Louisa M. Slowiaczek

Professor of Psychology

Teaching this semester

PSYC 2740. Laboratory in Cognition

An analysis of research methodology and experimental investigations in cognition, including such topics as auditory and sensory memory, visual perception, attention and automaticity, retrieval from working memory, implicit and explicit memory, metamemory, concept formation and reasoning. Weekly laboratory sessions allow students to collect and analyze data in a number of different areas of cognitive psychology.

PSYC 3040. The Psychology of Language

An examination of psychological factors that affect the processing of language, including a discussion of different modalities (auditory and visual language) and levels of information (sounds, letters, words, sentences, and text/discourse). Emphasis is on the issues addressed by researchers and the theories developed to account for our language abilities.

Professor Slowiaczek specializes in cognitive psychology with an emphasis on language processing. She teaches cognitive psychology, psychology of language and experimental psychology. Her research interests include the influence of linguistic information on the organization of memory and the processing of spoken words.


  • Ph.D. , Indiana University; Bloomington, IN
  • B.S., University of Massachusetts; Amherst, MA

Selected Publications

Slowiaczek, L.M. & Kahan, T.A.  (2014).  Evidence for the automatic processing of prelexical codes in an orthographic but not a phonological task.  Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 21 (6), 1607-1616.

Arciuli, J., & Slowiaczek, L.M. (2007). The where and when of linguistic word-level prosody. Neuropsychologia, in press.

Slowiaczek, L.M.. Soltano, E.G., & Bernstein, H. (2006). Lexical and metrical stress in word recognition: Lexical or pre-lexical influences? Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 35, 491-512.

Slowiaczek, L.M., Soltano, E.G., Wieting, S.J., Bishop, K.L. (2003). an investigation of phonology and orthography in spoken word recognition. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 56, 233-262.

Slowiaczek, L.M. (2000). Hesitations and clarifications on a model to abandon feedback. Brain and Behavioral Sciences, 23 (3): 347-347.

Slowiaczek, L.M., McQueen, J.M., Soltano, E.G., & Lynch, M. (2000). Phonological representations in prelexical speech processing: Evidence from form-based priming. Journal of Memory and Language, 43, 530-560.

Hamburger, M.B. & Slowiaczek, L.M. (1998). Repetition priming and experimental context effects. American Journal of Psychology, 111, 1-31.
Full Text 

Hamburger, M.B. & Slowiaczek, L.M. (1996). Phonological priming reflects lexical competition in auditory word recognition. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 3, 520-525.