and meaningful scene regions when describing potential actions. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition. [access PsyArXiv preprint here]
Henderson, J. M., Hayes, T. R., Peacock, C. E., & Rehrig, G. (2019). Meaning and attentional guidance in scenes: A review of the meaning map approach. Vision, 3(2), 19.
Ferreira, F. & Rehrig, G. (2019). Linearization during language production: Evidence from scene meaning and saliency maps. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 34(9), 1129-1139.
Henderson, J. M., Hayes, T. R., Rehrig, G., & Ferreira, F. (2018). Meaning guides attention during real-world scene description. Scientific Reports, 8, 13504.
Rehrig, G., & Stromswold, K. (2018). What does the DAP:IQ measure?: Drawing comparisons between drawing performance and developmental assessments. The Journal of Genetic Psychology, 179(1), 9-18. [access PsyArXiv postprint here]
Torres, E. B., Isenhower, R. W., Yanovich, P., Rehrig, G., Stigler, K., Nurnberger, J., & José, J. V. (2013). Strategies to develop putative biomarkers to characterize the female phenotype with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Neurophysiology, 110(7), 1646-1662.

Presentations

Talks

Rehrig, G., Hayes, T. R., Peacock, C. E., Henderson, J. M., & Ferreira, F. (2019). But what does it mean?: Meaning and language in real-world scene processing. May 24th 2019, Spring Psychology Conference, Center for Mind and Brain, Davis, CA.
Rehrig, G., Hayes, T. R., Henderson, J. M., & Ferreira, F. (2018). If you see something, say something: Meaning guides visual attention during the description of rich scenes. May 4th 2018, Spring Psychology Conference, Center for Mind and Brain, Davis, CA.
Rehrig, G., Schrum, N., & Stromswold, K. (2017). Acoustic correlates of syntax in English sentences produced by Mandarin speakers. December 2nd 2017, California Meeting on Psycholinguistics, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA.
Rehrig, G., Abraham, C., Patel, C., & Stromswold, K. (2015). Children's human figure drawing tasks: Measures of intelligence or motor skills? March 7th 2015, Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA.

Invited Talks

Acoustic correlates of syntax in sentence production and comprehension. Northwestern University, May 15th, 2017.

Posters

Rehrig, G., Hayes, T. R., Henderson, J. M. & Ferreira, F. (2020). Setting the scene: Saliency and meaning in linearization during scene description. Poster presented on March 20th, 2020 at the 33rd Annual CUNY Human Sentence Processing Conference, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. [see Twitter thread version of the poster presentation]
Rehrig, G., Hayes, T. R., Henderson, J. M. & Ferreira, F. (2018). If you see something, say something: Meaning guides visual attention during the description of rich scenes. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, New Orleans, LA, November 17, 2018. [see Twitter thread version of the poster presentation]
Rehrig, G., Schrum, N., Knutsen, S., & Stromswold, K. (2018). Use it or lose it: Delayed syntactic integration in L2 English speakers. Poster presented March 17th, 2018 at the 31st Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, UC Davis Conference Center, Davis, CA.
Rehrig, G., Knutsen, S., Schrum, N., de Lacy, P., & Stromswold, K. (2017). The long and short of it: The role of verb stem vowel duration in sentence processing. Poster presented at the 39th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Hilton London Metropole, London, UK.
Rehrig, G., Cheng, M., McMahan, B. C., & Shome, R. (2016). Why are the batteries in the microwave?: Use of semantic information under uncertainty in a search task. Poster presented May 17th 2016, Vision Sciences Society, TradeWinds Island Resort, St. Pete Beach, FL.
Rehrig, G., Abraham, C., Patel, C., & Stromswold, K. (2015). Components of drawing ability: A cross-sectional study. Poster presented March 20th 2015, 2015 Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA.
Rehrig, G., Beier, E., Chalmers, E., Schrum, N., & Stromswold, K. (2015). Robust acoustic cues indicate upcoming structure in active and passive sentences. Poster presented March 19th 2015, The 28th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Midtown Los Angeles Radisson Hotel, Los Angeles, CA.
Rehrig, G., Yanovich, P., DiFeo, G., Yang, L., Santos, E. M., Ross, N., & Torres, E. B. (2012). Congruent map between the kinesthetic and the visual perceptions of our physical movements, even with noise. October 17th 2012, Society for Neuroscience Conference, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA.
Rehrig, G., Yanovich, P., DiFeo, G., Yang, L., Santos, E. M., Ross, N. & Torres, E. B. (2012). What do we see in each other: How movement drives social interaction. May 31st, 2012, National Science Foundation IGERT PI Meeting, Capitol Hilton, Washington, D.C.

Honors and Awards