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Courses Currently Teaching (Spring 2014)


  • PSY 344 Adult Development & Aging
  • PSY 260 Cognitive Psychology
  • PSY 461 Language & Cognition
  • PSY 485 Undergraduate Research




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Research Activity


My current research focus is on inference processes during reading comprehension, and the conditions which support the elaborative inferences that can be drawn. Background material on the issues and methods in this work can be found in the article by R. Till, E. Mross, and W. Kintsch, entitled "Time course of priming for associate and inference words in a discourse context," published in Memory and Cognition, 1988, 16, pages 283-298.

In a related line of work, I have recently begun a project examining the effects of preoccupation (or "zoning out") on the comprehension of text materials. Thematic inferences are often missed when readers zone out, and even the detection of contradictory information may be impaired. A recent presentation of this line of work was the 2012 poster by T. Aroz and R. Till, entitled "Induced mind-wandering limits the sustaining of thematic inferences during reading," given at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association.

Students interested in working on research projects in these areas are encouraged to talk with me. They can earn some course credit (through PSY 485) for contributions to the research through involvement as part of a research team.


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  • Mail.

    Department of Psychology, Box 15106
    Northern Arizona University
    Flagstaff, Arizona 86011-5106

  • Phone.

    928 523-0713

  • Fax. 928 523-6777



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E-mail me at:
robert DOT till AT nau DOT edu

where DOT and AT are replaced with their symbols

Last updated: 12 MAR 2014