Debra Titone

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Contact Information:


Office: 2001 McGill College, 758
Phone: 514.398.1778
Email: debra.titone[at]


Mailing Address:
Department of Psychology
2001 McGill College, 7th floor
Montreal, QC
H3A 1G1


Debra Titone

Research Areas:

Cognition & Cognitive Neuroscience | Behavioral Neuroscience

Research Summary:

The Language & Multilingualism Lab investigates the cognitive, neural, and social processes involved in bilingual and monolingual language processing across a variety of populations (e.g., healthy younger and older adults, neuropathological populations).  To this end, the lab conducts behavioral studies, mostly eye-tracking, and neuroimaging (e.g., ERP) experiments to investigate the following kinds of questions: How do bilinguals resolve within- and cross-language ambiguity when comprehending written and spoken language? How do individual differences in language history, executive function, and the social use of language, affect language comprehension and production?  Are bilingual experiences and abilities associated with structural and functional brain changes?  How do first and second language users learn, represent and process formulaic and figurative language?  How do neuropathological/psychiatric conditions (e.g., schizophrenia, dyslexia) affect language processes such as skilled reading?

Selected References:

Whitford, V. & Titone, D. (2015). Second-Language Experience Modulates Eye Movements during First- and Second-Language Sentence Reading: Evidence from the Moving Window Paradigm. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory & Cognition, 41, 1118-1129.

Pivneva, I., Mercier, J., & Titone, D. (2014). Executive Control Modulates Cross-Language Lexical Activation During L2 Reading: Evidence From Eye Movements. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory & Cognition, 40, 787-796.

Baum, S. & Titone, D. (2014). Keynote Paper: Moving Toward a Neuroplasticity View of Bilingualism, Executive Control and Aging. Applied Psycholinguistics, 5, 857 - 894.

Sheikh, N., & Titone, D. (2013). Sensorimotor and Linguistic Information Attenuate Emotional Word Processing Benefits: An Eye Movement Study. Emotion, 13, 1107-1121.

Whitford, V., O’Driscoll, G. A., Pack, C. C., Joober, R., Malla, A., & Titone, D. (2013). Reading Impairments in Schizophrenia Relate to Individual Differences in Phonological Processing and Oculomotor Control: Evidence from a Gaze-Contingent Moving Window Paradigm. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 142, 57-75.

Levy, D.L., Coleman, M.A., Sung, H., Ji, F., Mendell, N.R., & Titone, D. (2010). The Genetic Basis of Thought Disorder and Language and  Communication Disturbances in Schizophrenia. Journal of  Neurolinguistics, 23, 176 – 192.

Libben, M. & Titone, D. (2009), Bilingual language processing in context: Evidence from eye movement recordings during reading. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 35, 381-390.

Klepousniotou, E. K., Titone, D. & Romero, C. (2008). Making sense of word senses: The comprehension of polysemy depends on sense overlap. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 34, 1534-1543.

Libben, M., & Titone, D. (2008). The multidetermined nature of idiomatic expressions. Memory & Cognition, 36, 1103-1131.

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